Some driv­ers just don’t know what a red ar­row means

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QI don’t think ev­ery­one knows, es­pe­cially tourists or re­cent trans­plants, that a red ar­row means you can­not make a right turn on red. My wife, who is from Washington state, didn’t know for a long time af­ter­mov­ing here since a right turn on a red ar­row is al­lowed af­ter a stop (bar­ring a sign pro­hibit­ing it) there and in Ore­gon and Utah, to name a few. This is one of those ar­eas where I wish states would be more con­sis­tent, so it is good to have a re­minder in your col­umn ev­ery now and again. — Ryan Ya­suda, San Car­los

AWhen Ryan’s email rolled in, I thought, “Come on, we all know that a red ar­row means no turn­ing on red, right?” And then this ar­rived:

QCan one turn right on a red ar­row af­ter com­ing to a com­plete stop then pro­ceed to turn if it is safe to do so? — Bob Si­mons and a few oth­ers

ANope. Bob is a savvy driver, but if he got this wrong it’s time to re­peat 1,000 times:

You can­not turn right on a red ar­row.

You can­not turn right on a red ar­row.

You can­not turn right on a red ar­row.

QTrucks on Yg­na­cio Val­ley Road of­ten use “Jake Brake” to slow their down­hill progress from the Kirker Pass grade. This re­sults in a loud grat­ing clat­ter that can be heard for miles. As one who lives a half-mile off Yg­na­cio, is this le­gal in­side Wal­nut Creek’s city lim­its? — Ros­alie Howarth, Wal­nut Creek

AJake Brake is le­gal un­less a city or a county passes leg­is­la­tion to ban them. That’s not likely here with so much truck traf­fic from the quar­ries.

QThe over­head signs on In­ter­state 580 dis­play both FasTrak and FasTrak Flex. But the over­head signs on In­ter­state 680 in Con­tra Costa County dis­play only FasTrak. Since this is the new­est, why not the same as I-580? — James Barrett, Pleasan­ton

AOK, the signs on the I-580 and I- 680 Con­tra Costa Ex­press Lanes are dif­fer­ent, but the re­quire­ments for FasTrak and FasTrak Flex are the same.

On the I- 680 Con­tra Costa Ex­press Lane, the “FasTrak and FasTrak Flex” signs are mounted on the me­dian bar­rier.

The over­head Vari­able Toll Mes­sag­ing Signs have a change­able mes­sage dis­play panel.

But the I-580 over­head pric­ing signs do not have change­able mes­sage ca­pa­bil­ity, so they con­vey the FasTrak Flex logo stat­i­cally.

To travel toll-free as a car­pool, el­i­gi­ble cleanair ve­hi­cle or mo­tor­cy­cle driv­ers must have a FasTrak Flex toll tag set in the 2 or 3+ po­si­tion.

Solo driv­ers can use ei­ther a stan­dard FasTrak or a FasTrak Flex toll tag set in the “1” po­si­tion to use the lanes.

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