Q I do not understand why people are so mad about so-called dive bombers. There are a few of us who do not regularly commute to the same place everyday. So, it is not obvious to us that the huge one-mile pileup on the slow lane is for an exit that is maybe two exits down. So when we get a chance we merge and respectfully wave, thanks to the person who lets us in.
A On the other hand. ...
Q These line-waiting bozos who get mad and who KNOW that the exit lane is clogged for a mile or more -- why are they so dumb that they do this every single day? Don't they know that stopping even in the slow lane on a freeway is not a good idea and could be grounds for a ticket? Why can't they try to change their time, take another exit, change their job or relocate to (say) North Dakota? Anything is better than trying to get killed by stopping in the slow lane waiting for a clogged exit to clear -- and getting ulcers watching dive bombers!!
A Oh, I concur. ...
Q And who are these dive bombers? Would you call the guy exiting north Highway 101 to south Interstate 880 a dive bomber messing up with the guys waiting on south 880 to get to south 101?
A It's the people who cruise to the end of an exit lane, bypassing slower cars, and then with little warning merge back into traffic. Brakes screech, taillights go bright red and tempers often flare.
Q When I drive in other states, generally there is an excellent system of numerical marking of exits, both overhead and at the exit itself. This gives quick and reassuring alerts to the driver unfamiliar with the route.
California finally decided to adopt this numbering system, but only halfheartedly. Some exits have a number, many don't. The overhead exit signs may or may not indicate the exit number of an upcoming exit. Are there plans to make the signage ubiquitous on major routes?
A Numbering the state's nearly 6,000 freeway exits has been a work in progress since 2002, and so far about 4,000 have been done. Because each overhead sign costs a minimum of $10,000, Caltrans decided to update the signs as they wear out or need replacing, rather than replacing them all at once. The new numbered signs have reflective backgrounds that are more visible at night.
Q Now that it evidently is legal to use the maps on your cellphone while driving (at least as of a couple of weeks ago), is there anything that can be done for those of us who were recently ticketed for the same infraction? I had to pay a $165 fine for using my cellphone while driving in November. I had actually taken a couple of glimpses at the map on my phone when I was pulled over, which I explained to the officer. I even showed it to him. At that time, it didn't matter.
I'm guessing not, but thought I'd ask!
A It never hurts to ask, but the answer is no. The court ruling came down after you had been ticketed.