Q Maybe you can answer a question that has eluded my family and me. What has happened to San Jose police motorcycle units? It seems that the only time you see any is for funeral processions or city events.

Scott Smith

San Jose

A There aren't as many of them. Four years ago, there were six motor teams, each consisting of six officers and a sergeant. Today there are four motor teams consisting of four officers and a sergeant. That's a drop from 42 to 20.

Q While driving in San Jose recently, a friend was rear-ended. The other driver stopped, but could not produce a driver's license or proof of insurance. Police begrudgingly came to the accident, but would not write a report, issue a ticket or arrest the driver, as my friend was uninjured. Can you help us make sense of this screwed-up situation?

Anonymous

A There was a time when San Jose police took a report for all accidents. But taking reports for property-damage-only collisions, which is essentially a civil matter, is something they no longer do since the number of cops has been reduced and reassigned to higher-priority calls. They will, however, help drivers exchange information and if they learn that one or both is unlicensed or lacks proof of insurance, a ticket can be issued.


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Q Oh, guru of the highway, I have a complaint. Every few weeks I drive Highway 101 from San Jose to Solvang. No matter the day, the concerns are the same (well really, the fears, which have escalated in recent years).

Between Santa Maria and San Jose I NEVER see any CHP on the road. And I mean never!

What I do see are speeding truckers passing each other and going well over 65 in the fast lane and cars exhibiting all the aggressiveness seen on any highway. I believe they somehow know that they will not be pulled over either, as some behavior, especially the truckers', is blatantly aggressive and illegal.

So where are the CHP? Why do I NEVER see anyone pulled over? Too many speeders, semis weaving and other dangerous shenanigans have me more alarmed now than in past years. Yes, it's much worse and I've been making this drive for 40 years!

Susie Pierson

San Jose

A This is another example of too many roads, too few officers. The CHP's Hollister-Gilroy area office is responsible for San Benito County and part of Santa Clara County. Depending on what time a motorist travels through here on 101, there may be only two units assigned and they may be anywhere east or west of 101 handling calls on county roads or routes such as 129, 152 and 156.

Q Lately, I have been on the road a lot going to Colfax and Truckee. It has been great to see policemen on the road giving out citations. Finally, with this visibility it might alert people to do the correct thing.

Linda Sanders

Cupertino

A A cop, a ticket book and peace on Interstate 80. Is it that simple?

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