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Susan Lister with her Prius at her home in Los Gatos, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Lister is one of about 300 drivers who got a bumper sticker form Mr. Roadshow telling other drivers to use their turn signals, and placed it on her Prius. (LiPo Ching/Staff)

Q I was so glad to see your article about handing out Roadshow bumper stickers telling drivers to use their blinkers. This has been a growing problem and a lot of people are very annoyed at this situation. It is such a conversation starter among friends and strangers. I agree that it is due to just plain lack of courtesy, laziness and part distraction.

Lourdes Rordriguez

San Jose

A I've handed out around 300 bumper stickers and have been flooded with a few hundred more requests. More stickers -- saying "I don't read minds / SO SIGNAL, DAMMIT!" or "Be a thinker / USE YOUR BLINKER" -- will be in the mail soon and will go out as long as they last.

A survey by Response Insurance, a national car insurer, found that 42 percent of drivers who don't signal say they don't have enough time, 23 percent admit they are just plain lazy, 17 percent don't signal because when they do, they forget to turn it off, 12 percent say they are changing lanes too frequently to bother, 11 percent say it is not important, 8 percent say they don't signal because others don't, and, get this, 7 percent say forgoing the signal "adds excitement to driving."

This is depressing me.

Q I think your bumper sticker campaign is a great and much-needed initiative. I am an Australian and spent four months driving in the Bay Area, and the biggest driving issue I noticed (apart from driving on the other side of the road!) was the lack of blinker use. I couldn't believe how prevalent it was, and it just seems endemic in the culture. I hope the bumper sticker changes some poor driving habits.

Steve Jones

Rutherglen, Australia

A Me too.

Q I read with great interest the articles on use of turn signals. I have a very simple rule for turn signal usage: There is never a reason not to use the turn signal. Even if I know I'm the only vehicle on the road, using the turn signal might help tell the unseen vehicle rapidly coming up on me that I might turn into their lane.

Dale Lucks

Campbell

A I so agree with you.

Q Gary, I saw something the other day that I had never seen in my nine-plus years living in the Bay Area. I actually saw a police officer using his turn signals. Don't you think they should lead by example? It seems that very few drivers use their signals anymore. I can't figure out if they are ignorant, lazy or just plain thoughtless.

Jim Wadstrup

San Jose

A Several traffic cops say they can do a better job of using their blinkers, but some also say they may fail to signal because they're on a radio call or occupied by some other police business.

Q I wholeheartedly agree that there are far too may motorists who appear to have forgotten that they have turn signals. But the bumper stickers you're pushing are kind of ridiculous, and I'm amazed that you and some police officers are condoning them.

If someone wrote to you saying that they got out of their car while stopped at the lights, walked to the car behind them and shouted at the driver, "I CAN'T READ MINDS, SO SIGNAL, DAMMIT," would you condone that? Of course not, and that's exactly what these bumper stickers are doing.

These stickers are just asking for trouble, and the sooner they're outlawed the better.

Peter Haworth

Soquel

A Outlaw a Roadshow bumper sticker? No chance.

Q I agree with your bumper sticker campaign, and I would like a quantity of them (not the ones with "dammit"; stupid drivers are ornery anyway, and they may get more upset). I can distribute as many as you would like to send. I am a retired Belmont police officer, and for 27 years as a patrol officer, I majored in traffic control, radar, etc. I agree with your column and comments 100 percent (or thereabouts). Keep up the good work.

Bob Gorran

Belmont

A Thanks. You are one of many cops cheering this on.

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