Traffic Jammin’ with Janis Mara – Every Monday at 2pm on Claycord.com.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Greetings, all! This Claycord.com column is for everyone who negotiates the highways and public transit of the Bay Area. It runs every Monday at 2pm and answers your commuting and transportation questions.
Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUTER: I have a question, is it true that people who move to California from out of state do not have to re-register their cars and out-of-state plates?
I have a co-worker who moved here from another state and stated that she was thrilled when she learned she wouldn’t have to re-register and pay for California registration fees.
So in the long run, she’s not paying California fees and not paying that other state’s fees either, since she doesn’t live there anymore?
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Puzzled, if your co-worker moved here from another state, which is to say, became a resident of California, she needs to re-register and pay her fees like any other California resident. Fees must be paid within 20 days of entry or residency to avoid penalties.
It is possible to get a special permit, though. Do you know if your co-worker did so? Nonresidents whose vehicles are registered in their home state can operate their vehicles in this state until they get a job here, claim a homeowner’s exemption, rent or lease a residence here, make a move that shows they intend to live here, such as getting a driver’s license, or enroll in school as a California resident.
Here is an extremely detailed explanation on the Department of Motor Vehicles site: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/howto/htvr9.htm#feesdue.
COMMUTER: I know you’re not supposed to cross a crosswalk when pedestrians are in said crosswalk. What is confusing to me is, at what point are they considered not to be in the crosswalk?
For example, let’s say the pedestrian has crossed the westbound portion of the street and is standing in the median waiting to cross the eastbound part. Are they still considered to be in the intersection? What if there is no median and they have crossed in front of me already and are almost to the curb, but still in the crosswalk?
–Dazed and Confused
TRAFFIC JAMMER: Good on you, DAC, for being on top of the sacred rules of the Vehicle Code, to wit, that motorists shall yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing the roadway within any crosswalk at an intersection.
Here’s some good news: If the pedestrian is standing in the center median, he or she is not technically in the crosswalk, so it’s OK to proceed.
If the pedestrian is in the crosswalk and almost all the way to the curb, the Jammer supposes technically you should wait, but she highly doubts a law enforcement officer would ding you if the pedestrian is, say, one foot from the curb.
COMMUTER: I got a speeding ticket for going 15 mph over the speed limit on the freeway. After I was pulled over, rather than try to move from the shoulder back into traffic on the freeway, I took the exit that was immediately ahead of me, planning to loop back onto the freeway.
It was an unfamiliar exit, and at the end of the ramp was what I saw as a red light. I made a complete stop, turned right on red, and was pulled over again!
This time the cop let me off with a warning. The light was a red arrow. Guess I learned my lesson.
–Sadder but Wiser
TRAFFIC JAMMER: SBW, it is the Traffic Jammer’s observation that red arrows are extremely confusing to drivers and the Jammer is publishing your missive as a cautionary note to others. As you painfully learned, it’s against the law to turn right on a red arrow. The Jammer is glad to hear the law enforcement officer was merciful. Sounds like he or she understood that you were probably already a bit shook up after getting a ticket.
TRAFFIC JAMMER: That’s it for this week – see you next Monday. Be sure to cruise by Claycord.com at 2pm for more traffic intelligence. Remember, whether you drive, walk, bike or hop Amtrak, BART or AC Transit, Traffic Jammer Janis Mara is here to answer your questions.
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