Need your wipers? Use your lights

Use your headlights too:

Alert the media so they can alert the masses. Judging by what I
saw at the last terrible rainy day, obviously the majority of the
public is not aware that as of Jan. 1, a new law was enacted that
says when weather needs you to turn on your windshield wipers, you
also have to turn on your lights! I don’t see it happening.
Use your headlights too: “Alert the media so they can alert the masses. Judging by what I saw at the last terrible rainy day, obviously the majority of the public is not aware that as of Jan. 1, a new law was enacted that says when weather needs you to turn on your windshield wipers, you also have to turn on your lights! I don’t see it happening.

“Ignorance of the law is not justification because every driver who has a license is required to acquaint themselves of the laws that are passed. So do a public service and maybe some people will read it and turn on their headlights, because when they’re little tiny dinky gray cars in the fog, and their inundated by water, you can’t see them! And another thing, merge lanes are for merging. Have a good evening.”

You have alerted the media via the Red Phone, and the Red Phone is alerting the masses – or at least some – via its column. However, it would like its readers to know that although this is indeed an authentic vehicle code, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles Web site, it won’t go into effect until July 1. The penalty for failing to comply is $96.

The code (VC 24400) reads

as follows:

“During darkness and inclement weather, a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, shall be equipped with at least two lighted headlamps, with at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle, and, except as to vehicles registered prior to Jan. 1, 1930, they shall be located directly above or in advance of the front axle of the vehicle. The headlamps and every light source in any headlamp unit shall be located at a height of not more than 54 inches nor less than 22 inches.

‘Inclement weather’ is a weather condition that is either of the following:

(1) A condition that prevents a driver of a motor vehicle from clearly discerning a person or another motor vehicle on the highway from a distance of 1,000 feet.

(2) A condition requiring the windshield wipers to be in continuous use due to rain, mist, snow, fog or other precipitation or atmospheric moisture.

This section shall become operative on July 1, 2005.”

But the Red Phone would like to kindly suggest that in order to avoid dangerous situations before July 1, use your head. And if it’s stormy and raining enough to cause the need for windshield wipers, your headlights couldn’t hurt either.

Accuracy vs. sloppiness: “Picky, picky, picky. Your paper stresses accuracy but in the article on motorcycle women, you have a picture caption, ‘so-and-so looks in the mirror.’ She is not looking in the mirror, she is reflected in the mirror, looking off to the right. Now if you people want accuracy, be accurate, if you want to be sloppy, be sloppy. But don’t say one thing and do another. Picky, picky, picky. Bye.”

Just to be fair to our incredibly talented lifestyles department, take note that in the photo of Brie Howard (Hog-wild women, Feb. 18), she is wearing dark sunglasses and, yes, her head is facing off to the side, but no one can tell if her eyes are directed at the mirror. So, good caller, whether she’s looking in or reflected in – or both? – remains to be absolutely determined.

But the Red Phone always appreciates callers pointing out such monstrous errors and thanks you for the call.

Share the wealth: “Our union (carpenter) doesn’t give us half the

benefits of the firemen and the police. There’s so much in the police that they should share some with

the firemen.”

This is obviously a topic of interest. Caller, check out Tuesday’s issue to read more regarding the impasse between the fire union and city – but the Red Phone doesn’t anticipate any sharing anytime soon.

Readers: Know of a situation with a streetlight? Problems with potholes? The Red Phone is here to listen to your troubles and woes (but encourages happy thoughts) and do its best to find answers to your burning questions, so call 842-9070 or send e-mail to [email protected]

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