Use Your Windshield Wipers and Headlights

Use your headlights

Hello Red Phone! Now that the rain season has begun once again,
can you post the somewhat new law regarding using your wipers and
lights during stormy weather? I’m sure there are lots of people out
there who aren’t familiar with it and at least if you write
something on it, your readers will know. You’re the best! Love this
column. Thank you.

Use your headlights

“Hello Red Phone! Now that the rain season has begun once again, can you post the somewhat new law regarding using your wipers and lights during stormy weather? I’m sure there are lots of people out there who aren’t familiar with it and at least if you write something on it, your readers will know. You’re the best! Love this column. Thank you.”

Red Phone:

The Red Phone is alerting the masses via its column that the vehicle code went into effect in July, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles Web site.

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.”

And note, good drivers, that the penalty for failing to comply is $96.

Shouldn’t show tagging

“Hi, this is in regards to the Dispatch article on the ‘Unwanted Artwork.’ I wish you’d rethink showing the graffiti. It’s like just broadcasting the goodness of this. It’s like an artist would love to paint something and have it on the front page. It just absolutely feeds their ego. You can talk about it, tell what the letters are. But please rethink showing it because these people need to be stopped and if you glorify it on the front page of the Dispatch, I think it just feeds their ego.”

Red Phone:

Thanks for the call and your concerns. However, the Red Phone must note that Gilroy Police Department provided the photographs and requested they be published. The Dispatch complied in an attempt to get the public’s help in finding the taggers – not to glorify the criminal activity.

A light rainfall

“Hey Red Phone. Now that November is over, I wondered a simple question: How much rain does Gilroy usually get in November and how much did we get this year? Thanks Red Phone.”

Red Phone:

Quick and easy it is. Gilroy’s average rainfall in November, according to accuweather.com, is 2.9 inches, with an average high temperature of 66 degrees and a low of 41. This November, according to the tally totals from Chestnut Fire Station, the city saw 1.39 inches of rain.

Readers:

Do you have a comment, complaint or compliment about an issue that affects Gilroy and its residents? Perhaps you’d like to suggest a turn signal at a troubled intersection? Or maybe offer up a compliment for a good job done by city workers? Just let the Red Phone know. But remember to leave a name and number when you call or e-mail. The Red Phone won’t publish this information – it will only be used if verification is necessary. Contact the Red Phone at 842-9070 or e-mail [email protected]

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