Q: Jeff Piatt of Calimesa asked when Caltrans would change the freeway signs for each city showing the new 2020 census population figures.
A: There are no written rules on how often Caltrans updates census signs, said Caltrans Spokeswoman Terri Kasinga – so the answer is: we don’t know and neither does Caltrans. “Typically, it will be done during a future, major construction project after a census in the vicinity of the signs, but mostly at the request of the local agency (or city) where the sign is located post-census with major changes to the census results,” she said.
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Q: Kurt Meidinger of Beaumont said he was taught that the left freeway lane was for passing and emergency vehicles. “Being in a traffic jam is different,” he said. “After you pass vehicles traveling at a slower speed, you move over to allow others to pass. Since moving to California, I have always wondered why so many people just stay in the left lane. They often prevent others from passing. This creates tension among drivers. In my home state of New York, left-lane drivers would get a ticket.” He asked if it is legal to drive in the left lane when you are not passing others
A: The answer is yes, said California Highway Patrol Officer Juan C. Quintero. There would be an exception according to the Vehicle Code if a regulatory sign is posted saying not to; for instance, a black and white sign was posted saying that drivers should use the left lane to pass only, then a violation for failure to obey a regulatory sign could be warranted. Also, if the driver is impeding traffic with four or more vehicles behind, then he or she also could be cited also impeding traffic, Quintero said.
Q: Bill Oppenheim of Riverside had a question for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Oppenheim said that his son, a retired military veteran, recently went to the Riverside DMV office on Brockton Avenue to renew his expired driver’s license. When asked to show proof of identification, our reader’s son showed his retired military identification card. Oppenheim asked why a federal-issued ID was not acceptable for a REAL ID. His son ended up getting a Federal Limited driver’s license (not a REAL ID).
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A: A retired United States military identification card is an acceptable document for a Federal Non-Complaint driver’s license or an application for an ID card, provided it is valid. It is not, however, an acceptable document for REAL ID license or ID application as determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Other documentation is required. For more information, visit this DMV link to see what you need to get a REAL ID: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/driver-licenses-identification-cards/real-id/how-do-i-get-a-real-id/real-id-checklist/.
Our reader’s son could look into taking advantage of this offer: the DMV will allow all eligible Californians who received a driver’s licenses or identification card during the pandemic, but not a REAL ID, to upgrade now for free. This offer expires at the end of the year. You still need all the proper identification. Learn more about this offer at dmv.ca.gov/realidupgrade.
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