NS: Mike Garcia of Homeland asked about the speed limit on the 74 going from the 215 freeway to Hemet. They noticed that some parts of 74 were still under construction and drivers were seen speeding in the areas. Garcia also noted that some posted speed limit signs say 45 mph and some 40 mph, which he finds confusing.
a: California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Lasig of the Temecula CHP office said there are some reasons for the speed limit variation and the confusion between 215 and 74 east. First, this stretch of road passes through three courts. Athenac is 74th in Romoland, exiting at exit 215 on Athénac Road and heading east towards Hemet. This portion is in the city of Menife, and handles traffic on Briggs Road with City of Menifee 74. The CHP then handles the unincorporated area 74 further east to Winchester Road. Then, the city of Hemet has jurisdiction for 74 in Hemet (which is Florida Avenue in the city). As the highway turns into Idyllwild, it again comes under CHP’s jurisdiction. Speed limits may vary by jurisdiction.
Second, during recent construction (when the center divider was installed and other lane improvements were made), the speed limit in the construction area has been posted at 40 mph unless posted otherwise, Lasig said. . With 74 continuing construction in some areas. “I highly recommend that the motoring public watch the speed limit signs and drive safely and at that speed limit. We are concerned for the safety of our construction workers,” Lasig said. If you get a speeding ticket in the U.S., the fine doubles, so it’s a costly mistake.
NS: Rancho Cucamonga’s Paul J. Gomez said he is seeing more and more drivers coming back into parking spaces. Gomez said, “The result is threefold (1) delay for others waiting to adjust the backend maneuver, (2) potential bodily injury to pedestrians from gasoline/diesel fumes emitted from the exhaust pipe, and (3) ) Damage to planted shrubs and trees that have been planted for aesthetic and environmental purposes at times to isolate people/vehicles.” Gomez said parking lots and parking spaces were not designed to support drivers.
a: We appreciate our reader’s comments and comments, and yes, many drivers prefer to back into parking spaces so that they have better visibility when they exit to exit. It’s just personal preference. Most parking lots are located on private property, where a car overturning in a parking lot is usually permitted unless a posted sign says otherwise. In some cases – and this varies from city to city and county to county – back into parking lots on public or private property is not allowed, and posted signs will say so. Typically, back-to-back parking is not allowed in places that have parking spaces or where traffic only goes one-way, said California Highway Patrol officer Dan Olivas.
Not much about other drivers who can go back to parking spaces where it’s allowed. CHP’s best advice is to watch for any posted signs and, as always, be patient with other drivers.
fake license plate
More about possibly counterfeit license plates: Michael Guerin of Upland asked about counterfeit California license plates in a previous column. He said he sees fake black and white license plates on the street and hopes law enforcement officers will take them seriously. We noted that altering a temporary or permanent license plate is against the law and it is up to each officer who cites a driver for this offense to determine the level of any potential charges. Some readers also pointed out that California temporary license plates for newly purchased vehicles are black and white and made of paper, so perhaps some of the so-called fake license plates Guerin is seeing are legitimate temporary paper license plates. You never know, counterfeit or tampered license plates are even a real thing, and some criminals are clever at finding ways to evade California vehicle registration fees.
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