LINCOLN, CA - Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's safe, especially to a News10 viewer in Lincoln who is concerned about drivers turning left across double yellow lines into a shopping center driveway on Highway 65 between Sterling and Joiner Parkways.
"They stop short, the people behind them slam on their brakes, I've seen several close calls," says Joe Bennett who contacted News10 reporter Kate Larsen about the potential problem. "My thoughts are, let's not wait 'till we get somebody hurt or killed to fix the problem," adds Bennett.
It's legal in California for drivers to turn left over solid yellow lines into a driveway, but Bennett is worried it might be dangerous at this particular juncture of Highway 65.
Bennett says he contacted the California Highway Patrol about the driveway and was told because there are no accidents on record in that area it's not a problem. "That's kind of like saying we're not going to put a guard in a bank unless you've been robbed," says Bennett.
News10's Kate Larsen got in touch with the Lincoln Police Department who confirmed there have been no accidents at that turn or driveway. Caltrans spokesman, Dennis Keaton, came out to look at the part of Highway 65 in question and said they can investigate the potential problem. "We could actually have our engineers look into this area and do a traffic study and if there's any data that supports it, we could put a raised concrete divider that will prohibit anyone from making a left-hand turn."
News10's Kate Larsen will continue to follow this story as well as anything buggin' you in your neighborhood. If something is buggin' you, then bug Kate by emailing her at email@example.com.