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Q: Mike Murphy of Colton asked why a right turn on the red light is not allowed at the southbound Inland Center off-ramp on the 215 Freeway in San Bernardino, and if not allowing right turns on a red light or stop sign is common.

A: Some intersections with visual obstacles don’t allow right turns on red lights because traffic engineers have deemed it to be unsafe. This isn’t new. Usually when a right turn on a red is not allowed (a sign will be posted saying you can’t make a right turn on the red light), it’s because there is a visual hazard or something at the intersection which blocks the driver’s view, said California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Olivas of the Inland Division. At this location, there is a large fence on the freeway overcrossing protecting a pedestrian crosswalk and it could be obstructing the view, Olivas said, looking at images online of the location.

Q: Patricia James of Temecula noted that the law requires all vehicles registered in California to have, and display, front and rear license plates. She said that about a third of cars she sees don’t have the front license plate – mostly Teslas and other expensive cars. “Is there an exemption for them? How are they able to do this?” James asked.

A: Tesla owners and others without a front license plate are not exempt from the law. Mostly, they are ignoring it for aesthetic reasons. Owners of Teslas and other high-end cars often have to purchase a separate license plate mount to attach the front license plate to the car, and in some cases, they simply refuse to do so. (Some high-end cars don’t always come from the factory with a front license plate holder attached because several states don’t require a front license plate on vehicles.)

This issue with Teslas has been brought up in the past, and it bothers quite a few people. If you happen to see a Tesla without its front license plate, feel free to call the local non-emergency police number and report the car. This should be especially easy for citizens to report if the Tesla is parked.

Needles DMV

A note for Inland Empire desert dwellers: The Needles DMV office at 1040 Broadway St. closed for renovations on May 24. The work includes an expanded customer service area, new floors and new furniture. The office is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16. Until then, Needles area residents should try to do their DMV transactions online or visit the next closest DMV office in Blythe at 430 S. Broadway.

RCTC approves Traffic Relief Plan

Finally, the Riverside County Transportation Commission has approved a transportation strategy called the Traffic Relief Plan, to help relieve congestion and improve mobility through Riverside County. The plan identifies over $30 billion in transportation improvements in a range of areas, such as local road upgrades; pothole repairs; highway improvements; expanding public transportation; new opportunities to walk, bicycle and hike; and work to help protect roads and bridges from natural disasters, especially in the Coachella Valley. Read the plan at .

The RCTC will decide this summer how to fund the projects in the plan, which includes input from Riverside County residents who said they want a reliable, safer, and more efficient transportation system that anticipates growth in the county.

Do you commute to work in the Inland Empire? Spend a lot of time in your vehicle? Have questions about driving, freeways, toll roads or parking? If so, write or call On the Road and we’ll try to answer your questions. Please include your question or issue, name, city of residence, phone number and email address. Write ontheroad@scng.com or call us at our new phone number, 951-368-9995.

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