Roadshow: Once more, with feeling: Don’t block intersections

Q It might be time to remind drivers that it is illegal to block intersections.

This problem is out of control near Oakridge Mall in San Jose where Highway 87, Highway 85 and Santa Teresa Boulevard merge. It seems drivers consider all southbound lanes as right-turn-OK lanes as they zip past stopped traffic, then turn into the mall parking lot, thereby blocking lanes as they wait for an opening.

The problem is compounded by drivers exiting 85 at Santa Teresa and turning right on red, almost forcing southbound traffic to block the intersection to prevent that. Frequently, drivers exiting 85 cannot enter Santa Teresa Boulevard due to all three lanes stopped across the intersection.

Was this just the price of driving during the holiday shopping season, or can anything be done by police?
Brian Serpa
San Jose

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