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Q: Why do you defend speeding? What’s the matter with relaxing at the speed limit? Speeding uses much more fuel and causes more pollution. Can’t we all be more gentle on the earth?

Gayle Smalley, San Jose

A: I don’t defend speeding but urge motorists to drive with the flow of traffic, and here are some very sobering facts related to it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 11,260 people were killed nationwide in the third quarter of 2020, a stunning 13.1% increase compared with the same period in 2019, in pre-COVID-19 days. Traffic deaths rose, and rose a lot, even though there were fewer drivers on the road due to the pandemic.

The big cause for the increase in deaths: speeding.

NHTSA reported a 22% increase in speeds in several metropolitan areas over pre-pandemic numbers. And 65% of drivers treated at trauma centers who were hurt in serious crashes had drugs or alcohol in their systems last year. It was 50.6% before the pandemic.

Q: There seems to be something wrong with the left-turn light on northbound Bascom Avenue at Moorpark. Several times I have come up to the light and it has skipped me. Can this be fixed?

John Houston

A: A contractor damaged the loops in the leftmost left-turn lane. The county is working to have the contractor repair the loops.

Q: Mrs. Roadshow, thank you for sharing your recipe for rigatoni with shrimp and feta cheese!

I gave it to my husband, who is the cook in the family, and suggested we add it to his special recipe book so we could try it out. He chastised me and said nothing goes in his recipe book without his seal of approval first. So he made it and it was delicious. He agreed to add it to his book, which is quite an honor (although he said he would add more garlic).

Rosanne Macek, Campbell

A: Mrs. Roadshow weighs in:

”Thanks for this great story. It is, indeed, an honor that the recipe will go into your husband’s cookbook. I absolutely agree with his approach, that he must test each recipe before it does. Truth be told, I almost never stick to the amount of garlic a recipe calls for but, instead, use at least 1½ times and sometimes twice the amount. I thought I’d better stick with the amount the recipe calls for before Gary included it in his column. So glad you enjoyed the recipe and will make it again.”

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