Category Archives: accidents

One Caltrans worker has died in Santa Cruz County since 1924

Last week, Street Smarts told the story of a Caltrans worker injured when a motorist slammed into his work truck on the rainy New Year’s Eve of 2005.   It reported that while 171 state transportation workers had been killed … Continue reading

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Seniors at risk of death in car crash, AAA says

Drivers age 85 and older pose a greater risk to themselves than others, according to a new study by AAA. Using crash data from 1999 to 2003, the study found that drivers in that age group are more likely to … Continue reading

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The best clothing to wear when riding a motorcycle

The DMV is offering some fashion advice for motorcyclists. While most vehicle versus motorcycle crashes occur during the daylight hours, the state agency encourages riders to wear brightly colored apparel to help other users of the road see them better at … Continue reading

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When two cars meet on a narrow mountain road

     Hot, summer weekends on Highway 17 can be brutal. If you don’t get the timing right, you could find yourself stuck in traffic for hours.       That’s why I’ve learned some of the back roads that connect Santa Cruz County … Continue reading

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Traffic calming on the road

Dear Street Smarts, Q After reading your (Bethany Drive residents work to calm traffic on neighborhood street, April 15, 2009) article, maybe you could pass along this info which might help their problem of speeders. When I drive through British … Continue reading

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The Cost of a DUI

The woman suspected of hitting my vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol is to be arraigned in a San Mateo County courtroom Thursday, April 23. One dark, early morning last month, I and a couple friends were returning … Continue reading

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Caltrans worker shares near-death experience on Highway 17

     Victor Diaz was on vacation the wet, rainy New Year’s Eve of 2005 when his supervisor at Caltrans called.      The maintenance crew, which, among other things, keeps local highways clear of debris, was short-handed and Diaz was asked if … Continue reading

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Reduce speed limit on Highway 129

Q         The improvements on Highway 17 are quite impressive, but it makes me wonder about another highway in the county, Highway 129. While this road obviously carries far less traffic than Highway 17, it seems as if there have been … Continue reading

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When to stop driving

My grandmother quit driving about two decades ago. Traffic was moving too fast for her to keep up.  Motorists who were in a hurry to get where they were going scared her. She also realized that she was changing. Her reaction time … Continue reading

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High school seniors get crash course in DUI in time for prom, graduation

       A 17-year-old Watsonville High School student was unlicensed and under the influence of alcohol and anti-depressants when she made an illegal u-turn on Highway 101 in Prunedale and was hit by an SUV.      The crash, in February … Continue reading

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