Category Archives: Capitola Police

CHP uses grant to provide seat belt, child safety seat education

The CHP will be putting a traffic safety grant to use to save lives through child safety seat and seat belt education and outreach. While California boasts a 97.4 percent compliance rate with its seat belt law, people are still dying … Continue reading

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Nighttime cycling dangerous, lights required

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know if it is the recent change in time or what but lately, I am noticing more and more bike riders at dusk — and just beyond — riding without adequate lights on their … Continue reading

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Left turns from right lane still problematic at EB Clares, 41st, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I go through the intersection of Clares Street and 41st Avenue about three times a week and every time I go through heading toward Wharf Road, someone in front or in back of me turns left … Continue reading

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Skateboard rules vary from town to town

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Is it legal to ride a skateboard on the street like a bike? On my commute, I see a father on a skateboard accompanying his child — who’s riding a bike. Sometimes, the dad rides in … Continue reading

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Why police officers can talk non-hands-free while driving

Q: I’ve observed Capitola police officers regularly use their mobile phones while driving! Why? Rick Caldarella, via email A: This topic has appeared in Street Smarts before. But being that this is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and officers will … Continue reading

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police are cracking down

Law enforcement locally, as well as statewide will be keeping their eyes peeled for distracted drivers during the month of April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Santa Cruz Area California Highway Patrol office will be teaming up with the police … Continue reading

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Capitola’s sewer project caught residents off guard, increased traffic

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My family, including young children, lives on Kennedy Drive in Capitola. Not only do we have to put up with big rig trucks using Kennedy Drive all day and all night, but now we are faced … Continue reading

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The street smarts of police pursuits

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for the informative column about horns. I found it most informative although my own personal nemesis was not addressed – I find the use of the car horn to signal that a car door has … Continue reading

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Left turn from far right lane on Clares onto 41st illegal

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I found it interesting that in your column, Thursday, Oct. 4, nothing was mentioned about the left turn from Clares Street onto 41st Avenue coming from Trader Joe’s. This also changed in July. Now, it’s not … Continue reading

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‘No Right on Red’ rule at Clares needs to go, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: As a Clares Street resident, I’m one of the drivers now suffering from the awful decision to not allow right turns on 41st Avenue from Clares. Now we can’t turn right on red lights and, to … Continue reading

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