Category Archives: Capitola Police

New changes to Clares aims to improve traffic flow on 41st Ave., city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently noticed a new sign on Clares Street and 41st Avenue that does not allow a right turn on a red light. This is a very busy intersection that is many times blocked by cars … Continue reading

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Encountering road rage

On Facebook recently, a friend described an incident in which she was driving in her hometown when an inattentive driver almost pulled out from a side street and hit her. The other driver met her at the nearby stop light … Continue reading

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Making right turns in the presence of bicycles

Dear Street Smarts, Q: If I am driving on a street that has two lanes each direction plus a bike lane in either direction. Let’s say that I am in the right hand lane and I need to make a … Continue reading

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Tale of people driving badly

    In between assignments Thursday, I lounged in Capitola for a bit. While there, I caught people behaving badly behind the wheel of deadly weapons. In my first encounter, I was sitting on a bench around 10 a.m. along … Continue reading

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Adults often use kids as excuse to beat speeding ticket, nanny blog says

Drivers come up with the darndest things to tell a police officer in the hopes of averting a speeding ticket. When I lived in Arizona in the late 90s, I was on my way from from work late one night … Continue reading

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Educating officers to crack down on drugged drivers

Drug detection experts are coming to a DUI checkpoint near you. This, as the number of drugged drivers on the road climbs, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety. Earlier this week, the agency reported 30 percent of drivers … Continue reading

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An out of state visitor seeks help in taking care of traffic ticket

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My step-son was visiting from Atlanta several weeks ago and was observed by the traffic camera not stopping and going through the red light. He was driving my wife’s car. The notice violation and picture showed … Continue reading

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The anatomy of posting a speed limit

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am just curious. Do you get a lot of complaints regarding the illogical speed limit of 25 mph on Capitola Road in front of the Capitola DMV? I recently was issued a ticket here and … Continue reading

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What’s law enforcement’s role in private parking lots?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I work in the Brown Ranch Marketplace in Capitola. Over the past week, the Capitola Police Department has been ticketing cars in our parking lot for missing registration tags, parking or standing in a fire zone … Continue reading

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Reader questions pedestrian rights versus driver responsibilities in Capitola village

Dear┬áStreet Smarts, Q: With regard to the crosswalks going across Stockton Avenue into the village in Capitola, I had an incident a couple of weeks back. As you may be aware, is an extremely busy section of street with both … Continue reading

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