Category Archives: cell phones

Drugged driving, cell phone use behind the wheel problems on California’s roads

Drugged drivers and those distracted by their cell phones are big problems California’s motorists would like to see addressed, according to a Traffic Safety Survey released Tuesday by the Office of Traffic Safety. Late this past summer, information gatherers questioned … Continue reading

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Read Street Smarts, put down the cell phone and drive, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for your dedication to what might seem like a boring assignment but you provide a very important service. Too bad more people aren’t reading – I try to read all of them – because it … Continue reading

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Road knowledge from DMV’s Ask George

Did you know that not paying a traffic ticket received while cycling can impact your ability to get a driver’s license? And stopping in a carpool lane to merge into slow traffic beside it is illegal? Also, if you see … Continue reading

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Cell phone crash blog topic belongs in the paper, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In regard to the blog, “Crash survivor seeks freedom from pain, nightmares, drivers yakking on cell phones,” I think this is a very important subject and this letter or an article on cell phone talking while … Continue reading

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Crash survivor seeks freedom from pain, nightmares, drivers yakking on cell phones

Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy your holiday. Enjoy your freedom. And, please, pledge to not do anything to strip that freedom from either yourself or others. That means no drinking while driving. It also means no distracted driving, including dilly-dallying … Continue reading

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July 4th holiday road trippers should get ready and be set before they go

The Fourth of July is coming up in about a week and a half, and many of you are thinking: Road Trip! If you are planning to hit the road, it would be wise to put your car in the … Continue reading

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Distracted driving, cell phone use behind the wheel means less brain power for driving

Recently, Street Smarts received a letter from a reader who wanted to spread the word about the dangers of tailgating and, more specifically, driving while texting and/or talking on cell phones – even while using hands-free capabilities. You see, she … 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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Cell phone use while driving up; talking/texting while driving fines could rise

The same day the California Office of Traffic Safety released a study showing that distracted driving is on the rise, the state Senate approves a bill that seeks to hike fines for driving while talking and/or texting on cell phones. … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions to take on the road

The first week of 2012 is just about over. Have you nailed down your New Year’s Resolution(s) yet? If you have room for at least one more, the California Office of Traffic Safety has some resolution suggestions for you. In … Continue reading

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