Category Archives: CHP

Don’t toss flaming cigarette butts out car windows

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In this high fire danger period, is it illegal for a driver to toss a lit cigarette out the window? I observed a spark trail from a cigarette tossed out of a black mini SUV with … Continue reading

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Roundabouts work, says Santa Cruz PWD

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Drivers in Santa Cruz and those coming from outside to visit often don’t know how to enter the roundabout at the end of Pacific Avenue heading to the Main Beach. There were two incidents where I … Continue reading

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CHP steps up enforcement at highway construction sites

Starting this week, the California Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement at work zones on highways statewide. The safety campaign also includes having electronic highway message signs located within five miles of a construction project to warn drivers that “WORKERS AHEAD, … Continue reading

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Preventing traffic pile-ups

This month has been a deadly one for big rigs on windy highways shared with Santa Clara County, our neighbor to the east. In two weeks time, in two separate incidents, two commercial trucks lost control and drove through traffic … Continue reading

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Traffic cameras being installed on Hwy 1; Wharf to Wharf foot race closes Hwy 1 ramp

Traffic camera installations begin Monday night along a six mile stretch of Highway from Freedom Boulevard in Aptos to Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz. Caltrans is paying Bear Electrical Solutions, of Alviso, $366,000 to install the traffic cameras. The project begins … Continue reading

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CHP hosts ‘Start Smart’ class for teens Thursday

Teen drivers, those in the hunt for their driver’s license and their families are invited to attend the CHP’s free Start Smart driving course 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library, at 7695 … Continue reading

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Independence Day road closures

In an attempt to beat crime and congestion, while also help with crowd control, on July 4th, the CHP will be closing a number of roads along the shoreline beginning at 7 p.m. on Independence Day. The closures encompass:  7th Avenue at Brommer Street; … Continue reading

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Traffic laws help bikes and cars coexist on roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You quoted a Ryan Price [June 16 Street Smarts, “When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist”] as saying, “In regard to taking the full travel lane, ‘people riding bikes always have a … Continue reading

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Transportation, communications projects keep motorists on their toes on Hwys 1, 17

  Planned bridge work on Highway 1 back on again The on again, off again project to replace bridge joints on the Soquel Creek Bridge in Capitola is back on again. For the next couple of weeks, crews will be … Continue reading

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Reader offers sun to shade driving tips

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Street Smarts seems to be a good place to mention the dangers of driving from sun into shadow. I was driving on Conference Drive in Mount Hermon a while back when I came very close to … Continue reading

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