Category Archives: CHP

Hwy 1 closed for funeral procession for fallen first responder

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Could you possibly determine the reason that Highway 1 southbound was closed about noon on Tuesday, April 22? The CHP was blocking the on-ramps at 41st Avenue, Soquel Avenue and possibly more. There were 15-20 CHP … Continue reading

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One more letter about ‘No U-Turn’ sign at River, Hwy 1

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding the signage of ‘No U Turn’ at River Street and Highway 1 southbound, there is already a post with traffic signs on the island on the north side of River Street with signs facing the … Continue reading

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Reader questions fog line, fast lane rules

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I appreciate your column, Ramona. Two questions: My first question is about northbound Mission/Highway 1 at Western. Can an automobile legally cross the solid line on the right to make a right turn? For example, a … Continue reading

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Where to turn when emergency lights and sirens approach on Hwy 17

Every now and then, Street Smarts receives questions from readers who are too shy to give their name. Here’s one of them: “Just a quick question prompted by some accidents during rush-hour on 17 this past week in the rain. … Continue reading

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Call for a Tipsy Tow on Super Bowl Sunday

There may be nothing like tossing back a few spirits to bring out the spirit of a Super Bowl party. If consuming alcoholic beverages is part of your grand football finale this weekend, consider calling upon AAAs Tipsy Tow program … Continue reading

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Driving faster over Hwy 17 saves little to no time, CHP says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A few years ago, the Sentinel published an article about the length of time it takes to cross Highway 17 to San Jose based upon various speeds, such as 50 mph, 55 mph, 60 mph, etc. … Continue reading

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60 is not old, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think your column is a very good idea. I usually think you do a good job with it but I think you greatly missed the boat with your recent column on elderly drivers. First, 60 years … Continue reading

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Teaching older drivers to ‘Age Well, Drive Smart’

From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 9 senior drivers can learn ways to “Age Well, Drive Smart” from the CHP. Designed as an educational tool for older drivers, the program helps seniors brush up on their driving skills, refresh … Continue reading

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New, revamped laws usher in 2014

With the new year come new laws as well as changes to existing laws. Here’s the rundown, courtesy of the CHP: Search Warrants — Chemical Tests: Effective since Sept. 20, 2013, a search warrant may be issued to draw blood … Continue reading

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Free rides home for New Year’s revelers

AAA of Northern California and the Capitola Police Department are offering New Year’s revelers who are too tipsy to drive rides home. As little as one drink can impair vision, steering, braking, judgment and reaction time. On New Year’s Eve … Continue reading

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