Category Archives: distracted drivers

Roads could be slow & go this week for projects, Bike Week

Drivers countywide will have to pay extra attention to the roads and their travel routes this week as several events, including a sewer project, highway work and Bike Week, take to the streets. First, in Santa Cruz, the city will … 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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Piggy back crash caught on camera

I drove by this crash yesterday morning on Highway 85 near the DeAnza exit in Cupertino. I imagine the driver of the Corvette was distracted and did not notice traffic up ahead had stopped. Can you imagine being the driver of … Continue reading

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Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … 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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Put the cellphone down and drive, CHP says

Drivers who insist on yakking on their cellphones between their hand and cheek, as opposed to hands-free should expect no less than a traffic ticket. This month, particularly, on April 3, 8, 17 and 22, law enforcement agencies statewide will hit the road in an effort to … Continue reading

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Disabled park for free at meters, not in pay parking lots

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last Thursday’s EV article had a misstatement. Placarded vehicles do not receive free parking in city parking lots. Some cities allow this, but not Santa Cruz! Just go to Walnut Street or any other city-owned lot. You’ll see … Continue reading

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When life’s changes mean buying a new car

On Tuesday, I traded in my old compact car for a bigger car with better gas mileage. That sounds weird to say. Typically, people trade in big, gas guzzling vehicles for zippy little cars that are more friendly to the wallet … Continue reading

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The story behind speed limits

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Why do we have speed limits? I find that by going the speed limit, I am actually an obstacle in the road for others to go around. People, in general, do not drive the speed limit. … Continue reading

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Be safe this holiday season

Happy holidays everyone. Hope you safely celebrate with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to day holiday celebration, keep in mind that millions of other people will be out there on the nation’s … Continue reading

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