Category Archives: distracted drivers

Addressing pedestrian, holiday travel safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am wondering if you can help bring attention to an intersection without a stoplight that needs a signal for pedestrians. It is the crosswalk that crosses Water Street at Seabright Avenue. This crosswalk gets a … Continue reading

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Safety tips for road warriors this turkey day holiday

Thanksgiving is Thursday and rain is in the forecast; snow is expected in higher elevations. If you are planning to hit the road to your holiday destination, here are some winter driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: … Continue reading

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Staying alive on the roads while cycling after dark, traveling this holiday season

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, please inform the bike riding public about safe biking in the dark. The night before last, I was driving on Mission Street toward Bay Street. The street was busy and full of slow moving … Continue reading

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Tesla distraction article in poor taste, readers say

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article about, Hencke appears biased. Do you not know a Tesla driver killed Josh Alper on Hwy 1? Or are you trying to make the accident okay? The facts: The Tesla did not kill Alper. … Continue reading

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Remember to slow down move over for roadside construction, emergency efforts

A rash of collisions involving motorists and highway and/or emergency workers has Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety are calling on drivers to be extra careful and obey the states slow down move over law. … Continue reading

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Two Start Smart classes offered in June

The California Highway Patrol has two Start Smarts classes coming up this month. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 13 and June 27, teen drivers and their families can attend the course that teaches responsible driving. There will be videos … Continue reading

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Start Smart teen driver safety course June 13

The CHP’s next installment of the Start Smart program is 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 in the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room at 155 Center St. The course teaches newly licensed teenage drivers the responsibilities that come with the … Continue reading

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First of its kind distracted driving study released

Texting and dialing are the most dangerous part of cellphone use while driving, according to a new study released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This, because drivers must take their eyes away from the road while … Continue reading

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Buses, traffic create blind spots for drivers near UCSC

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Due to the large amount of traffic at the east entrance to UCSC, in my opinion, left hand turn lanes large enough to accommodate buses are necessary for turning left northbound onto Glenn Coolidge Drive from … Continue reading

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Why police officers can talk non-hands-free while driving

Q: I’ve observed Capitola police officers regularly use their mobile phones while driving! Why? Rick Caldarella, via email A: This topic has appeared in Street Smarts before. But being that this is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and officers will … Continue reading

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