Category Archives: DMV

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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Who’s paying for free EV charging stations, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona, you wrote in last Thursday’s Street Smarts column about free parking and charging for electric vehicles that ”The electricity cost are also subsidized as only a public utility can charge for power usage,’ Granlund said.’ … Continue reading

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Some DMV FAQs for you

Each month, Street Smarts receives a newsletter from the DMV featuring frequently asked questions. Here are some interesting tidbits you probably didn’t know: In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that allows undocumented California residents to obtain a driver … Continue reading

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Seniors: When to ditch the car keys

In 1987, when my late grandma was 60, she voluntarily gave up her car keys. At that time, Jenny Kennedy Raines, who passed away last March due to heart failure, was still greatly independent and working a full-time job. Her … Continue reading

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Readers say ‘thank you’ to Street Smarts

Thank you to those of you who wrote in to respond to last Thursday’s column encouraging all road users to obey trafic laws, including new ones aimed at protecting people who work or ride a bicycle along the roadside. Here … Continue reading

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What happens if the DMV catches people cheating on their written driver test?

Have you ever wanted to know what happens to people caught cheating on their written driver test at the DMV? “Ask the DMV” answered that question this week. “The use of testing aids is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is … Continue reading

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$87 million in federal grants to improve safety in Golden State

As it readies to become the state’s new Transportation Agency July 1, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency has approved $87 million in federally funded traffic safety grants administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Some 274 projects statewide … Continue reading

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Bicyclists may use full traffic lane

Street Smarts has been hearing from cyclists who have been slighted by motorists. Specifically, these cyclists have complained that drivers do not want to share the road on narrow road in which cyclists may – or must – take the … Continue reading

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Loud mufflers, car stereos have no place on the road

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live across a small lagoon that has Highway 1 on one side and my road on the other. I can hear every motorcycle and car with low booming bass, trucks, and other loud vehicles. My … Continue reading

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The 411 on after market window tinting

Every now and then, I look at my car and think about how cool it would be to darken the tint on my windows – to protect my interior from the hot sun, when it is out, as well as … Continue reading

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