Category Archives: driver license

Turn signals are not a thing of the past

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I noticed lately that only about 25 percent of the vehicles on the road now days use turn signals when making turns, changing lanes, merging, etc. I even see police, fire, and parking control vehicles not … 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 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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Tipsy Tow available for Cinco de Mayo revellers

Folks celebrating Cinco de Mayo tonight with a few cold ones can call upon AAA’s Tipsy Tow program for a ride home. From 6 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. tomorrow, participating tow companies will provide free rides home to inebriated drivers, … 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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From transportation planning to child passenger, teen driver safety

A couple transportation planning workshops are planned today (JULY 18) and Monday to talk about how to spend limited funding dollars on federally-mandated long range transportation projects in the Monterey Bay. The Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission and the Association … Continue reading

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Did you know…

The following bits of info come from Ask the DMV, the agency’s weekly transportation column that answers frequently asked questions from patrons. If your child has a learner’s permit on the road to getting his or her driver license and … Continue reading

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New traffic laws usher in 2013

Several new traffic laws will be added to the books Tuesday, Jan. 1. Here’s a summary from the California Highway Patrol: Driving Under the Influence (AB 2020) – People arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs can … Continue reading

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Reporting loved ones who probably should not be driving the DMV

If you are worried about the driving capabilities of a senior loved one, there is help. You can try consulting with a senior driver Ombudsman who may want to chat with or write a letter to the driver you are … Continue reading

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Cell phone use while driving up; talking/texting while driving fines could rise

The same day the California Office of Traffic Safety released a study showing that distracted driving is on the rise, the state Senate approves a bill that seeks to hike fines for driving while talking and/or texting on cell phones. … Continue reading

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