Category Archives: Driving impaired

Start Smart tonight

The CHP’s Start Smart course will begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Aptos High School, at 100 Mariner Way in Aptos. Free for teen or new drivers and their families, the course delves into the responsibilities pitfalls of being new … Continue reading

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Have a safe July 4th holiday weekend

Street Smarts wishes you and yours a safe July 4 holiday weekend. Please, don’t drink and drive. Designate a sober driver, call a taxi, get a hotel room or make other overnight arrangements. If you’re out and about and see … 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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Stay safe this Super Bowl weekend

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend. Please drive safe. If you plan to drink alcohol attend a Super Bowl party and consume any other substance that will impair your judgment, please designate a driver. While out and about, if you … Continue reading

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Factoids from ‘Ask the DMV’ newsletter

Every week, Street Smarts gets a newsletter from the DMV with interesting information that result from frequently asked questions. Here are a few of the topics featured in “Ask the DMV”: Individuals age 62 and older can apply for a … Continue reading

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Transportation grant aims to save lives

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency is the recipient of $120,000 in grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant funding will greatly enhance our work with collaborative partners in public safety, schools and community-based groups … 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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‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’ holiday safety awareness campaign in full swing

Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so don’t do either or it’ll cost you $10,000. That’s the safety campaign taking place right now by the The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council. In 2010, 10,000 people died at … Continue reading

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Drugged driving, cell phone use behind the wheel problems on California’s roads

Drugged drivers and those distracted by their cell phones are big problems California’s motorists would like to see addressed, according to a Traffic Safety Survey released Tuesday by the Office of Traffic Safety. Late this past summer, information gatherers questioned … Continue reading

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Holiday driving, safety

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hope you safely celebrate this holiday with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to your turkey day holiday celebration, keep in mind that AAA predicts 43 million people nationwide who … Continue reading

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