Category Archives: DUI

Give bikes 3 feet law begins Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, California’s new three-foot bike-passing law goes into effect. To spread the word and to dowse misconceptions, People Power will join local elected officials, as well as representatives from the Watsonville and Scotts Valley Police Departments, the … Continue reading

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You drink, you drive, someone dies

Don’t drink and drive. It’s not a slogan. It’s a way of life. To disobey that rule puts you and everyone around you in danger while also creating a trail of sorrow and pain. Adolfo “Adolf” Galvan, the 70-year-old owner … Continue reading

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EV chargers getting damaged by users, replacement pending

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am noticing the EV chargers in downtown Santa Cruz are slowly disappearing. One by one, they are breaking and not being repaired. I drive an EV and one of the major incentives was free charging … 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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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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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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Call for a Tipsy Tow on Super Bowl Sunday

There may be nothing like tossing back a few spirits to bring out the spirit of a Super Bowl party. If consuming alcoholic beverages is part of your grand football finale this weekend, consider calling upon AAAs Tipsy Tow program … Continue reading

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New, revamped laws usher in 2014

With the new year come new laws as well as changes to existing laws. Here’s the rundown, courtesy of the CHP: Search Warrants — Chemical Tests: Effective since Sept. 20, 2013, a search warrant may be issued to draw blood … Continue reading

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Free rides home for New Year’s revelers

AAA of Northern California and the Capitola Police Department are offering New Year’s revelers who are too tipsy to drive rides home. As little as one drink can impair vision, steering, braking, judgment and reaction time. On New Year’s Eve … Continue reading

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