Category Archives: emergency responders

Saving children from hot cars

Ever since Mother Nature turned up the thermostat, public safety advocates on the national, state and local levels have been using the media — including Street Smarts — to host education campaigns about the dangers of leaving children in vehicles … Continue reading

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Where to turn when emergency lights and sirens approach on Hwy 17

Every now and then, Street Smarts receives questions from readers who are too shy to give their name. Here’s one of them: “Just a quick question prompted by some accidents during rush-hour on 17 this past week in the rain. … 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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Speed bumps can improve safety, cause safety concerns

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We need a speed bump on Rodriguez Street to get some of the cut-through’s stopped. One out of 100 cars that come down our section of Rodriguez — between Capitola Extension and 7th Avenue — actually live … Continue reading

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Traffic laws work best when followed

Have you ever been standing on the side of the road while traffic barreled by? Perhaps you were a pedestrian waiting to cross a busy street or your car broke down on the side of the highway.  The wind from the passing … 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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