Category Archives: inattentive drivers

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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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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Piggy back crash caught on camera

I drove by this crash yesterday morning on Highway 85 near the DeAnza exit in Cupertino. I imagine the driver of the Corvette was distracted and did not notice traffic up ahead had stopped. Can you imagine being the driver of … Continue reading

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Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … Continue reading

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Public works staffers earn kudos from cyclist

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I want to give my ‘high 5,’ ‘thumbs up, ‘+1,’ and ‘Likes’ to Graham Jones and Cheryl Schmitt of the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department. Cheryl is the Transportation Coordinator. I sent an email … Continue reading

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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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The story behind speed limits

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Why do we have speed limits? I find that by going the speed limit, I am actually an obstacle in the road for others to go around. People, in general, do not drive the speed limit. … Continue reading

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Be safe this holiday season

Happy holidays everyone. Hope you safely celebrate with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to day holiday celebration, keep in mind that millions of other people will be out there on the nation’s … Continue reading

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Staying alive on the roads while cycling after dark, traveling this holiday season

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, please inform the bike riding public about safe biking in the dark. The night before last, I was driving on Mission Street toward Bay Street. The street was busy and full of slow moving … Continue reading

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