Category Archives: insurance

Soquel Village road striping temporary

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know what you have written about the road construction in Soquel Village, but I drove through today and realized that the right turn lane from southbound Porter Avenue to westbound Soquel Drive has been … Continue reading

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Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … Continue reading

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Disabled park for free at meters, not in pay parking lots

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last Thursday’s EV article had a misstatement. Placarded vehicles do not receive free parking in city parking lots. Some cities allow this, but not Santa Cruz! Just go to Walnut Street or any other city-owned lot. You’ll see … Continue reading

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Who’s paying for free EV charging stations, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona, you wrote in last Thursday’s Street Smarts column about free parking and charging for electric vehicles that ”The electricity cost are also subsidized as only a public utility can charge for power usage,’ Granlund said.’ … Continue reading

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CHP uses grant to provide seat belt, child safety seat education

The CHP will be putting a traffic safety grant to use to save lives through child safety seat and seat belt education and outreach. While California boasts a 97.4 percent compliance rate with its seat belt law, people are still dying … Continue reading

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Removing erroneous traffic collisions from your driving record

If there is a traffic collision listed on your driving record that you were not involved in, you can have it removed, according to Ask the DMV, a weekly transportation column produced by the state agency. Traffic collisons are reported … 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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Scotts Valley PD offers motorcycle safety class

Five current and former motorcycle savvy police officers are joining forces this June to share their combined 100 plus years of riding experience with the motorcycle riding community. From 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Civilian Motorcycle Safety … Continue reading

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What should you do after you’re involved in a traffic collision?

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question about who’s at fault when one is rear-ended. My husband, who was driving, and I were stopped at a red light. We had just missed (the green light and) were stopped at … Continue reading

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‘Driver’s Yoga’ teaches motorists to become one with their ride, be better drivers

When you drive, does your mind wander? Instead of paying attention to the road, you start thinking about things that happened the previous day, your to-do list for today and the people in your life. That’s called distracted driving and … Continue reading

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