Category Archives: law enforcement

Handling tailgaters

Tailgaters are annoying. When one is riding my back bumper, I get out of their way as soon as possible. I mention this because there’s a story out of Auburn in which a couple of young women were traveling on … Continue reading

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Reader questions road rules for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Hardly a day goes by that I don’t come across an individual or group walking down the middle of a street or on the wrong side facing oncoming traffic. I understand when there is no sidewalk, … Continue reading

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Headlight rule needs repeating, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your recent column, you wrote about some safety tips. I wish you would repeat one of them. You stated, “Turn on your headlights when it’s rainy, gloomy, foggy or overcast.” I am appalled at how … Continue reading

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Roundabout is neighborhood’s canvas, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is a roundabout at the intersection of King and Baldwin that is so ugly, it’s sinful. Many cars have hit it. The concrete border has evidence of this. The plants are dead or dying. I … Continue reading

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Well-meaning sign puts cyclists in danger, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: While driving last Wednesday down High Street from Bay near Peace United Church at 900 High Street, I nearly had a collision with a bike rider who had to swerve out into the street to avoid … Continue reading

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Readers question new ‘Give Me 3’ law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think the new ‘Three feet for safety’ law is a good idea. I have a question about its practical application. On a two lane road, for instance Highway 9, when I find a clear spot … Continue reading

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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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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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Don’t toss flaming cigarette butts out car windows

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In this high fire danger period, is it illegal for a driver to toss a lit cigarette out the window? I observed a spark trail from a cigarette tossed out of a black mini SUV with … Continue reading

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What to do when school bus lights flash, stop arm’s engaged but no one’s there

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Ocean Street, headed toward Highway 17, there was one of the smaller school buses a little bigger than a van parked in front of Finn’s, with its lights flashing and it’s ‘stop’ sign out. I … Continue reading

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