Category Archives: Office of Traffic Safety

More bicycle safety education needed

Today’s guest column about bicycle safety is from the Community Traffic Safety Coalition, an organization that advocates for improvements to make all modes of transportation safer. In December, the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency and the Community Traffic … Continue reading

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Do not leave children in vehicles on warm, hot days

More than 4.6 Californians plan to travel more than 50 miles from home this Fourth of July weekend, according to AAA of Northern California. Of those, 3.7 million will drive to their destination. Whether you are planning to stay home … Continue reading

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Designated drivers get special, alcohol-free drinks for free at participating bars

While St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday known for its spirited spirits, is next Monday, there is no doubt some party people will start tossing back a few rounds this weekend — or sooner. If you plan to be among them, … Continue reading

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Wet weather driving tips

Rain is in the forecast for Thursday. If driving is part of your plan that day, here are some wet weather driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: ◾Make sure your windshield wipers are clean and work properly. Also, clean … Continue reading

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Safety tips for road warriors this turkey day holiday

Thanksgiving is Thursday and rain is in the forecast; snow is expected in higher elevations. If you are planning to hit the road to your holiday destination, here are some winter driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: … Continue reading

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Remember to slow down move over for roadside construction, emergency efforts

A rash of collisions involving motorists and highway and/or emergency workers has Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety are calling on drivers to be extra careful and obey the states slow down move over law. … Continue reading

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Aug. 4-10 is National Stop on Red Week

In a hurry? Don’t run that red light or stop sign. It could be the death of you and/or someone else on the road. Aug. 4-10 is National Stop on Red Week and the California Office of Traffic Safety is … Continue reading

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July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day

Wednesday, July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day and the California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding all parents and caregivers to not leave children unattended in vehicles. Even on cooler days, the temperature inside the family car can reach … Continue reading

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$87 million in federal grants to improve safety in Golden State

As it readies to become the state’s new Transportation Agency July 1, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency has approved $87 million in federally funded traffic safety grants administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Some 274 projects statewide … Continue reading

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Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws

In recent weeks, Street Smarts received two emails from adults concerned about the things they see drivers do around schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. While playing child chauffeur last month to help out a friend, Kelly Newman was … Continue reading

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