Category Archives: road rage

Avoiding aggressive drivers during the holidays

With the holidays upon us and everyone in a rush to get their shopping done, patience may be running at a premium on the roads. Here are some tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles on dealing with an aggressive … Continue reading

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Rage against motorcycles

A scary thing happened this past Saturday while I was researching a future Street Smarts topic on motorcycle riding. I had been photographing, videotaping and taking notes during the motorcycle Basic Rider Course at Cabrillo College when a female motorist tore … Continue reading

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Have a tailgating problem? Pull over and let them by

If you’re driving in the left lane of a highway or on a two-lane road through the mountains and someone is tailgating you, get out of the person’s way by either changing lanes or pulling into a turnout up ahead. … Continue reading

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CHP plans to crack down on motorcycle racers this weekend

With May winding down, the California Highway Patrol plans to rev up efforts one last time to hype motorcycle safety during what’s left of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. On Saturday, CHP officers from the Santa Cruz, San Jose, Monterey and Redwood City areas, along … Continue reading

Posted in California Vehicle Code, CHP, driver education, Driver safety, Driving impaired, DUI, Highway 1, Highway 236, Highway 9, motorcycle, motorcycle education, motorcycle safety, Motorcycles, Public safety, road rage, Rude/Unsafe Drivers, Senior drivers, Special events, teen drivers, Traffic collisions, traffic hazards | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Reduce speed limit on Highway 129

Q         The improvements on Highway 17 are quite impressive, but it makes me wonder about another highway in the county, Highway 129. While this road obviously carries far less traffic than Highway 17, it seems as if there have been … Continue reading

Posted in accidents, California Vehicle Code, Caltrans, CHP, driver education, Driver safety, Motorcycles, Public safety, road rage, Rude/Unsafe Drivers, Senior drivers, Traffic collisions, traffic hazards, transportation projects | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Police hand out dozens of citations during BADGES campaign Thursday in Scotts Valley

       The sounds of sirens filled the air in Scotts Valley Thursday as police officers from around the county descended on area streets in search of motorists disobeying the law.      “I know I’m going to get some complaints … Continue reading

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Law enforcement officers show off their BADGES in Scotts Valley

     The Scotts Valley Police Department will get a little help from officers across the county in enforcing traffic laws Thursday, April 2.      Officers in patrol cars and on motorcycles will be on the lookout for speeders and people not … Continue reading

Posted in Bicycling, California Vehicle Code, driver education, Driver safety, Driving impaired, inattentive drivers, Motorcycles, pedestrians, Public safety, Red light runners, road rage, Rude/Unsafe Drivers, Scotts Valley Police, Senior drivers, Special events, teen drivers, Traffic collisions, traffic hazards, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Teen drivers safer but still dangerous on the road, study says

  Deadly traffic collisions involving teen drivers are down, according to a study released Friday by AAA. But people are still dying when young drivers do crash. The study looked at crash data between 1998 and 2008 and compared it … Continue reading

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Highway 17 construction to wrap up this summer

  Nighttime commuters traveling Highway 17 between the Summit and Glenwood Drive have witnessed change in the making.   Armed with $8.2 million, Caltrans and Pavex have been working since last March to make that stretch safer. Crews are out … Continue reading

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Street Smarts is listening

Traffic concerns, questions, peeves or complaints? We want to hear from you. Post your thoughts here and they may make it into the print edition.

Posted in accidents, alternative transportation, Bicycling, CHP, Driver safety, Gas prices, Highway 1, Highway 17, Highway 9, Metro, Mission Street, Motorcycles, pedestrians, Public safety, Red light runners, road rage, Rude/Unsafe Drivers, Senior drivers, Traffic collisions, traffic hazards, Uncategorized, Vehicle Abatement | Tagged | 17 Comments