Category Archives: Rude/Unsafe Drivers

Addressing pedestrian, holiday travel safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am wondering if you can help bring attention to an intersection without a stoplight that needs a signal for pedestrians. It is the crosswalk that crosses Water Street at Seabright Avenue. This crosswalk gets a … Continue reading

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Readers say ‘thank you’ to Street Smarts

Thank you to those of you who wrote in to respond to last Thursday’s column encouraging all road users to obey trafic laws, including new ones aimed at protecting people who work or ride a bicycle along the roadside. Here … Continue reading

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Neighborhood seeks help putting rude parents in line during afterschool pick-ups

Street Smarts received an email from a reader seeking help in dealing with parents behaving badly in neighborhood near a school while picking up their children in the afternoons. No doubt, this scenario plays out in many neighbors of schools across the county … Continue reading

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Mom wants teen drivers to behave on Graham Hill Road

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My name is Leah Rephan. I am writing due to my growing concern about the safety of drivers on Graham Hill Road. This is not regarding the recent construction by any means. My main concern — … Continue reading

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Drivers, cyclists must stop for stop signs, red lights unless…

Q: I have continually seen a really dangerous driving behavior in this city and wondered if people actually know the law. Aren’t you supposed to come to a complete stop at a corner and turn right only if you can … Continue reading

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Driving is an art in which the artist must stay within the lines

Dear Street Smarts, Q: How much leeway do drivers have about following the direction of right, left, and straight arrows at intersections? I have always thought that they had to be obeyed no matter what, and if you discovered you … Continue reading

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AARP releases spring senior driver education classes

This spring, drivers age 50 and up can brush up on the rules of the road, learn how aging impacts their driving abilities and save up to 10-percent on their car insurance by signing up for driver education classes offered … Continue reading

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Facebook group pays tribute to the dangers of Highway 17

One of the newest groups on Facebook is geared toward our very own Highway 17. “Not Crashing on Highway 17” was started on Feb. 22 because, as its creators says, not “many people are fans of crashing” on that winding, … Continue reading

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When two vehicles collide in a parking lot, what then?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’m wondering if traffic control items such as stop signs, driving direction arrows, etc., in parking lots have the ‘force of law’ behind them. They are on private property, so I’m not sure about this. This … Continue reading

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Out with the stop sign, in with the roundabout

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Have you noticed that the stop sign at Front and Second streets by Las Palmas taco bar gets run thru constantly by cars heading towards the ocean? I sat there one day and counted 12 cars … Continue reading

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