Category Archives: Scotts Valley Police

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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Nighttime cycling dangerous, lights required

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know if it is the recent change in time or what but lately, I am noticing more and more bike riders at dusk — and just beyond — riding without adequate lights on their … Continue reading

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Motorcycle safety training course offered June 8 in Scotts Valley

Experienced riders who would like to brush up on their skills can sign up the the motorcycle safety course hosted by the Scotts Valley Police Department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Held in the Scotts Valley high … Continue reading

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The 411 on after market window tinting

Every now and then, I look at my car and think about how cool it would be to darken the tint on my windows – to protect my interior from the hot sun, when it is out, as well as … Continue reading

Posted in bicycle, bicycle education, Bicycling, bike lanes, bike path, bike safety, children, Community Traffic Safety Coalition, consumer affairs, county, cycling, DMV, law enforcement, pedestrians, police, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Scotts Valley Police, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Why police officers can talk non-hands-free while driving

Q: I’ve observed Capitola police officers regularly use their mobile phones while driving! Why? Rick Caldarella, via email A: This topic has appeared in Street Smarts before. But being that this is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and officers will … Continue reading

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police are cracking down

Law enforcement locally, as well as statewide will be keeping their eyes peeled for distracted drivers during the month of April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Santa Cruz Area California Highway Patrol office will be teaming up with the police … Continue reading

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Two lanes of traffic along Hwy 9 at Glen Arbor re-open April 6

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We had to laugh, just last week we saw in your column: “Scratch that July 31 date, said Susana Cruz of Caltrans. The actual date is March 29.” We immediately started taking bets on the March … Continue reading

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Drivers need to slow down, watch for pedestrians, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I read your column (“Where pedestrians should walk when sidewalks are not present,” Jan. 10) with interest and I am disturbed that you did not caution the driver to slow down and give way to pedestrians … Continue reading

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Where pedestrians should walk when sidewalks are not present

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy your column and the energy and enthusiasm you put into it. I’ve been meaning to write with my pet peeve — so here it is: Please let your readers know that if they walk … Continue reading

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Encountering road rage

On Facebook recently, a friend described an incident in which she was driving in her hometown when an inattentive driver almost pulled out from a side street and hit her. The other driver met her at the nearby stop light … Continue reading

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