Category Archives: Scotts Valley Police

Choose your sources wisely, reader tells Street Smarts

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On the topic of ‘wrong way cycling,’ Debbie Bulger had asked if someone with bike expertise might best address this issue. You chose to check with Steve Clark, a law enforcement officer. While I expect he … Continue reading

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Making right turns in the presence of bicycles

Dear Street Smarts, Q: If I am driving on a street that has two lanes each direction plus a bike lane in either direction. Let’s say that I am in the right hand lane and I need to make a … Continue reading

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Cold, wet weather holding up Highway 17 drainage improvement project

Dear Street Smarts, Q: It seems like the work being done on Highway 17 (Santa Clara County) is at a standstill. There has been no visible work done on the north side center divide or road surface for a month … Continue reading

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Untethered dogs in cars is dangerous, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: It appears that there are a number of dog owners driving around the area that do not understand that an unrestrained dog in a vehicle could be severely injured in an accident. I’ve seen people with … Continue reading

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Adults often use kids as excuse to beat speeding ticket, nanny blog says

Drivers come up with the darndest things to tell a police officer in the hopes of averting a speeding ticket. When I lived in Arizona in the late 90s, I was on my way from from work late one night … Continue reading

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Hwy 1’s Soquel/Morrissey auxiliary lanes project could break ground February 2012, RTC says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Is the Soquel Avenue to Morrissey Boulevard Auxiliary Lanes Project on hold or is it going to go forward? Do you know where one would find updates on the status and schedule? Thanks, Joe Bacon, Live … Continue reading

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Pain at the pump an incentive to commute green

With gas prices inching upward, consumers should know there are things they can do to reduce the pain at the pump. The buzz is that gas prices could sore to $6 if, say, a hurricane were to strike an oil … Continue reading

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Red light running not allowed, even if the traffic signal doesn’t ‘see’ you, police say

Every now and then I get letters from readers wanting to know what they can do about red lights that never seem to recognize their vehicle. One reader asked if he could “run” the light, as long as there was … Continue reading

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La Madrona users making illegal right turns onto East Mt. Hermon Road, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q:I have been wondering a long time about the intersection of La Madrona Drive and Mt. Hermon Road in Scotts Valley. I see people coming from La Madrona toward Mt. Hermon stop at the red light and … Continue reading

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Bicycling in the wind

Last week, Street Smarts touched upon the subject of motorcycle riding in high wind conditions. It featured some advice from Scotts Valley Lt. John Hohmann on ways to keep bikes upright and on the road. He also suggested that riders … Continue reading

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