Category Archives: seat belts

GM recalls 1.2 million vehicles because seat belts, side impact air bags may fail

Fear that seat belt pretensioners and side impact air bags may fail during a traffic collisions, General Motors is recalling 1, 176,407 certain model year 2008-13 Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia, as well as the 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and 2008-10 … Continue reading

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Be safe this holiday season

Happy holidays everyone. Hope you safely celebrate with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to day holiday celebration, keep in mind that millions of other people will be out there on the nation’s … 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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Teen seat belt use at all time high

Seat belt use among teens has reached record proportions, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In the past two years, teen seat belt use has jumped from 94 percent in 2010 to 96.1 percent this year, a number … Continue reading

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July 4th holiday road trippers should get ready and be set before they go

The Fourth of July is coming up in about a week and a half, and many of you are thinking: Road Trip! If you are planning to hit the road, it would be wise to put your car in the … Continue reading

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Hwy 129 ‘Safety Corridor’ on hold, traffic enforcement is not

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You may recall that I wrote to you several months ago regarding the lack of traffic enforcement on Highway 129 between Watsonville and Highway 101. On one occasion after I wrote to you, I did see … Continue reading

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Click It or Ticket campaign ramps up this week

Memorial Day weekend is days away and AAA of Northern California estimates that 3.5 million people will drive to their destination of 50 miles or more. If you plan to be among them, know that the CHP and more than … Continue reading

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Parking in the CVS/Trader Joe’s lot means a big tow bill, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I had my car towed last Saturday night from the parking lot behind Trader Joe’s and CVS. I was parked on the Front Street side in the last row by the street. It cost me $391.48 … Continue reading

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Seatbelt use important in taxi cabs and shuttle buses as well as in private vehicles, AAA says

Just because summer is here, that’s no reason to take a vacation from wearing your seat belt, according to AAA of Northern California. “You can leave all your cares behind while on vacation but don’t leave behind your habit of … Continue reading

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Summer is deadly for teen drivers; AAA offers safety tips

The 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most deadly for teenaged drovers between the ages of 15 and 20, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The high number of deaths during the summer months … Continue reading

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