Category Archives: seniors

Well-meaning sign puts cyclists in danger, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: While driving last Wednesday down High Street from Bay near Peace United Church at 900 High Street, I nearly had a collision with a bike rider who had to swerve out into the street to avoid … Continue reading

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Give bikes 3 feet law begins Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, California’s new three-foot bike-passing law goes into effect. To spread the word and to dowse misconceptions, People Power will join local elected officials, as well as representatives from the Watsonville and Scotts Valley Police Departments, the … Continue reading

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Roundabouts work, says Santa Cruz PWD

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Drivers in Santa Cruz and those coming from outside to visit often don’t know how to enter the roundabout at the end of Pacific Avenue heading to the Main Beach. There were two incidents where I … Continue reading

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Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … Continue reading

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AARP offers monthly senior driving safety course

Each month, AARP Safe Driver classes are offered monthly throughout Santa Cruz County with a goal of helping maturing drivers to maintain safe driving skills and, thus, their driver’s licenses for a longer period of time. The course costs $20 per … Continue reading

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60 is not old, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think your column is a very good idea. I usually think you do a good job with it but I think you greatly missed the boat with your recent column on elderly drivers. First, 60 years … Continue reading

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Teaching older drivers to ‘Age Well, Drive Smart’

From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 9 senior drivers can learn ways to “Age Well, Drive Smart” from the CHP. Designed as an educational tool for older drivers, the program helps seniors brush up on their driving skills, refresh … Continue reading

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Seniors: When to ditch the car keys

In 1987, when my late grandma was 60, she voluntarily gave up her car keys. At that time, Jenny Kennedy Raines, who passed away last March due to heart failure, was still greatly independent and working a full-time job. Her … Continue reading

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Use extra care when driving around schools

Each school year, Street Smarts fields emails from readers telling ghastly tales about the things parents do when dropping off and picking up their students from school. This year, I am witnessing some scary things occurring around schools at the … Continue reading

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Discussing safety on Highway 17

The Santa Cruz County Traffic Operations Oversight Committee and Safe on 17 Task force will meet 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at at the San Jose area CHP office, at 2020 Junction Ave., to discuss safety efforts along Highway 17. The group, … Continue reading

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