Category Archives: Traffic camera

Traffic cameras being installed on Hwy 1; Wharf to Wharf foot race closes Hwy 1 ramp

Traffic camera installations begin Monday night along a six mile stretch of Highway from Freedom Boulevard in Aptos to Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz. Caltrans is paying Bear Electrical Solutions, of Alviso, $366,000 to install the traffic cameras. The project begins … Continue reading

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Triggering the green light 101

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Every time me and my buddy, TrugDog, come to a stop light, he bugs me to ‘move up a little bit’ to ‘activate the sensor,’ as if there is some hidden sensor to activate the green … Continue reading

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Are innocent drivers caught in the crossfire of Capitola’s red light camera?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I just read your column this morning about the red light camera at 41st Avenue and Clares Street and have a comment. Someone official should observe that camera for a period of time. The other day … Continue reading

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Reader questions yellow light timing on 41st Ave.

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I would like your help in getting more information about a red light camera situation at 41st Avenue and Clares Street. I got a $489 ticket there recently and when I went for arraignment in traffic … Continue reading

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Bicycle detection at traffic signals

Bicycle Detection at Traffic Signals Editor’s note: Todays blog comes courtesy of Cheryl Schmitt, bicycle coordinator for Santa Cruz’s public works department. Her submission hopes to educate cyclists about getting traffic signals to see them and go from red to … Continue reading

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There’s good reason to stop at red lights

Several times a year, Street Smarts fields questions and/or complaints from readers shocked at the dollar amount listed on the ticket they received for rolling through a red light. Recently, a reader wrote in saying she received a ticket for … Continue reading

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How do you fight a red light camera ticket, have the fine reduced?, readers ask

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A while back you did an article about a woman who got a ticket from the photo police after stopping and then making a right turn. My husband is going through the same problem. I cannot … Continue reading

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Reader questions his red light violation in Capitola

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was recently cited by the Capitola traffic camera when I was making a right turn from 41st Avenue onto Clares Street. I came to a complete stop on 41st and proceeded to make a right … Continue reading

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Simitian’s red light camera bill on its way to becoming law

The State Senate has passed a bill that aims to protect motorists from wrongful tickets issued by red light cameras. Street Smarts first wrote about this in a previous blog. SB 1362, by Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, requires … Continue reading

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Local senator authors bills aimed at improving motorist rights

California Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto had motorist rights in mind when he authored the following three bills , which his fellow law makers will take up this month: Senate Bill 1245 seeks to prevent local transportation agencies from charging … Continue reading

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