Category Archives: traffic citation

Headlight rule needs repeating, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your recent column, you wrote about some safety tips. I wish you would repeat one of them. You stated, “Turn on your headlights when it’s rainy, gloomy, foggy or overcast.” I am appalled at how … Continue reading

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Neighbors hog all street parking, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is plenty of open parking space on the street where we live. Unfortunately, both next door neighbors have a gazillion cars and squeeze us out of parking in front of our home. We have one … Continue reading

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‘No U-Turn’ sign needs better positioning, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was disappointed in your treatment of Mr. Jim Walt’s problem (published in Street Smarts March 31) with the signage at the Highway 1, Highway 9, North River Street intersection. The signage there is positively wretched. … Continue reading

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Put the cellphone down and drive, CHP says

Drivers who insist on yakking on their cellphones between their hand and cheek, as opposed to hands-free should expect no less than a traffic ticket. This month, particularly, on April 3, 8, 17 and 22, law enforcement agencies statewide will hit the road in an effort to … Continue reading

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Placement of ‘No-U-Turn’ sign questioned at River St., Hwy 1

Dear Street Smarts Q: Ramona, Question for you: Have you heard complaints about the placement of the U-turn sign at River Street and Highway 1, the one you will see coming from Costco and turning onto Highway 1 South? The … 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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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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Buses, traffic create blind spots for drivers near UCSC

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Due to the large amount of traffic at the east entrance to UCSC, in my opinion, left hand turn lanes large enough to accommodate buses are necessary for turning left northbound onto Glenn Coolidge Drive from … Continue reading

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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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Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws

In recent weeks, Street Smarts received two emails from adults concerned about the things they see drivers do around schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. While playing child chauffeur last month to help out a friend, Kelly Newman was … Continue reading

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