Category Archives: traffic citation

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 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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Bike Traffic School offered this Wednesday

A sure sign winter is coming is that the days are getting shorter. This presents challenges to cyclists, who must display proper lighting and reflective gear when they hit the road after dark to make sure they are visible to … Continue reading

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Illegal immigrant traffic offenders treated like everyone else

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is two parts: What happens when a police officer pulls over an illegal immigrant driving without a license or insurance? What happens if that person injures someone while driving without a license or insurance? … 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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Hands-free bill update awaits governor’s decision

A bill that would raise the traffic fine for violating cell phone laws is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Senate Bill 28 arrived there Monday after the state Senate voted last week 23 to 13 to pass it. Brown … Continue reading

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Bike Traffic School this weekend

Santa Cruz County’s monthly Bike Traffic School is gearing up for it’s latest offering this Saturday, Aug. 6. Form 10 a.m. to noon, cyclists will learn to safely navigate local streets, becoming confident and competent bicycle riders. The class is … Continue reading

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An out of state visitor seeks help in taking care of traffic ticket

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My step-son was visiting from Atlanta several weeks ago and was observed by the traffic camera not stopping and going through the red light. He was driving my wife’s car. The notice violation and picture showed … Continue reading

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How fast do you drive when there’s no speed limit sign for guidance?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I received a speeding ticket on Highway 17. I was definitely going over the speed limit, but I thought just 5 mph over. I thought the speed limit was 65 in the area where I was … Continue reading

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