Category Archives: Traffic collisions

More bicycle safety education needed

Today’s guest column about bicycle safety is from the Community Traffic Safety Coalition, an organization that advocates for improvements to make all modes of transportation safer. In December, the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency and the Community Traffic … Continue reading

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Cyclists: take the traffic lane, choose alternate route at Soquel from B40 to Ocean

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, I am writing to ask why there is no bicycle lane from the Branciforte Street intersection with Soquel Avenue to Ocean Street. Bicyclists are forced to ride on the sidewalk, risk their lives, and … Continue reading

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You drink, you drive, someone dies

Don’t drink and drive. It’s not a slogan. It’s a way of life. To disobey that rule puts you and everyone around you in danger while also creating a trail of sorrow and pain. Adolfo “Adolf” Galvan, the 70-year-old owner … Continue reading

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CHP steps up enforcement at highway construction sites

Starting this week, the California Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement at work zones on highways statewide. The safety campaign also includes having electronic highway message signs located within five miles of a construction project to warn drivers that “WORKERS AHEAD, … Continue reading

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Air bag problem causes BMW to recall 574K vehicles

BMW of North America, LLC, is recalling 573,935 certain model year 2000 323i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sports Wagons; 2000 328i sedans and coupes; 2001-05 325i sedans, coupes, convertibles, and Sport Wagons; 2001-05 325xi sedans and Sports Wagons; 2006 325i coupes and … Continue reading

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CHP hosts ‘Start Smart’ class for teens Thursday

Teen drivers, those in the hunt for their driver’s license and their families are invited to attend the CHP’s free Start Smart driving course 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the Aptos branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library, at 7695 … Continue reading

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GM recalls more than 3.6 million vehicles for ignition, air bag problems

General Motors, LLC is recalling more than 3.6 million vehicles due to safety concerns regarding ignition systems and air bags. Here’s the rundown: 2005-09 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-11 Buick Lucerne, 2000-05 Cadillac DeVille, 2006-11 Cadillac DTS, 2006-14 Chevrolet Impala & 2006-07 … Continue reading

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Piggy back crash caught on camera

I drove by this crash yesterday morning on Highway 85 near the DeAnza exit in Cupertino. I imagine the driver of the Corvette was distracted and did not notice traffic up ahead had stopped. Can you imagine being the driver of … Continue reading

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Reader questions fog line, fast lane rules

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I appreciate your column, Ramona. Two questions: My first question is about northbound Mission/Highway 1 at Western. Can an automobile legally cross the solid line on the right to make a right turn? For example, a … Continue reading

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Disabled park for free at meters, not in pay parking lots

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last Thursday’s EV article had a misstatement. Placarded vehicles do not receive free parking in city parking lots. Some cities allow this, but not Santa Cruz! Just go to Walnut Street or any other city-owned lot. You’ll see … Continue reading

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