Category Archives: Traffic collisions

Where to turn when emergency lights and sirens approach on Hwy 17

Every now and then, Street Smarts receives questions from readers who are too shy to give their name. Here’s one of them: “Just a quick question prompted by some accidents during rush-hour on 17 this past week in the rain. … Continue reading

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When life’s changes mean buying a new car

On Tuesday, I traded in my old compact car for a bigger car with better gas mileage. That sounds weird to say. Typically, people trade in big, gas guzzling vehicles for zippy little cars that are more friendly to the wallet … Continue reading

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When water falls from the sky, will you remember how to drive?

Weather forecasters predict that rain is in our future this week. Since we haven’t much of it and some of us may be out of practice, here are some tips to help remember wet weather road rules from the California Office of … 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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Panhandling behavior along median will take time to change, SCPD says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I see the new No Panhandling Signs are up now — good job. But I have noticed they do not discourage people from still pan handling. What’s next? I also wonder what happens ‘when’, not ‘if’, … 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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Start Smart tonight

The CHP’s Start Smart course will begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Aptos High School, at 100 Mariner Way in Aptos. Free for teen or new drivers and their families, the course delves into the responsibilities pitfalls of being new … Continue reading

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‘No Jake Brakes” signs seek to control truck noise, create legal ruckus

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’m wondering what it would take to get a ‘No Jake Brakes’ sign posted for northbound big rigs approaching the fishhook. There are a couple guys that enjoy rattling our neighborhood very early in the morning. … Continue reading

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Aldridge Lane to be repaired this fall, ‘Give Me 3’ bill becomes law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In 20 years living on Aldridge Lane in Corralitos, I have watched the berm alongside the road be dragged down by the procession of apple growers who have taken turns farming the small piece of land … Continue reading

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Remember to slow down move over for roadside construction, emergency efforts

A rash of collisions involving motorists and highway and/or emergency workers has Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety are calling on drivers to be extra careful and obey the states slow down move over law. … Continue reading

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