Category Archives: Traffic Enforcement

Reader questions road rules for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Hardly a day goes by that I don’t come across an individual or group walking down the middle of a street or on the wrong side facing oncoming traffic. I understand when there is no sidewalk, … Continue reading

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Well-meaning sign puts cyclists in danger, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: While driving last Wednesday down High Street from Bay near Peace United Church at 900 High Street, I nearly had a collision with a bike rider who had to swerve out into the street to avoid … Continue reading

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Readers question new ‘Give Me 3’ law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think the new ‘Three feet for safety’ law is a good idea. I have a question about its practical application. On a two lane road, for instance Highway 9, when I find a clear spot … Continue reading

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What to do when school bus lights flash, stop arm’s engaged but no one’s there

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Ocean Street, headed toward Highway 17, there was one of the smaller school buses a little bigger than a van parked in front of Finn’s, with its lights flashing and it’s ‘stop’ sign out. I … 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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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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Traffic laws help bikes and cars coexist on roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You quoted a Ryan Price [June 16 Street Smarts, “When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist”] as saying, “In regard to taking the full travel lane, ‘people riding bikes always have a … 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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