Category Archives: traffic hazards

Preventing traffic pile-ups

This month has been a deadly one for big rigs on windy highways shared with Santa Clara County, our neighbor to the east. In two weeks time, in two separate incidents, two commercial trucks lost control and drove through traffic … Continue reading

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Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … 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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Safety tips for road warriors this turkey day holiday

Thanksgiving is Thursday and rain is in the forecast; snow is expected in higher elevations. If you are planning to hit the road to your holiday destination, here are some winter driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: … 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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Staying alive on the roads while cycling after dark, traveling this holiday season

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, please inform the bike riding public about safe biking in the dark. The night before last, I was driving on Mission Street toward Bay Street. The street was busy and full of slow moving … Continue reading

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New lane configuration on Brommer at 41st Brommer to stay

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What is the long term intent for turning¬†and through movements eastbound on Brommer Street. at 41st Avenue? Prior to the opening of the hotel on that corner, there was one left turn and/or through lane and … 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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Used car lot a danger to cyclists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The used car lot at the corner of North Branciforte¬†Avenue and Water Street has no off-street parking, which frequently makes it unsafe for bicyclists, forcing them to ride into traffic at a very busy corner. The … Continue reading

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