Category Archives: traffic signal

Video urges drivers to obey traffic laws

The Chicago-based Traffic Safety Coalition has released a new video urging motorists to stop at red lights. The video, “Victims of Red Light Running: More than Statistics,” features several people from around the country talking about loved ones ripped from … Continue reading

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Road rules: the 411 on driving along the shoulder to make a right turns

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What are the rules for making right turns from the shoulder? I’m thinking southbound Highway 1 at River Street and/or northbound Highway 1 at Western Drive. Both these intersections have long, paved shoulders. Some drivers use … Continue reading

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Talking traffic to DeLaveaga school, commute solutions

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was interested to read your Street Smarts column about how school traffic has been affected by the La Fonda overpass construction. Ms. Speiser may be accurate in her efforts to help ease traffic by encouraging … Continue reading

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No dedicated left turn light coming to Cabrillo College Drive, Park Avenue

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy reading your advice on Street Smarts and appreciate the opportunity to have somewhere to voice my concerns. I live in Soquel, near the busy intersection of Cabrillo College Drive and Park Avenue. There is … Continue reading

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Traffic light at Grahamn Hill, Lockwood Lane coming online soon

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I and many of my Lockwood Lane area neighbors would like to know when the new traffic signals will be activated at Graham Hill Road and Lockwood Lane. It’s been months and those of us who … Continue reading

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Easing traffic congestion

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The light for cars making a left on to Eaton Street from 7th Avenue lasts forever – or at least it seems like it. However, the light does not usually turn green for the cars making … Continue reading

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Improving traffic flow at Harvey West Business Park

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Will they ever do something about the cars blocking the intersection as they come down by the homeless shelter from Costco? They want to get in the lanes to turn left onto Highway 1 and they … Continue reading

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Wet weather tips for drivers, cyclists ad pedestrians

Rain is in the forecast all weekend long, as well as at least one day next week. Here are some tips to help you get to your destination safety from the California Office of Traffic Safety, with a few additives … Continue reading

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Traffic light timing at Mission, King working fine, Caltrans says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was so glad to hear that people had complained about the intersection of King and Mission streets (Street Smarts, 4/16). I live on the upper Westside of Santa Cruz, and at 8 a.m. and 2:30 … 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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