Category Archives: traffic

King Street needs paving, bike lanes, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: King Street is a major thoroughfare and, for bicyclists, is often a suggested alternative to Mission Street. It is also used daily by countless school kids who are going to either Mission Hill Middle School or … Continue reading

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Lane confusion in Soquel Village needs clearing up, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: As you proceed down Old San Jose Road and enter the village of Soquel, there are initially two lanes but as you approach the stoplight heading south there are three lines. There is a left turn … Continue reading

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Don’t toss flaming cigarette butts out car windows

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In this high fire danger period, is it illegal for a driver to toss a lit cigarette out the window? I observed a spark trail from a cigarette tossed out of a black mini SUV with … Continue reading

Posted in CHP, driver education, Driver safety, environment, Highway 1, Highway 17, highways, law enforcement, Mission Street, parking, Paving, pedestrian education, pedestrian safety, pedestrians, police, Public safety, public works, public works projects, road construction, road work, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Public Works, share the road, traffic, traffic laws, traffic safety, transportation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in California Vehicle Code, child passenger safety, children, consumer affairs, driver education, Driver safety, driveway, Highway 17, Lane closure, law enforcement, Paving, police, Public safety, public works, public works projects, road construction, road work, roads, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Police, Santa Cruz Public Works, school bus, stop signs, traffic, Traffic Enforcement, traffic hazards, traffic laws, traffic safety, transportation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in CHP, commercial vehicles, commute, congestion, consumer affairs, distracted drivers, driver education, Driver safety, DUI, Highway 1, Highway 152, highways, inattentive drivers, Mountain Driving, police, Public safety, road trip, roads, speed, traffic, traffic hazards, transportation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Street Smarts of saving street parking spaces, opening barricaded roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You might suggest that your reader who is having trouble parking on the street in front of his or her home take a swing by Monarch Way on the Westside of Santa Cruz. A resident there … Continue reading

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Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … Continue reading

Posted in air pollution, alternative transportation, bicycle, Bicycling, bike lanes, bike safety, Caltrans, commute, congestion, consumer affairs, driver education, Driver safety, environment, fuel conservation, Highway 1, Highway 9, highways, insurance, Intersection, Lane closure, Move Over Slow Down, road construction, road work, roads, Santa Cruz, Senior drivers, seniors, traffic, traffic laws, traffic safety, transportation, transportation projects, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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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

Posted in children, commute, congestion, distracted drivers, driver education, Driver safety, drowsy driving, fuel consumption, Gas prices, highways, hybrid vehicles, inattentive drivers, money, noise, road trip, tourism, traffic, traffic hazards, traffic safety, transportation, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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