Category Archives: Watonville Police

Give bikes 3 feet law begins Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, California’s new three-foot bike-passing law goes into effect. To spread the word and to dowse misconceptions, People Power will join local elected officials, as well as representatives from the Watsonville and Scotts Valley Police Departments, the … Continue reading

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Why police officers can talk non-hands-free while driving

Q: I’ve observed Capitola police officers regularly use their mobile phones while driving! Why? Rick Caldarella, via email A: This topic has appeared in Street Smarts before. But being that this is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and officers will … Continue reading

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police are cracking down

Law enforcement locally, as well as statewide will be keeping their eyes peeled for distracted drivers during the month of April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Santa Cruz Area California Highway Patrol office will be teaming up with the police … Continue reading

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Watsonville PD to hand out road safety info cards during traffic stops

The Watsonville Police Department could soon be handing out traffic safety cards to drivers during traffic stops that do not result in a citation being written. The South County Bike and Pedestrian Work Group of the Community Traffic Safety Coalition … Continue reading

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Reader comments on Street Smarts of pedestrian law

Dear Street Smarts, Just sending a note of thanks for your very helpful response regarding (Monday’s) question on pedestrian/driver responsibilities in crossing an intersection. This could provide a learning moment for some local police. My wife was followed across Watsonville … Continue reading

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Proper etiquette after being pulled over by a police officer

Here are some tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles about what to do when you notice a police officer behind you with lights and sirens on in an attempt to pull you over: Acknowledge the officer by turning on your right … Continue reading

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Group to use $100K grant to make cycling, walking popular, safer in Watsonville

     A bicycle and pedestrian safety advocacy group is seeking to make cycling and walking to school as popular, and safe, as they are healthy and enjoyable.      Armed with a $100,000 transportation grant from the Santa Cruz County Regional … Continue reading

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Cops host special traffic enforcement campaigns, dozens cited

     Local law enforcement efforts to crack down on traffic scofflaws are an attempt to make the road safer.      During two separate traffic enforcement campaigns since Saturday, officers pulled dozens of drivers and motorcycle riders over for committing various moving … Continue reading

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Local police offer motorcycle safety awareness expo in Davenport this weekend

Proper riding attire and training are two of the most important things a motorcyclist can have before he or she hits the road. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement officials will team up Sunday to promote motorcycle … Continue reading

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High school seniors get crash course in DUI in time for prom, graduation

       A 17-year-old Watsonville High School student was unlicensed and under the influence of alcohol and anti-depressants when she made an illegal u-turn on Highway 101 in Prunedale and was hit by an SUV.      The crash, in February … Continue reading

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