Tag Archives: California Driver Handbook

Using the East Cliff Drive bike path

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The portion of East Cliff Drive, from the new Pleasure Point Park eastward has a designated bike lane striped and marked one way east. Why wasn’t it stripped for two way bike riding as was Beach … Continue reading

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Tale of people driving badly

    In between assignments Thursday, I lounged in Capitola for a bit. While there, I caught people behaving badly behind the wheel of deadly weapons. In my first encounter, I was sitting on a bench around 10 a.m. along … Continue reading

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Untethered dogs in cars is dangerous, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: It appears that there are a number of dog owners driving around the area that do not understand that an unrestrained dog in a vehicle could be severely injured in an accident. I’ve seen people with … Continue reading

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Tell us how to gauge distance, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In regard to Monday’s column, ‘Street Smarts: In absence of signs, when are U-turns allowed?,’ what is 200 feet comparable to? Giving information to drivers in a manner that is relevant to the situation would be … Continue reading

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Couple debates turn signal use protocol

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My wife and I have had this discussion many times, with her telling me over and over that in certain circumstances I do not need to signal, a fact she learned from a police officer in … Continue reading

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Turn signals 101

Dear Street Smarts, Q: With reference to traffic signals for turns, I have been told by a friend police officer in another county: When making a right or left hand turn in a lane which is clearly marked by an … Continue reading

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Blinker or ticket

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Recently, I overheard a man telling a woman that he had just gotten a $300 ticket for changing lanes in town without first putting on his blinker. He said it is now a law that it … Continue reading

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CHP patrol cruiser equipment drives into the 21st Century

The Aptos CHP office is among the first in the state to receive new technology that helps officers do their jobs more efficiently, safely and comfortably. Earlier this year, the local branch of the state law enforcement agency received four … Continue reading

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Temporary traffic signal at B-40 slipout now working

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live on Branciforte Drive and, after the storms, part of the road washed out. Now, (the county is) going to put in a light. But after a week of them putting it in, no more … Continue reading

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Reader questions yellow light timing on 41st Ave.

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I would like your help in getting more information about a red light camera situation at 41st Avenue and Clares Street. I got a $489 ticket there recently and when I went for arraignment in traffic … Continue reading

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