Tag Archives: California Highway Patrol

Cell phone use while driving up; talking/texting while driving fines could rise

The same day the California Office of Traffic Safety released a study showing that distracted driving is on the rise, the state Senate approves a bill that seeks to hike fines for driving while talking and/or texting on cell phones. … Continue reading

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‘No Left Turn’ restriction applies to weekdays only

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In Aptos, at the intersection of Soquel and Spreckles drives, there is a light with a ‘No Left Turn’ message that comes on Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. They must gave changed the signage recently as … Continue reading

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April Fool prank creates shock and awe shucks

So, I recevied word Thursday from a friend, who’s also a California Highway Patrol officer, that the state is in such a financial pickle that it is going to merge the CHP with the Department of Fish and Game. He … Continue reading

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Reader questions safety of pedestrian crossing signals on Mission Street

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I know I am not alone when I say that I think the two signal light pedestrian crossings on Mission Street between Bay and Almar streets are a hazard for both motorists and pedestrians. I ask … Continue reading

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Reader seeks knowledge on pedestrian right-of-way laws

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What is the law regarding vehicles stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk? I always thought cars had to stay stopped — not rolling, edging through, etc. — until the pedestrian reached the sidewalk, with the possible … Continue reading

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Holiday road trip tips

With winter holidays around the corner and more people on the road to celebrations with family and friends, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency traffic safety staff, Safe Kids Chapter and California Highway Patrol remind revelers to do the … Continue reading

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When two vehicles collide in a parking lot, what then?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’m wondering if traffic control items such as stop signs, driving direction arrows, etc., in parking lots have the ‘force of law’ behind them. They are on private property, so I’m not sure about this. This … Continue reading

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Do you follow me?

As you all know, I occasionally ride sidesaddle with law enforcement to get good topics of interest to share in Street Smarts. Earlier this week, I rode shotgun with Officer Sarah Jackson, the California Highway Patrol’s public information officer. For … Continue reading

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CHP receives $5.6 million to curb drunken drivers

The California Highway Patrol has received $5.6 million in grant funding to crack down on people who drive while under the influence of alcohol. This comes at a time when the behavior continues to be a major problem on the … Continue reading

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Santa Cruz has no money for speed bumps; stopping for school buses

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Who do I talk to about getting a speed bump installed on our street? We live on Park Way in Santa Cruz between Almena and Roxas streets. There are currently three speed bumps between Soquel Avenue … Continue reading

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