Tag Archives: California Vehicle Code

Reader questions road rules for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Hardly a day goes by that I don’t come across an individual or group walking down the middle of a street or on the wrong side facing oncoming traffic. I understand when there is no sidewalk, … 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

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Traffic laws help bikes and cars coexist on roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You quoted a Ryan Price [June 16 Street Smarts, “When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist”] as saying, “In regard to taking the full travel lane, ‘people riding bikes always have a … Continue reading

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The story behind speed limits

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Why do we have speed limits? I find that by going the speed limit, I am actually an obstacle in the road for others to go around. People, in general, do not drive the speed limit. … Continue reading

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Bicycles and cars, again

In Monday’s column, Street Smarts printed snippets form two letters received from bicycle riding readers who felt their lives were put into danger by drivers who didn’t understand that there are times when cyclists may use a full traffic lane. … Continue reading

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Proper driving etiquette when the road adds a travel lane

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’m hoping you can clear up some confusion we have about the intersection at Clares Street and 40th Avenue in Capitola. While driving east, there are two lanes on Clares, but when you go through the … 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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The proper positioning of your GPS device in windshields

If you have an aftermarket Global Positioning System, California law requires you to attach it to a place that will not obstruct your view of the road. Mount the device either in a: Seven inch square in the lower corner … Continue reading

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Where pedestrians should walk when sidewalks are not present

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy your column and the energy and enthusiasm you put into it. I’ve been meaning to write with my pet peeve — so here it is: Please let your readers know that if they walk … Continue reading

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Crosswalks can be marked — or not, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: As far as I can remember, the California Vehicle Code says that when two roads intersect, there’s an implied crosswalk — whether it’s painted or not, pedestrians have the right of way. But I’m finding that … Continue reading

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