Tag Archives: cars

Staying alive on the roads while cycling after dark, traveling this holiday season

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, please inform the bike riding public about safe biking in the dark. The night before last, I was driving on Mission Street toward Bay Street. The street was busy and full of slow moving … Continue reading

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‘Ask the DMV’ solves life’s driving mysteries

Each week, Street Smarts receives the “Ask the DMV” transportation column featuring frequently asked questions from drivers. Below is a topic Street Smarts found of interest and hopes you do, too: It is legal for drivers to install neon lights … Continue reading

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Can’t see on stormy, foggy nights on Highway 17, motorist says

Dear Street Smarts,      Q Coming over Highway 17 in the dark when there is rain — and sometimes fog — has become unnecessarily dangerous on the Santa Cruz side of the mountain. I am referring to the often dismal … Continue reading

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Reader asks, ‘What happens to traffic blocked by debris or a collision on Highway 17?’

Dear Street Smarts,      Q I hear about times when multiple lanes of traffic on Highway 17 are closed — for instance, the fallen oak tree that closed both southbound lanes a couple of weeks ago. What happens in these … Continue reading

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Teen drivers safer but still dangerous on the road, study says

  Deadly traffic collisions involving teen drivers are down, according to a study released Friday by AAA. But people are still dying when young drivers do crash. The study looked at crash data between 1998 and 2008 and compared it … Continue reading

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Impromtu car sales lot in North Monterey County hampers motorists’ view of oncoming traffic

Q I live in North Monterey County, and almost every sunny Sunday afternoon, about a dozen or more cars suddenly appear in the vacant lot on the corner of Las Lomas Road and Hall Road. All have “For Sale” signs … Continue reading

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