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Start Smart coming to town April 25

This month’s installment of the CHP’s free Start Smart course will be offered 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the Santa Cruz Police Department’s Community Room, at 155 Center St. Open to teens and their families, the course offers information … 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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Today’s Start Smart class canceled to honor fallen SCPD officers

Today’s Start Smart class has been canceled and those who planned to attend are invited to the next regularly scheduled course April 25. The change is to allow consideration of Thursday’s memorial service for two Santa Cruz Police officers killed … Continue reading

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Did you know…

The following bits of info come from Ask the DMV, the agency’s weekly transportation column that answers frequently asked questions from patrons. If your child has a learner’s permit on the road to getting his or her driver license and … Continue reading

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New traffic laws usher in 2013

Several new traffic laws will be added to the books Tuesday, Jan. 1. Here’s a summary from the California Highway Patrol: Driving Under the Influence (AB 2020) – People arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs can … Continue reading

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Drugged driving, cell phone use behind the wheel problems on California’s roads

Drugged drivers and those distracted by their cell phones are big problems California’s motorists would like to see addressed, according to a Traffic Safety Survey released Tuesday by the Office of Traffic Safety. Late this past summer, information gatherers questioned … Continue reading

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Read Street Smarts, put down the cell phone and drive, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for your dedication to what might seem like a boring assignment but you provide a very important service. Too bad more people aren’t reading – I try to read all of them – because it … Continue reading

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Where cell phone coverage doesn’t exist, try satellite phone

Dear Street Smarts, Q: How would I find out about having call boxes installed on Empire Grade? It seems like a safety issue because there is no cell phone reception up there. I once had to walk a long way … Continue reading

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Crash survivor seeks freedom from pain, nightmares, drivers yakking on cell phones

Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy your holiday. Enjoy your freedom. And, please, pledge to not do anything to strip that freedom from either yourself or others. That means no drinking while driving. It also means no distracted driving, including dilly-dallying … Continue reading

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Distracted driving, cell phone use behind the wheel means less brain power for driving

Recently, Street Smarts received a letter from a reader who wanted to spread the word about the dangers of tailgating and, more specifically, driving while texting and/or talking on cell phones – even while using hands-free capabilities. You see, she … Continue reading

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