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Put the cellphone down and drive, CHP says

Drivers who insist on yakking on their cellphones between their hand and cheek, as opposed to hands-free should expect no less than a traffic ticket. This month, particularly, on April 3, 8, 17 and 22, law enforcement agencies statewide will hit the road in an effort to … Continue reading

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Be safe this holiday season

Happy holidays everyone. Hope you safely celebrate with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to day holiday celebration, keep in mind that millions of other people will be out there on the nation’s … Continue reading

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Laurent resurfacing on the back burner

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have seen many of the streets in the lower Westside being repaved and think it comes under the Measure H that was passed a few years back. I called a couple of years ago when … Continue reading

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‘Start Smart’ teen driver class planned for Oct. 3

The CHP’s next installment of “Start Smart” will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room located at 155 Center St. in Santa Cruz. The course, open to teen and new drivers and their … Continue reading

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Two Start Smart classes offered in June

The California Highway Patrol has two Start Smarts classes coming up this month. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 13 and June 27, teen drivers and their families can attend the course that teaches responsible driving. There will be videos … Continue reading

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Bicyclists may use full traffic lane

Street Smarts has been hearing from cyclists who have been slighted by motorists. Specifically, these cyclists have complained that drivers do not want to share the road on narrow road in which cyclists may – or must – take the … Continue reading

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First of its kind distracted driving study released

Texting and dialing are the most dangerous part of cellphone use while driving, according to a new study released last month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This, because drivers must take their eyes away from the road while … Continue reading

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Buses, traffic create blind spots for drivers near UCSC

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Due to the large amount of traffic at the east entrance to UCSC, in my opinion, left hand turn lanes large enough to accommodate buses are necessary for turning left northbound onto Glenn Coolidge Drive from … Continue reading

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Why police officers can talk non-hands-free while driving

Q: I’ve observed Capitola police officers regularly use their mobile phones while driving! Why? Rick Caldarella, via email A: This topic has appeared in Street Smarts before. But being that this is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and officers will … Continue reading

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Road knowledge from DMV’s Ask George

Did you know that not paying a traffic ticket received while cycling can impact your ability to get a driver’s license? And stopping in a carpool lane to merge into slow traffic beside it is illegal? Also, if you see … Continue reading

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