Tag Archives: collisions

Preventing traffic pile-ups

This month has been a deadly one for big rigs on windy highways shared with Santa Clara County, our neighbor to the east. In two weeks time, in two separate incidents, two commercial trucks lost control and drove through traffic … Continue reading

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Discussing safety on Highway 17

The Santa Cruz County Traffic Operations Oversight Committee and Safe on 17 Task force will meet 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at at the San Jose area CHP office, at 2020 Junction Ave., to discuss safety efforts along Highway 17. The group, … Continue reading

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Teen Driver Safety Week: Parents talk to your teen drivers about safe driving practices

AAA is urging parents to talk to their teen drivers about risky driving, particularly among 16 and 17 year olds. Researched released as part of Teen Driver Safety Week shows that, in general, the prevalence of risky behavior grew for … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 median barrier replaced because it was unsafe, Caltrans says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I truly enjoy your column, I look forward to it every week. My question is why Caltrans removed a good concrete center divider on Highway 1 between State Park Drive and Rio del Mar Boulevard, and … Continue reading

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Interesting tidbits from Caltrans

       On Wednesday, I spent a couple hours chatting with Caltrans Maintenance Supervisor Russell Ellingworth, a 30-year veteran of the state transportation agency. We talked about trash, as part of the agency’s statewide effort to “Keep California Beautiful.” But … Continue reading

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Reduce speed limit on Highway 129

Q         The improvements on Highway 17 are quite impressive, but it makes me wonder about another highway in the county, Highway 129. While this road obviously carries far less traffic than Highway 17, it seems as if there have been … Continue reading

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Ten years of being ‘Safe on 17’

Travelling the winding curves of Highway 17 between Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties is much safer than it was 10 years ago. “I’ve been driving Highway 17 since I was 16-years-old,” said Mark Stone, district five county supervisor and … Continue reading

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Busses hazard lights can be confusing to passing motorists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q Metro buses flash their emergency flashers when stopped at a bus stop. I have questions and comments about this. First, is it legal? Once upon a time, emergency flashers were only to be used by distressed … Continue reading

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Reader complains about stop sign runners on Bay and California streets

Dear Street Smarts, Q I’m seeing more drivers running the stop sign at Bay and California streets. It is a three-way stop, but I have observed cars on Bay Street slow down to see if there is a patrol car … Continue reading

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Tangoing with a drunk driver

I was hit by a drunk driver over the weekend.   My two passengers and I are OK and the damage to my car appears to be relatively minor — $1650 in repairs and a check to see if the … Continue reading

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