Tag Archives: consumer affairs

Organ donor information available online

Has the pink organ donor sticker fallen off your driver’s license. Don’t fret, your wishes may still be honored, according to Ask George, the DMV’s weekly transportation column that seeks to answer frequently asked questions. “As of 2006, the DMV … Continue reading

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Readers sound off about signal lights at Soquel Dr. and Dover/Mattison

On Monday, Street Smarts printed a letter from a reader seeking change at the intersection of Soquel Drive at Dover Drive and Mattison Lane. There are two traffic signals in close proximity there and drivers get confused about which one … Continue reading

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Signal light placement has drivers seeing the wrong color, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Love your column. I learn a lot each time I read it. The traffic lights in front of the Silver Spur Restaurant: There are two sets of lights within 25 meters. They are so close, often … Continue reading

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Hwy 1, Park Avenue ramp runs smooth, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A couple months ago, I sent you an email complaining about the southbound exit ramp of Highway 1 at Park Avenue as having a large bump. They did a shoddy repair job and I complained again. … Continue reading

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New traffic laws for 2012

Below is a list of laws that took effect with the coming of the new year, courtesy of Armando Botello of the Department of Motor Vehicles: Child safety seats – Children up to age eight or or 4 feet 9 … Continue reading

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Report reckless drivers on private property to owner

Tis the season to shop. But with so many people hitting shopping centers for the perfect last minute gifts, tempers behind the wheel may be short and drivers may not take as much care as they should while traversing parking … Continue reading

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Selling a vehicle when the registered owner is in bad health, deceased

Last Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 3:15 p.m., my 82-year-old step-granddad died after a long battle with cancer. He was diagnosed years ago, but declined treatment. In October, he could hide his secret no longer. From there, his health went downhill … Continue reading

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River/Front Parking structure may lose its free status

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Today, a friend and I parked at the lot beside the new Cruzio building — your old Sentinel haunts — and I got to wondering about the new parking system. Also, next to the downtown library … Continue reading

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An out of state visitor seeks help in taking care of traffic ticket

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My step-son was visiting from Atlanta several weeks ago and was observed by the traffic camera not stopping and going through the red light. He was driving my wife’s car. The notice violation and picture showed … Continue reading

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Keeping your teen safe during the dealy summer driving season

Summer time is the most deadliest time for young drivers and their passengers ages 13-19. AAA of Northern California sites statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in supporting parents in discussing teen driver safety. According to the NHTSA, … Continue reading

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