Tag Archives: CVC

Turn signals are not a thing of the past

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I noticed lately that only about 25 percent of the vehicles on the road now days use turn signals when making turns, changing lanes, merging, etc. I even see police, fire, and parking control vehicles not … Continue reading

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Headlight, fog light glare discomfort depends on age, gender

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I ride a bike and drive to and from work in the dark these days. Is it me or are cars headlamps getting brighter? Are more people driving with their brights on? Do all these pickups … Continue reading

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Eyes on the road, not the TV screen, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The stop and go Highway 1 south between Soquel and 41st avenues found me behind a commuter that was having difficulty keeping his vehicle between the lane lines — on both sides. His breaking and rather … Continue reading

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Street Smarts talks traffic fines

Ever wonder what the fines are for various traffic violations? Below are some of the common tickets written, as posted on http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/reference/documents/2009_jcbail.pdf. The first number after the citation listed is the base fine, while the second is the total fine, … Continue reading

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Bad weather driving, walking

Tuesday’s storm was brutal for anyone who ventured outside. Did you go out in the wind and rain? How did you survive? I braved Mother Nature. I drove down to Watsonville, where the rain had been falling non-stop since around … Continue reading

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Reader questions guests parking in driveways, source of foul sewer-like smell

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live downtown on Maple Street and I have two questions. First, Maple Street is posted two-hour parking without a permit. Is a permit required for parking longer than two-hours if I allow my guests to … Continue reading

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Bicyclists not subject to cell phone hands-free law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My husband and I debated about which ‘rules of the road’ apply to bicycles, since bicycles are considered vehicles. We saw a bicyclist wobbling down the road as he was using his cell phone. We thought … Continue reading

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Reader questions ‘carpet-like material’ at fishhook

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What is the carpet-like grey/black material as you exit the fishhook onto Highway 17? It has been there for at least six years, not very attractive and probably a hazard if someone were to pull over … Continue reading

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Road markings, rogue cyclists and pedestrian signs, readers have a lot on their minds

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When driving east on Water Street from downtown, I frequently turn left, north, from Water Street onto Ocean. There is a double turn lane at this intersection and I use the right hand turn lane when … Continue reading

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CHP cracks down on out-of-state registration scofflaws

If your neighbors have been driving a car with license plates from Oregon for the entire time you’ve lived next to them, the California Highway Patrol encourages you to report them. “Every year, the state loses millions of dollars in … Continue reading

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