Tag Archives: distracted driving

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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Tesla distraction article in poor taste, readers say

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article about, Hencke appears biased. Do you not know a Tesla driver killed Josh Alper on Hwy 1? Or are you trying to make the accident okay? The facts: The Tesla did not kill Alper. … Continue reading

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Driving a Tesla A can be distracting

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column is from Dr. Richard Hencke, emergency room physician at Dominican Hospital and occasional Street Smarts contributor. During the past year, Street Smarts has published thoughts about electric vehicle ownership from local contributors. Today, Hencke, … 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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Transportation grant aims to save lives

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency is the recipient of $120,000 in grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant funding will greatly enhance our work with collaborative partners in public safety, schools and community-based groups … 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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Cell phone crash blog topic belongs in the paper, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In regard to the blog, “Crash survivor seeks freedom from pain, nightmares, drivers yakking on cell phones,” I think this is a very important subject and this letter or an article on cell phone talking while … 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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