Tag Archives: distracted driving

Distracted driving, cell phone use behind the wheel means less brain power for driving

Recently, Street Smarts received a letter from a reader who wanted to spread the word about the dangers of tailgating and, more specifically, driving while texting and/or talking on cell phones – even while using hands-free capabilities. You see, she … Continue reading

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Cell phone use while driving up; talking/texting while driving fines could rise

The same day the California Office of Traffic Safety released a study showing that distracted driving is on the rise, the state Senate approves a bill that seeks to hike fines for driving while talking and/or texting on cell phones. … Continue reading

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Local street friendly PSA running at Watsonville movie house

Movie-goers in South County have been watching a new public service announcement from the Community Traffic Safety Coalition’s South County Bike and Pedestrian Work Group. The PSA running at Green Valley Cinemas, at 1125 So. Green Valley Road, aims to … Continue reading

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No room for distractions when riding a motorcycle, driving an automobile

As you may know, I signed myself up for the motorcycle safety training course at Cabrillo College to learn how to ride a motorcycle. Besides wanting one for as long as I can remember, I’m interested in getting one now … Continue reading

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OTS seeks input on future distracted driving awareness campaign slogan

Friday is the last day to submit thoughts about the state Office of Traffic Safety’s new distracted driving awareness campaign slogan. The agency is seeking something short and snappy, like the slogan for seat belt awareness — Click it or … Continue reading

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AAA launches ‘Heads Up Driving Week’ this week

This week is Heads Up Driving Week and AAA Northern California is encouraging motorists to keep their eyes on the road by locking their cell phone in their trunk, not doodling with the radio and skipping drive-thru fast food restaurants. … Continue reading

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School’s opening soon, keep a careful eye for wayward students, AAA says

With school about to start in a couple weeks, AAA of Northern California urges motorists to keep an eye out for students on their way to class because they may be too distracted by the first day of school to … Continue reading

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Never too early or late to learn good driving skills

Today’s Street Smarts column is dedicated to improving traffic safety awareness among older and teen drivers. It’s dangerous to be an senior or young driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, 13 percent of this country’s … Continue reading

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‘Driver’s Yoga’ teaches motorists to become one with their ride, be better drivers

When you drive, does your mind wander? Instead of paying attention to the road, you start thinking about things that happened the previous day, your to-do list for today and the people in your life. That’s called distracted driving and … 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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