Tag Archives: drivers

Traffic laws help bikes and cars coexist on roads

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You quoted a Ryan Price [June 16 Street Smarts, “When three feet is not available to safely pass a cyclist”] as saying, “In regard to taking the full travel lane, ‘people riding bikes always have a … Continue reading

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Reporting highway driving-related car damage

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Two weeks ago, in the morning, when driving near the road construction near the southbound Soquel Avenue exit on Highway 1, a large piece of gravel struck my windshield. If it was not a piece of … Continue reading

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Back to school commuting tips

It’s back to school season. That means more traffic and a longer commute to work. It also means more kids on the road in their parents cars, on foot, bikes, skateboards, etc. going to and from school. Street Smarts solicited … Continue reading

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Reader video tapes, publishes bad driving behavior

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’ve started a YouTube channel to spread awareness about some of the unsafe driving habits in our county. I bought a dash cam, and will be recording every drive. I’ve based my channel off other YouTube … 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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Proper driving etiquette when the road adds a travel lane

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’m hoping you can clear up some confusion we have about the intersection at Clares Street and 40th Avenue in Capitola. While driving east, there are two lanes on Clares, but when you go through the … Continue reading

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Start Smart coming to town April 25

This month’s installment of the CHP’s free Start Smart course will be offered 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25 in the Santa Cruz Police Department’s Community Room, at 155 Center St. Open to teens and their families, the course offers information … Continue reading

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‘Ask the DMV’ solves life’s driving mysteries

Each week, Street Smarts receives the “Ask the DMV” transportation column featuring frequently asked questions from drivers. Below is a topic Street Smarts found of interest and hopes you do, too: It is legal for drivers to install neon lights … Continue reading

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Remote-starting engine problem behind Subaru’s recall of 47K vehicles

Subraru is recalling 47, 419 vehicles because a malfunction may allow the engine to randomly start without someone pressing the start button. The recall impacts several vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter … 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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