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Today’s Start Smart class canceled to honor fallen SCPD officers

Today’s Start Smart class has been canceled and those who planned to attend are invited to the next regularly scheduled course April 25. The change is to allow consideration of Thursday’s memorial service for two Santa Cruz Police officers killed … Continue reading

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Brake problems behind Mitsubishi EV recall

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 1,402 model year 2012 i-MiEV electric vehicles because the brake system vacuum pump may fail, causing the vacuum pump to stop working, thus increasing stopping distances and increasing the risk of a collision.   … Continue reading

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Seats still available in upcoming Start Smart class

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Hi, my 16-year-old daughter is preparing to get her license. Do you still offer the defensive driving classes? She has had her permit for about five months. Thanks, Nathan Fitzgerald Sr., via email A: I don’t … Continue reading

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Auxiliary lanes project update

Work will continue on the Highway 1 Soquel/Morrissey auxiliary lanes project this holiday season, reports the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. Crews will focus on the retaining wall on northbound Highway 1. As weather permits, crews also will work … Continue reading

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Wet weather tips for drivers, cyclists ad pedestrians

Rain is in the forecast all weekend long, as well as at least one day next week. Here are some tips to help you get to your destination safety from the California Office of Traffic Safety, with a few additives … Continue reading

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Holiday driving, safety

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Hope you safely celebrate this holiday with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to your turkey day holiday celebration, keep in mind that AAA predicts 43 million people nationwide who … Continue reading

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Gas prices edge lower in time for holiday travel season

Gas prices this holiday season are going to be nicer to Holiday road warriors than they were for summer travelers. The price of gasoline is falling nationwide and is expected to rest closer to $3 by the end of the … Continue reading

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Come one, come all to the MetroBase operations building groundbreaking Friday

If you are in the area of 1200 River Street around noon Friday, Oct. 26. There will be a little celebration going on and you are invited to join in. Santa Cruz Metro will break ground on the last of … Continue reading

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This is National School Bus Week, drive carefully

This week, Oct. 22-26, is National School Bus Safety Week. On Facebook, the California Highway Patrol posted the following factoids: The CHP looks out for the safety of the state’s students by inspecting and certifying more than 23,500 buses here … Continue reading

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Cyclists applaud Street Smarts’ bicycle and cars education efforts

Recent columns and blogs about cyclists and motorists interactions have generated an array of responses. Below are some positive thoughts from local bike riders. “I’m a retired police supervisor and wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your articles. … Continue reading

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