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Breeding respect among pedestrians and motorists

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission has released a brochure aimed at helping motorists and pedestrians better coexist on the road. The pamphlet, called “What Pedestrians and Motorists Want Each Other to Know,” is the creation of the commission’s … Continue reading

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Us vs. them: Can bicyclists and motorists get along on Santa Cruz County’s roads?

Santa Cruz County touts itself as being laid back and a cycling-friendly mecca. But is it? Every time anything cycling related appears in this column, rage comes out. This past Thursday’s column is a perfect example. Verbal single finger solutes … Continue reading

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Local senator authors bills aimed at improving motorist rights

California Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto had motorist rights in mind when he authored the following three bills , which his fellow law makers will take up this month: Senate Bill 1245 seeks to prevent local transportation agencies from charging … Continue reading

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Earthquake wary reader questions Murray Street Bridge repair delays

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Since there are so many earthquakes in the news, could you find out why the required seismic retrofit of the Murray Street Bridge is delayed until next year? The plans were completed several years ago and … 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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Ten years of being ‘Safe on 17’

Travelling the winding curves of Highway 17 between Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties is much safer than it was 10 years ago. “I’ve been driving Highway 17 since I was 16-years-old,” said Mark Stone, district five county supervisor and … Continue reading

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Busses hazard lights can be confusing to passing motorists, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q Metro buses flash their emergency flashers when stopped at a bus stop. I have questions and comments about this. First, is it legal? Once upon a time, emergency flashers were only to be used by distressed … Continue reading

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DMV offers free medical information cards

Each Monday, I receive a newsletter from the California Department of Motor Vehicles with a list of about three or four frequently asked questions with answers. One of the questions caught my interest:   “I recently found out I’m allergic … Continue reading

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The Amgen Tour of California is coming to town Monday.   The California Highway Patrol will serve as escorts for race participants. Officers also will work to keep local highways safe for motorists on their way to, away from and … Continue reading

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