Tag Archives: Office of Traffic Safety

Staying alive on the roads while cycling after dark, traveling this holiday season

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, please inform the bike riding public about safe biking in the dark. The night before last, I was driving on Mission Street toward Bay Street. The street was busy and full of slow moving … Continue reading

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Remember to slow down move over for roadside construction, emergency efforts

A rash of collisions involving motorists and highway and/or emergency workers has Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety are calling on drivers to be extra careful and obey the states slow down move over law. … Continue reading

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Beefed up Labor Day traffic enforcement begins Aug. 16

Expect statewide DUI checkpoints and increased law enforcement presence on the roads now through the long Labor Day weekend as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, reported the California Office of Traffic Safety. “As people … Continue reading

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Aug. 4-10 is National Stop on Red Week

In a hurry? Don’t run that red light or stop sign. It could be the death of you and/or someone else on the road. Aug. 4-10 is National Stop on Red Week and the California Office of Traffic Safety is … Continue reading

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Never leave children unattended in cars

You’re at the end of running errands on a warm, sunny day. Your baby is asleep in the back seat of your car and you need to stop at the store to quickly pick up an item before heading home. … Continue reading

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Side-by-side cycling not illegal, but there are rules to follow when doing it

The topic of bicycle riders traveling side-by-side on local roads is an ongoing discussion. Most recently, a conversation has been taking place on the blog and in the comments section after cycling related Street Smarts columns appear on the Sentinel’s … Continue reading

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Making right turns in the presence of bicycles

Dear Street Smarts, Q: If I am driving on a street that has two lanes each direction plus a bike lane in either direction. Let’s say that I am in the right hand lane and I need to make a … Continue reading

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Educating officers to crack down on drugged drivers

Drug detection experts are coming to a DUI checkpoint near you. This, as the number of drugged drivers on the road climbs, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety. Earlier this week, the agency reported 30 percent of drivers … Continue reading

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Hwy 129 ‘Safety Corridor’ on hold, traffic enforcement is not

Dear Street Smarts, Q: You may recall that I wrote to you several months ago regarding the lack of traffic enforcement on Highway 129 between Watsonville and Highway 101. On one occasion after I wrote to you, I did see … Continue reading

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Stormy weather has state issuing wet weather driving tips

Stormy weather has returned to the forecast, with wind and heavy rain expected later today and more wet stuff expected off and on over the weekend. Below are some wet weather driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: … Continue reading

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