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Rain in the forecast, are you and your car ready?

Rain, or at least some sort of precipitation is a possibility these next few days. Motorists, are you ready? Below are some tips to follow before, during and after a wet weather occurrence tips from the California Office of Traffic … Continue reading

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Teen seat belt use at all time high

Seat belt use among teens has reached record proportions, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. In the past two years, teen seat belt use has jumped from 94 percent in 2010 to 96.1 percent this year, a number … 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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Street Smarts not quite so fair, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ramona–you were doing well with this article (“Us vs. them,” Monday, June 25) until you laid all the blame on motorists: ‘Even if it is perceived that “the other guy” is being inconsiderate, try to be … 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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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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OTS traffic collision database shows local roads dangerous for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians

The California Office of Traffic Safety has updated its database aimed at helping local jurisdictions traffic road safety. The database, which covers years 2006-10, shows that local roads are getting safer for all users but more work needs to be … Continue reading

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Cops to be on the lookout for zombie drivers next month, Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Come April 1, law enforcement agencies across the state will be on the lookout for distracted, “zombie-like” drivers. April is designated National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the CHP, Sen. Joe Simitian, Caltrans, the Office of Traffic Safety will be … 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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