Tag Archives: Public safety

Challenges of enforcing speed law on Mission Street, pt. 2

Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column is a second installment from Ken Black, who retired from the Santa Cruz Police Department after more than 25 years of service; 18 years of those were spent as a motorcycle patrol officer. Now … Continue reading

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Readers sound off about signal lights at Soquel Dr. and Dover/Mattison

On Monday, Street Smarts printed a letter from a reader seeking change at the intersection of Soquel Drive at Dover Drive and Mattison Lane. There are two traffic signals in close proximity there and drivers get confused about which one … Continue reading

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Hands-free bill update awaits governor’s decision

A bill that would raise the traffic fine for violating cell phone laws is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Senate Bill 28 arrived there Monday after the state Senate voted last week 23 to 13 to pass it. Brown … Continue reading

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Hwy 1/Salinas Road overpass construction hits a detour

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Can you tell me why the project to fix the Highway 1 at Salinas Road. south of Watsonville intersection has stopped? It’s been months now since I’ve seen any work being done there. Sheryl Loomis via … Continue reading

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Sharing the road with emergency responders

The hot weather and recent July 4th holiday weekend mean people are out and about enjoying our natural resources. But sometimes they get into trouble and emergency responders are called in to help. But something that may be hampering their … Continue reading

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Health advocate urges calm when dealing with other road users, safety issues

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your column and blog has recently hosted a string of letters and comments regarding negative interactions between bicyclists, motorists, pedestrians, and wheelchair users. I would like to step back and give some big-picture perspective to the … Continue reading

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Mt. Hermon road drainage issue solved, county says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: For months now, there has been a steady stream of water rushing on rainy days, and running even when it’s been dry, off the hillside and across Mt. Hermon Road heading toward Felton, just short of … Continue reading

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Sidewalk safety improvements coming near south county’s Lakeview Middle School

Last week’s guest column from Karena Pushnik of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation commission garnered many responses from readers seeking information regarding sidewalk safety hazards. One such complaint was in regard to the lack of a sidewalk for students … Continue reading

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Child passenger safety help from AAA, local agencies

AAA of Northern California will help parents ensure the safety of their young children by hosting free child safety seat and booster seat inspections. Motor vehicle crashes are the top killers of children age four and up, as children are … Continue reading

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The anatomy of posting a speed limit

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am just curious. Do you get a lot of complaints regarding the illogical speed limit of 25 mph on Capitola Road in front of the Capitola DMV? I recently was issued a ticket here and … Continue reading

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