Tag Archives: Santa Cruz Police

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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Fix traffic light at Mission, King, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Variation on an old joke: How many Caltrans traffic engineers does it take to screw up a traffic light? One recent Thursday at 2:30 p.m., I waited through four light cycles on King at Mission streets. … Continue reading

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Pedestrian safety tips from the Santa Cruz Police Department

Hanging out around town is fun. The Santa Cruz Police Department teamed up with its friends at Hope Services to produce a video that aims to keep people safe while they’re out and about on foot. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xLl-OtlOvU&feature=uploademail.

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Left turn OK from Mission Street

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live on Grover Lane, a small one-way street with the only access off Mission Street via Towne Terrace. Prior to the repaving of Mission Street, the double yellow line on Mission was broken to allow … Continue reading

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Yield to the blind at all times

Dear Street Smarts, Q: According to the California Driver Handbook, “pedestrians using canes must be given the right of way at all times.” The other day, we were driving north on Front Street and saw a pedestrian with a white … Continue reading

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SCPD rounding up volunteers to help prioritize traffic complaints

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A few weeks ago you had a column on how bicycle riders are riding safer and abiding by the rules more than ever. Well, I disagree with this survey. I’ve done my own survey in the … Continue reading

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Red light running not allowed, even if the traffic signal doesn’t ‘see’ you, police say

Every now and then I get letters from readers wanting to know what they can do about red lights that never seem to recognize their vehicle. One reader asked if he could “run” the light, as long as there was … Continue reading

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Traffic light issue or red light runners?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’ve noticed that the timing of the green/red lights at this intersection has been off for the last few weeks. Every time I am at a stop on Water at Ocean streets, going north toward the … Continue reading

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Something needs to be done about speeders on N. Branciforte Avenue, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We have been living on North Branciforte Avenue for about a year. Being familiar with the area for some time, we kept in mind that, while residential, it is a busy street. Our concern since living … Continue reading

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Never too early or late to learn good driving skills

Today’s Street Smarts column is dedicated to improving traffic safety awareness among older and teen drivers. It’s dangerous to be an senior or young driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, 13 percent of this country’s … Continue reading

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