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What to do when school bus lights flash, stop arm’s engaged but no one’s there

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Ocean Street, headed toward Highway 17, there was one of the smaller school buses a little bigger than a van parked in front of Finn’s, with its lights flashing and it’s ‘stop’ sign out. I … Continue reading

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School buses are allowed to double park to pickup, dropoff students

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I recently seen an article in your paper regarding driver’s bad behavior around schools (“Street Smarts: Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws,” March 7) and wanted to clarify a statement made in the article. The statement … Continue reading

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Dealing with school zone traffic scofflaws

In recent weeks, Street Smarts received two emails from adults concerned about the things they see drivers do around schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. While playing child chauffeur last month to help out a friend, Kelly Newman was … Continue reading

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Lompico Road closure necessary to remove tree

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live in Lompico, a community above Felton. There is a sign on lower Lompico Road just before it meets with Zayante. It states that from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be ‘delays’ on … Continue reading

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This is National School Bus Week, drive carefully

This week, Oct. 22-26, is National School Bus Safety Week. On Facebook, the California Highway Patrol posted the following factoids: The CHP looks out for the safety of the state’s students by inspecting and certifying more than 23,500 buses here … Continue reading

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National School Bus Safety Week is here

This week is National School Bus Safety Week. That means members of the California Highway Patrol will be on the lookout for motorists who are not stopping for school buses when their red lights flash. “Motorists approaching from either direction … Continue reading

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Offering a little back to school street smarts

It’s that time of year again: children are headed back to school. Below are some tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety for parents, as well as drivers on ways to keep kids safe on their trek to and … Continue reading

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The street smarts of allowing extra space between you and other road users

The California Driver Handbook instructs drivers to make sure they have plenty of room to make various movements, such as turns and lane changes. Today, Street Smarts urges motorists to follow the other part of that rule, too, and allow … Continue reading

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The different laws governing passing school buses, Metro buses

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I know the subject has been discussed before but I’m still not clear. Are the rules that apply to a city bus the same as for a school bus? If there are two lanes going in … Continue reading

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When it is OK to pass a school bus

Dear Street Smarts, Q: OK, so I have stopped behind a school bus with its red lights flashing or its swivel-out stop-sign deployed or both. Am I to remain stopped until the bus proceeds or can I stop, make sure … Continue reading

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