Tag Archives: seat belts

Child passenger safety during holiday travel season

The holiday travel season is upon us and millions of people will load their families into their cars and hitting the road to visit loved ones or escape from crazy, busy lives. Last week, Street Smarts published an interview with … Continue reading

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Revisiting disabled parking question, road trip travel tips for parents

Streets Smarts wants to follow up on a couple recent columns. First, in regard to Monday’s letter from a reader questioning the disabled parking spot in front of an apartment building which the disabled person who lives there does not … Continue reading

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Third row seat belt issue prompts recall of 7K 2014 Toyota Highlanders

Toyota is recalling 7,067 certain model year 2014 Highlander vehicles  because the third row middle seat belt assembly may fail, increasing the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash. The recall claims the seat belt may … Continue reading

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CHP uses grant to provide seat belt, child safety seat education

The CHP will be putting a traffic safety grant to use to save lives through child safety seat and seat belt education and outreach. While California boasts a 97.4 percent compliance rate with its seat belt law, people are still dying … Continue reading

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Panhandling behavior along median will take time to change, SCPD says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I see the new No Panhandling Signs are up now — good job. But I have noticed they do not discourage people from still pan handling. What’s next? I also wonder what happens ‘when’, not ‘if’, … Continue reading

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Free child seat installation at Aptos/La Selva Fire Sept. 28

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Parking near schools is an issue on Redwood Drive in Boulder Creek, too. The back of Boulder Creek Elementary School butts up against the man’s home I caregive for. He feels extremely unsafe, as parents drive through … Continue reading

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The danger factor in being a road user

Dear Street Smarts, Q: While I agree with Monday’s letter submitter that ultimately it’s people ignoring traffic laws rather than their mode of transportation, I do have issues with the writers argument: A person operating a big rig ignoring 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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Click It or Ticket campaign ramps up this week

Memorial Day weekend is days away and AAA of Northern California estimates that 3.5 million people will drive to their destination of 50 miles or more. If you plan to be among them, know that the CHP and more than … Continue reading

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Parking in the CVS/Trader Joe’s lot means a big tow bill, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I had my car towed last Saturday night from the parking lot behind Trader Joe’s and CVS. I was parked on the Front Street side in the last row by the street. It cost me $391.48 … Continue reading

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