Tag Archives: seniors

Roundabouts work, says Santa Cruz PWD

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Drivers in Santa Cruz and those coming from outside to visit often don’t know how to enter the roundabout at the end of Pacific Avenue heading to the Main Beach. There were two incidents where I … Continue reading

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60 is not old, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think your column is a very good idea. I usually think you do a good job with it but I think you greatly missed the boat with your recent column on elderly drivers. First, 60 years … Continue reading

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Teaching older drivers to ‘Age Well, Drive Smart’

From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 9 senior drivers can learn ways to “Age Well, Drive Smart” from the CHP. Designed as an educational tool for older drivers, the program helps seniors brush up on their driving skills, refresh … Continue reading

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Seniors: When to ditch the car keys

In 1987, when my late grandma was 60, she voluntarily gave up her car keys. At that time, Jenny Kennedy Raines, who passed away last March due to heart failure, was still greatly independent and working a full-time job. Her … Continue reading

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Use extra care when driving around schools

Each school year, Street Smarts fields emails from readers telling ghastly tales about the things parents do when dropping off and picking up their students from school. This year, I am witnessing some scary things occurring around schools at the … Continue reading

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Discussing safety on Highway 17

The Santa Cruz County Traffic Operations Oversight Committee and Safe on 17 Task force will meet 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday at at the San Jose area CHP office, at 2020 Junction Ave., to discuss safety efforts along Highway 17. The group, … Continue reading

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Reporting loved ones who probably should not be driving the DMV

If you are worried about the driving capabilities of a senior loved one, there is help. You can try consulting with a senior driver Ombudsman who may want to chat with or write a letter to the driver you are … Continue reading

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Highway 1/9 intersection improvements coming down the pike

Dear Street Smarts, Q: An easy solution to a major backup northbound Highway 9 at Highway 1 can be improved by eliminating the left turn at Fern St. Paul Krug, via email A: “While closing Fern to left-turns would help … Continue reading

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RTC hosts ‘Smoother, Safer Streets Workshop’ July Thursday

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission invites the public to attend a Smoother, Safer Streets Workshop 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 12 in its conference room at 1523 Pacific Ave. The workshop will discuss a proposed ballot measure that would … Continue reading

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Fix coming to Ocean St. Ext. at Felker

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Please take a look at the road surface at the intersection of Felker Street and Ocean Street Extension. Approaching Denny’s from Graham Hill Road, is a nasty piece of roadway that has been that way for … Continue reading

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