Tag Archives: traffic collision

Where to turn when emergency lights and sirens approach on Hwy 17

Every now and then, Street Smarts receives questions from readers who are too shy to give their name. Here’s one of them: “Just a quick question prompted by some accidents during rush-hour on 17 this past week in the rain. … Continue reading

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Curious commuter seeks traffic collision info

Dear Street Smarts, Q: So often, when I slog past a traffic accident and try not to rubberneck, I wonder what has happened. My question is: Where and/or how can I find out? Sue Broadston, Santa Cruz A: The public … Continue reading

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Reader video tapes, publishes bad driving behavior

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’ve started a YouTube channel to spread awareness about some of the unsafe driving habits in our county. I bought a dash cam, and will be recording every drive. I’ve based my channel off other YouTube … Continue reading

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A day in the life of the Santa Cruz Area CHP office

Unless you have a police scanner or have a friend or relative in law enforcement, it can be difficult to imagine what its like being out on patrol. The following is a day in the life of the Aptos CHP … Continue reading

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Cell phone crash blog topic belongs in the paper, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In regard to the blog, “Crash survivor seeks freedom from pain, nightmares, drivers yakking on cell phones,” I think this is a very important subject and this letter or an article on cell phone talking while … Continue reading

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Barrier to go up on Hwy 17 at Laurel Road today

Highway 17 commuters should leave their homes early this morning, as Caltrans plans to close off the fast lane in the southbound direction at 8 a.m. and the northbound fast lane will be shut down at 8:30 a.m., weather permitting. … Continue reading

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Pedestrian safety tips for mobility scooter users

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I follow your informative column every Monday in the Sentinel and enjoy it very much. I do have a question for you: I am a disabled senior woman who rides on a battery operated four wheel … Continue reading

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Cyclist shares crash survival story

Stop signs mean stop, so stop. When other vehicles on the road are stopped at an intersection or crosswalk for seemingly no reason, slow down and make sure they haven’t stopped for a pedestrian crossing the road. Those are just … Continue reading

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Illegal immigrant traffic offenders treated like everyone else

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is two parts: What happens when a police officer pulls over an illegal immigrant driving without a license or insurance? What happens if that person injures someone while driving without a license or insurance? … Continue reading

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AAA offers ‘Crash App’ for iphone users

Don’t know what to do after you are involved in a traffic collision? There’s an app for that. AAA has launched a free cell phone application for iPhone users to guide them through the process of collecting information from all … Continue reading

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