Tag Archives: traffic collision

There’s good reason to stop at red lights

Several times a year, Street Smarts fields questions and/or complaints from readers shocked at the dollar amount listed on the ticket they received for rolling through a red light. Recently, a reader wrote in saying she received a ticket for … Continue reading

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Exit freeway and park in safe place to use cell phone

While out and about with the California Highway Patrol last week, we came upon a motorist who was stopped in the emergency lane along the right side of Highway 17, just before the Mount Hermon off ramp. He was waiting for … Continue reading

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Helmet use is a must for young people under age 18

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Interestingly, we had a hard time getting our 15-year-old to wear a helmet. He has been doing a lot of cycling, especially at night after being with friends. Unfortunately, a good friend was hit and injured … Continue reading

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Motorcyclists should not try to beat the heat by skimping on riding attire

When the weather warms up, more motorcyclists hit the road. It’s safer to ride when the weather is warm and the road is dry. But I’ve noticed some riders not wearing the appropriate attire for being on the road. The … Continue reading

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What should you do after you’re involved in a traffic collision?

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question about who’s at fault when one is rear-ended. My husband, who was driving, and I were stopped at a red light. We had just missed (the green light and) were stopped at … Continue reading

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Cyclist questions steps after run-in with truck on Mission Street

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was riding my bike home along the side of Mission Street, going about 15 mph, this evening in heavy traffic, which was going about 5 mph, when a truck started turning right onto another street. … Continue reading

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Where to place parking stickers on your windshield

If you live, work or go to school in an establishment that requires you to place a parking sticker on your windshield, do you know the proper place to stick it? According to the California Driver Handbook, you can place … Continue reading

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Add double-decker median divide to Highway 17, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Just north of the Santa’s Village Road exit on Highway 17, the center divide is double height for approximately one mile. Why does the rest of Highway 17 not have a similar height divider? The extra … Continue reading

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When two vehicles collide in a parking lot, what then?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’m wondering if traffic control items such as stop signs, driving direction arrows, etc., in parking lots have the ‘force of law’ behind them. They are on private property, so I’m not sure about this. This … Continue reading

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Motorcycles: Should they be seen and not heard?

What do you think about the argument that loud motorcycle is a safe motorcycle? I’ve read conversations online from bikers who say that they feel safer on a motorcycle that has a voice versus the quieter types out there on … Continue reading

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