Tag Archives: Traffic collisions

Cyclists: take the traffic lane, choose alternate route at Soquel from B40 to Ocean

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Once again, I am writing to ask why there is no bicycle lane from the Branciforte Street intersection with Soquel Avenue to Ocean Street. Bicyclists are forced to ride on the sidewalk, risk their lives, and … Continue reading

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Roundabout is neighborhood’s canvas, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: There is a roundabout at the intersection of King and Baldwin that is so ugly, it’s sinful. Many cars have hit it. The concrete border has evidence of this. The plants are dead or dying. I … Continue reading

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When water falls from the sky, will you remember how to drive?

Weather forecasters predict that rain is in our future this week. Since we haven’t much of it and some of us may be out of practice, here are some tips to help remember wet weather road rules from the California Office of … Continue reading

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Nighttime cycling dangerous, lights required

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know if it is the recent change in time or what but lately, I am noticing more and more bike riders at dusk — and just beyond — riding without adequate lights on their … 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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Remember to slow down move over for roadside construction, emergency efforts

A rash of collisions involving motorists and highway and/or emergency workers has Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the Office of Traffic Safety are calling on drivers to be extra careful and obey the states slow down move over law. … Continue reading

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Video urges drivers to obey traffic laws

The Chicago-based Traffic Safety Coalition has released a new video urging motorists to stop at red lights. The video, “Victims of Red Light Running: More than Statistics,” features several people from around the country talking about loved ones ripped from … Continue reading

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Crashes involving large trucks means death for those in the other vehicle

Fact from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Passengers in vehicles involved in crashes with large trucks are more likely to die as a result on that collision. “In 2011, 3,757 people were killed in motor-vehicle crashes involving a large … Continue reading

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Transportation grant aims to save lives

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency is the recipient of $120,000 in grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant funding will greatly enhance our work with collaborative partners in public safety, schools and community-based groups … Continue reading

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Read Street Smarts, put down the cell phone and drive, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for your dedication to what might seem like a boring assignment but you provide a very important service. Too bad more people aren’t reading – I try to read all of them – because it … Continue reading

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