Tag Archives: traffic hazard

The different laws governing passing school buses, Metro buses

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I know the subject has been discussed before but I’m still not clear. Are the rules that apply to a city bus the same as for a school bus? If there are two lanes going in … Continue reading

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‘Driver’s Yoga’ teaches motorists to become one with their ride, be better drivers

When you drive, does your mind wander? Instead of paying attention to the road, you start thinking about things that happened the previous day, your to-do list for today and the people in your life. That’s called distracted driving and … Continue reading

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Potholes to be filled, road repaired this summer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have enclosed some photos taken Sunday, March 14th on Old County Road in Ben Lomond, off of Hillside (one of the photos appears here in Street Smarts). I hope you can see that this road … Continue reading

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April dedicated to helping drivers pay attention to the road

April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month and your fellow road users want you to put down your cell phone, burrito, mascara and dog, and focus all your attention on the safe operation of your motor vehicle. Check out this You … Continue reading

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Driving is an art in which the artist must stay within the lines

Dear Street Smarts, Q: How much leeway do drivers have about following the direction of right, left, and straight arrows at intersections? I have always thought that they had to be obeyed no matter what, and if you discovered you … Continue reading

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Zayante Road slipout repairs may happen this summer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: During the last storm, a huge chunk of East Zayante Road near our home collapsed and now that portion of the road is only one lane. The county placed an 8,000 lb concrete barrier around the … Continue reading

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When it is OK to pass a school bus

Dear Street Smarts, Q: OK, so I have stopped behind a school bus with its red lights flashing or its swivel-out stop-sign deployed or both. Am I to remain stopped until the bus proceeds or can I stop, make sure … Continue reading

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Where’s the stripe?

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The Capitola Public Works Department did get the bike lane and the fog lines painted on Hill Street between Bay and Capitola avenues. I am grateful for that. However, they have not put a stripe down … Continue reading

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41st Avenue in need of restriping, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live close to 41st Avenue and last year the City of Capitola removed the concrete island in the middle of the bridge, added a new lane heading towards the mall, and repainted the striping. The … Continue reading

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Aptos Pines resident seeks relief from school-bound traffic on Freedom Boulevard

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am a resident at the Aptos Pines Mobile Home Park at 7515 Freedom Boulevard in Aptos. Every morning when Aptos High School is in session, the traffic going into the school blocks access to our … Continue reading

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