Tag Archives: traffic hazards

Facebook group pays tribute to the dangers of Highway 17

One of the newest groups on Facebook is geared toward our very own Highway 17. “Not Crashing on Highway 17” was started on Feb. 22 because, as its creators says, not “many people are fans of crashing” on that winding, … Continue reading

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Are snow tires good enough?

The storm that is supposed to bring wind and rain to our area this weekend is also expected to dump snow on the Sierras. Now, some of you may be thinking about loading up your car with skis, snowboards, sleds, … Continue reading

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Update to Miramar Drive, Mission Street striping project

Street Smarts has learned that a striping project planned for Miramar Drive at Mission Street will happen sooner than later. “It looks like the striping is happening this week, if it hasn’t already happened,” said Chris Schneiter, civil engineer. In … Continue reading

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AARP offers classes for senior drivers

In coming days and weeks, senior citizens can brush up on the rules of the road, learn how aging impacts their driving abilities and save up to 10 percent on their car insurance by signing up for driver education classes … Continue reading

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What can motorcycles do and not do?

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am wondering what all the current rules and laws are for motorcycles. I am constantly being passed on two-way streets by motorcycles in the bike lanes or on the left side, and in many cases … Continue reading

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Cell phone laws have not lowered crash rate, study says

What do you think about a recently released study that found that cell phone laws haven’t done a thing to reduce traffic collisions?   The Highway Loss Data Institute compared insurance claims for crash damage in four U.S. jurisdictions before … Continue reading

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Cycling outside the bike lane

When is it OK for bicyclists to leave the bike lane? The following rule of the road for cyclists comes from California Vehicle Code section 21208 (a). According to the code, whenever a bike lane is present, cyclists traveling slower … Continue reading

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Follow-up on Mission Street crosswalk

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your January 11th column, Jennifer Cherk presented an astute analysis of the dysfunction of the pedestrian signals on Mission Street. In response, you quote Caltrans traffic engineer Dario Senor as saying, “It is very important … Continue reading

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Lane configuration is confusing, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Concerning the new light at Mission Street and Miramar Drive, while heading toward Safeway on Miramar, there are two lanes marked on the street but neither lane has directional markings, such as left, straight, right. Has … Continue reading

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Police officer causes traffic jam near already congested Harvey West, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Saturday, Dec. 19, I was heading up River Street towards Costco around noon and the traffic was backed up almost to Outdoor World. I thought it was just Christmas shopping traffic until I finally got … Continue reading

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