Tag Archives: traffic safety

Protecting cyclists, skunks from cars

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am not really satisfied with [the city’s response last week to the question regarding the safety issue along Soquel Avenue between Branciforte and Ocean Street]. Have you been to the area described? The only thing … Continue reading

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Piggy back crash caught on camera

I drove by this crash yesterday morning on Highway 85 near the DeAnza exit in Cupertino. I imagine the driver of the Corvette was distracted and did not notice traffic up ahead had stopped. Can you imagine being the driver of … Continue reading

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Neighborhood seeks help putting rude parents in line during afterschool pick-ups

Street Smarts received an email from a reader seeking help in dealing with parents behaving badly in neighborhood near a school while picking up their children in the afternoons. No doubt, this scenario plays out in many neighbors of schools across the county … Continue reading

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Distracted driving, cell phone use behind the wheel means less brain power for driving

Recently, Street Smarts received a letter from a reader who wanted to spread the word about the dangers of tailgating and, more specifically, driving while texting and/or talking on cell phones – even while using hands-free capabilities. You see, she … Continue reading

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Traffic safety group to set new to-do list in February

The Community Traffic Safety Coalition is trying to narrow down and prioritize its list of projects for the next two years. Ideas being considered are: Revive the coalition’s membership, plus use more web and/or email-based participation; Feature a law enforcement, … Continue reading

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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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Safe on State Route-129 Corridor on hold, CHP says

Anyone who has ever had their bank put a hold on their account and not allow them to touch the money in it should be able to identify with a dilemma faced by the California Highway Patrol’s Aptos office. In … Continue reading

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Pay your traffic fine online

Traffic violators, did you know that you can pay your citation online via the Department of Motor Vehicle’s Web site? Simply go to www.dmv.ca.gov and click on “More Online Services.” Now, scroll down to “Traffic Payment,” click it and then … Continue reading

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County gets $224K grant to improve traffic safety

The county’s roads are about to be a safer place for bicyclists, pedestrians, and child passengers countywide. In September, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency was awarded a $224,009 grant from the Office of Traffic Safety to run programs … Continue reading

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Simple words of wisdom

“Driving is not about how fast you can go. Rather, it’s about how quickly you can stop in an emergency,” Officer Hugh Holden, a traffic collision investigator with the California Highway Patrol’s Aptos office. Speed is the number one contributor … Continue reading

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