Tag Archives: traffic signal

Traffic light holds way too long, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I wanted to report an awfully long light in the early morning hours at Soquel and 17th avenues. I have waited at that light as long as three minutes. I completely avoid it now and take … 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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Red light running not allowed, even if the traffic signal doesn’t ‘see’ you, police say

Every now and then I get letters from readers wanting to know what they can do about red lights that never seem to recognize their vehicle. One reader asked if he could “run” the light, as long as there was … Continue reading

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Traffic light issue or red light runners?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’ve noticed that the timing of the green/red lights at this intersection has been off for the last few weeks. Every time I am at a stop on Water at Ocean streets, going north toward the … Continue reading

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Traffic light at intersection of Hwy 9, Encinal doesn’t recognize bicycles, rider says

Dear Street Smarts, Q:I have a question about Encinal Street and Highway 9 at the Tannery. I bike through the mentioned intersection several times a week and usually have to get off my bike to push a (pedestrian crossing) button … Continue reading

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Left turn lights along 17th Avenue are more flexible now

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The left turn signal on 17th Avenue headed north, which allows access to Brommer Street or Capitola Road, only allows you to turn if you have arrived at a certain time before the light changes. Very … Continue reading

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Short signal light at Water and Ocean streets lengthened

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have been frustrated with the left hand turn signal from Water Street onto Ocean Street for some time. I make that turn several times a week at approximately 5:30 p.m. There are usually four-to-six cars waiting … Continue reading

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County, traffic safety groups to study pedestrians, motorists interaction

If you feel like someone is watching you while you drive or walk to your destination later this month, you may be right. In collaboration with the Community Traffic Safety Coalition and its South County Bicycle and Pedestrian Work Group, … Continue reading

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What’s up with the timing of that traffic light?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was wondering if anyone else is frustrated in attempting to make a left turn onto Ocean Street from Water Street, heading toward Soquel Avenue. The light only allows about two cars through at a time. … Continue reading

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Reader questions his red light violation in Capitola

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was recently cited by the Capitola traffic camera when I was making a right turn from 41st Avenue onto Clares Street. I came to a complete stop on 41st and proceeded to make a right … Continue reading

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