Tag Archives: traffic ticket

How fast do you drive when there’s no speed limit sign for guidance?, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I received a speeding ticket on Highway 17. I was definitely going over the speed limit, but I thought just 5 mph over. I thought the speed limit was 65 in the area where I was … Continue reading

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The anatomy of posting a speed limit

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am just curious. Do you get a lot of complaints regarding the illogical speed limit of 25 mph on Capitola Road in front of the Capitola DMV? I recently was issued a ticket here and … 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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CHP officers should pull their ‘victim’ off freeway to ease rubbernecking, stop and go traffic, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have a question I would love for you to pose to your contacts at the California Highway Patrol. Why in God’s name must they make their traffic stops on the highway? This always results in … Continue reading

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CHP held to task regarding headlight-less drivers

Last week, Street Smarts ran a letter from a reader requesting that the California Highway Patrol make extra effort to cite motorists who are driving in the rain without their headlights on, as required by a two-year-old law. The CHP … Continue reading

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Traffic fine for red light runners not set by city of Capitola

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I rolled a traffic light on 41st Avenue, the light that doesn’t serve any cross traffic since it’s there just for shoppers to turn into the mall. I did not come to a full stop and … Continue reading

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Ticketing non-headlight users in the rain not always possible, CHP says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Well Ramona, it looks like a losing battle . My rant and your column didn’t seem to change much. Remember ‘headlights and rain?’ Sounds like a country western song but people still aren’t turning them on. … Continue reading

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How do you fight a red light camera ticket, have the fine reduced?, readers ask

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A while back you did an article about a woman who got a ticket from the photo police after stopping and then making a right turn. My husband is going through the same problem. I cannot … Continue reading

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The Street Smarts of ‘Fix-it-tickets’

If you are ever pulled over by a law enforcement officer and given a citation because there is something wrong with your vehicle, such as broken tail light, dark window tint or missing registration tags, chances are that citation is … Continue reading

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Why the CHP writes tickets

Street Smarts is open to guest columnists. Today‚Äôs submission is from California Highway Patrol Officer Sarah Jackson, spokesperson for the Aptos area office. Her topic hopes to dispel the common thinking that officers write tickets to generate revenue for local … Continue reading

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