Tag Archives: transportation

New traffic laws for 2015

Welcome to 2015. Here are new traffic laws that aim to make roads safer for drivers and limousine passengers: Driver license eligibility for undocumented U.S. residents — Beginning Jan. 2, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will issue driver licenses … Continue reading

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Handling tailgaters

Tailgaters are annoying. When one is riding my back bumper, I get out of their way as soon as possible. I mention this because there’s a story out of Auburn in which a couple of young women were traveling on … Continue reading

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Reader questions road rules for pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Hardly a day goes by that I don’t come across an individual or group walking down the middle of a street or on the wrong side facing oncoming traffic. I understand when there is no sidewalk, … Continue reading

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Headlight rule needs repeating, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In your recent column, you wrote about some safety tips. I wish you would repeat one of them. You stated, “Turn on your headlights when it’s rainy, gloomy, foggy or overcast.” I am appalled at how … Continue reading

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Transportation projects on hold due to rain

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Do you have any information as to why the city of Santa Cruz has not yet striped either Laurel Street or Western Drive? The paving on both was finished by mid-November and it has now been … Continue reading

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Talking tire safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Good points [in Monday’s column on wet weather driving tips]. One of the most critical points was missed — tires. Tires without sufficient tread or tires that are too old and have become hard will easily … Continue reading

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Improperly placed neighborhood traffic calming signs may be hazardous

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A neighbor on Wesley Street in Capitola had one of those brightly colored plastic turtle signs asking drivers to slow down. It was placed a little farther out in the street than the parked cars. One … Continue reading

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Using the East Cliff Drive bike path

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The portion of East Cliff Drive, from the new Pleasure Point Park eastward has a designated bike lane striped and marked one way east. Why wasn’t it stripped for two way bike riding as was Beach … Continue reading

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Child passenger safety during holiday travel season

The holiday travel season is upon us and millions of people will load their families into their cars and hitting the road to visit loved ones or escape from crazy, busy lives. Last week, Street Smarts published an interview with … Continue reading

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Kids belong in car seat not laps, pt. 2

When I drive in my car, I am shocked to see people holding youngsters in their laps in cars as well as youths about 10 years old sitting in the front seat next to mom or dad. These are dangerous … Continue reading

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