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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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Murray Street Bridge may go out to bid next summer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy your column and learn from it as well. Perhaps you can provide some information as to the status of the Murray Street Bridge project. I had understood that it was to be retrofitted at … Continue reading

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Saving children from hot cars

Ever since Mother Nature turned up the thermostat, public safety advocates on the national, state and local levels have been using the media — including Street Smarts — to host education campaigns about the dangers of leaving children in vehicles … Continue reading

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Caltrans doing its part to conserve water in drought conditions

Sure we’ve been getting rain this week and a couple storms may be on the way next week but it may not be enough to ease drought concerns due to lack of rain this winter. In fact, this year is shaping … Continue reading

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When water falls from the sky, will you remember how to drive?

Weather forecasters predict that rain is in our future this week. Since we haven’t much of it and some of us may be out of practice, here are some tips to help remember wet weather road rules from the California Office of … Continue reading

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Wet weather driving tips

Rain is in the forecast for Thursday. If driving is part of your plan that day, here are some wet weather driving tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety: ◾Make sure your windshield wipers are clean and work properly. Also, clean … Continue reading

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Be safe this holiday season

Happy holidays everyone. Hope you safely celebrate with food, family and friends. If you plan to hit the road to get to day holiday celebration, keep in mind that millions of other people will be out there on the nation’s … Continue reading

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Rainy, snowy weekend driving tips

Rain and snow are in the forecast for this weekend. If you must leave the warmth of the indoors for a journey in your ride, here are some tips to follow to help get you there and back from the … Continue reading

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