Street Smarts


Street Smarts-Numbers favor holiday moderation

If asked which holiday has the highest frequency of alcohol-related fatalities, you would most likely and with great conviction say New Year's Eve or the Fourth of July ... but you would be wrong. It is Thanksgiving.

Street Smarts-There will always be speeders, but you don't have to be one

What a scary situation, to be pushing the brake to the floor yet knowing that you will not be able to stop in time.

Street Smarts-STREET SMARTS - Shorter days call for minimizing distractions behind wheel

We are spending more time in the darkness as the days become shorter, and the hazards of driving increase significantly. However, there are steps that we can take to ensure that we get to our destination safely.

Street Smarts-STREET SMARTS - Drivers may not understand continuous parking ordinance

People shopping downtown will periodically return to their cars and find a parking ticket for violating the "continuous parking ordinance."It is not always apparent to them why they were cited. "What did I do?"Most parking violations are easy to understan

Street Smarts-Chow time or drive time? Decision yours; risk ours

Are articles on "distracted driving" driving you to distraction?

Street Smarts-STREET SMARTS - Know the rules before you light the fuse

It is easy to become confused when trying to decide what our legal rights and obligations are concerning the discharging of fireworks. That is because the city of Walla Walla has different regulations than does College Place and Walla Walla County.

Street Smarts-STREET SMARTS - Can other drivers put their trust in you?

When I think of trust, a picture comes to mind of a baby looking up and smiling at its mother, depending on her for safety and well-being.

Street Smarts-STREET SMARTS - Police get added teeth to deal with distracted drivers

Erica Forney was just 9 years old in 2008 when she was struck head-on by a 5,000-pound SUV while riding her bike.

Street Smarts-STREET SMARTS - Simple strategies help allay risk from tailgaters

A while back I was driving on the Last Chance Road, and as I approached Highway 12, I noticed a truck headed eastbound toward Walla Walla. This truck was similar to those 24-foot moving trucks with the big box on the back.Behind the truck, not much more t

Street Smarts-When the lights come on, move over, slow down

Not many people make their living along the side of a busy roadway with traffic rushing by within a few feet of them.

Street Smarts-Drive through every neighborhood like your own

Recently, while attending a neighborhood meeting, I was reminded of an all too common lament that I've heard over the years about drivers speeding through other people's neighborhoods. I know we all agree that we want our neighborhoods to be safe for our

Street Smarts-Complacency may feel nice, but danger can lurk

As a hobbyist woodworker and amateur wood carver, I learned long ago the importance of being attentive to the task at hand.For more than 45 years I have been using a variety of power tools that demand respect, as the consequences can be painful and even l

Street Smarts-Steps can reduce driving accidents

According to Tom Vanderbilt in his book "Traffic," driving is probably the most complex everyday thing we do. It is a skill that consists of at least 1,500 "sub-skills."He makes reference to a survey of one stretch of road in Maryland found a piece of inf