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AUTOS
June 3, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Who is your worst critic when you are driving? A new poll by Insurance.com says that spouses are the worst, most critical backseat drivers. Moms and friends are next in line. “Getting there isn't always half the fun,” said Insurance.com managing editor Michelle Megna. “Micromanagement from the backseat critics can turn a scenic drive into a battle of wills.” Given the fact that the poll of 500 drivers ages 18 and older, conducted earlier this year, found children to be the least offending passengers, the poll may also be showing something else, too. Electric car comparison test: EV specifications Maybe drivers love their space and their own techniques a little too much.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hundreds of local taxicabs will drive in circles around Los Angeles City Hall during morning rush hour Tuesday to protest what they call "high-tech bandit cabs. " The protest, scheduled for 9 a.m., targets smartphone apps that allow users to summon a car with the touch of a screen. Taxi companies and  city officials say the app companies have not obtained the proper permits and are operating illegally. On Monday, city taxicab administrator Thomas Drischler sent cease-and-desist letters to app companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, telling them drivers could be arrested on misdemeanor offenses and cars could be impounded for up to 30 days if they did not stop operating.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2010 | By Dan Simmons
For about 11 miles, the two truckers dueled recklessly down Chicago-area expressways, swerving in front of each other and riding each other's bumpers. Then one of them barked into his CB radio: "Let's do it!" With that, they pulled over and began a fistfight that ended when one allegedly plunged a buck knife into the other three times. David Seddon of Racine, Wis., has been charged with first-degree murder. Several truckers said they didn't find the Jan. 15 incident surprising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2010 | Steve Lopez
If you happen to be one of the countless numbskulls out there who text while driving and talk on cellphones without hands-free devices, too distracted to know red from green or fast from slow, I've got news for you, Cookie. LAPD traffic officer Kamaron Sardar is going to get you. He's observant. He's motivated. He's good. And I am going to cheer him on. I was not exactly deputized, but on the theory that four eyes are better than two, I went out last week with Sardar to catch annoyingly distracted drivers, and you know who you are. Did you not get the memo, nearly TWO YEARS AGO, that it's illegal to talk on a phone without a hands-free device?
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Robert Greene
Los Angeles actor Michael Shen notes that he and his wife have talked about getting bikes. But as he looks out his car window at L.A. traffic, he makes it clear: “I would never cycle with the drivers out here, to be perfectly honest.” Shen is one of millions of drivers in Southern California who for years had the streets to themselves, at least psychically. Of course there have always been bike riders on the road. But their burgeoning numbers over the last few years have made some drivers more careful, some defensive and some downright angry.
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Reporting from Hollywood, Fla. -- Drunk or impaired drivers cause plenty of problems on the nation's roadways. And, according to the first study of its kind, a frightening number of drivers are not fit to drive.   Researchers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and two other institutions set out to randomly sample drivers' sobriety in the 2007 U.S. National Roadside Survey. Authorities stopped drivers at 300 locations in 48 states during four periods on Friday and Saturday nights.
NEWS
December 22, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Obese drivers are more likely to die in a serious car wreck than drivers of normal weight, a new study says. Researchers at the University at Buffalo in New York examined drivers' body sizes and the number of car crash deaths between 2000 and 2005 from data in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The study calculated an increased risk factor of dying at 21% for moderately obese drivers and 56% for morbidly obese drivers. The lead researcher says crash test dummies that are obese might help.
AUTOS
June 18, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Most American drivers say they've been burned more than once by their GPS navigation systems, according to a new survey commissioned by Michelin. In the online survey of 2,200 drivers, 63% reported being taken off track an average of 4.4 times since starting to use global positioning systems. Younger adults between 18 and 34 said they'd been given wrong directions 6.3 times. An unfortunate 7% of motorists were misdirected more than 10 times. The fallibility of GPS systems is “something that we all kind of think [is true]
BUSINESS
September 4, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Like many Southern California residents, I resisted ever hailing a taxi. The region's traffic and sprawl hinted at exorbitant fares. Figuring out whom to call and then waiting on hold to order a cab added to my reluctance. But now with a smartphone, I've found ordering a taxi has actually become inviting. Anxious waits have been eliminated because you can track a taxi's journey to you on a digital map. Estimating fares, paying them, leaving tips and getting receipts can all be completed through an app. People who avoid taxis because they consider them scary or their drivers frustrating also have easy smartphone options.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Last year, carpool lanes on a portion of the 110 Freeway were converted to toll lanes. Preliminary data show average travel speeds have increased in the lanes formerly reserved for carpoolers, but traffic has slowed on the rest of the freeway. So for solo drivers paying up to $15.40 per trip, the new toll lanes are providing a faster commute. More than 135,000 motorists have purchased FasTrak transponders since the toll lanes opened. Officials have collected more than $3 million in tolls along an 11-mile stretch of the Harbor Freeway, south of downtown.
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