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January 26, 2013 | Steve Lopez
I got into a minor fender-bender once near downtown Los Angeles and suggested to the other driver that we pull off the highway and deal with the matter on a safer city street. She said OK, then disappeared. Was she uninsured, or maybe unlicensed? It wouldn't be surprising. A national study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that unlicensed drivers are much more likely to leave the scene of an accident. And the California Department of Motor Vehicles recently reported that unlicensed drivers are three times as likely to cause a fatal crash as licensed drivers.
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NEWS
September 26, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
When a doctor warns a potentially dangerous driver to stay off the roads, it cuts the risk that the driver will crash a motor vehicle and wind up in an emergency room, Canadian researchers reported Wednesday. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine , the team looked through patient data from drivers in Ontario who were older than 18 and had a valid national health card number and found that 100,075 had received warnings not to drive from 6,098 doctors between April 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2009.  The "typical patient," the authors wrote, was a 60-year-old man who lived in a city and had several outpatient clinic visits the previous year.  Nearly all of the drivers who received warnings not to drive -- 95% -- had received at least one of the 20 most common diagnoses (conditions including fainting and dizziness, dementia, alcoholism and stroke)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County bus drivers say they are regularly becoming ill - sometimes while behind the wheel - from pesticides sprayed inside their vehicles by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. At least 14 Metro drivers are pursuing workers' compensation claims, and more than 110 have signed a petition that demands a halt to the spraying, according to their attorney. Some operators are on medical leave, and a few say they have left Metro because of repeated exposure. "You can be driving your bus and get hit with the symptoms," said Frank Portillo, a 23-year coach operator who retired in March, sooner than planned, because of medical issues he believes are pesticide related.
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.
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Drivers in their early 20s planning a trip home for the holidays can skip the age-based fees on their next rental from Hertz. The company will waive its young renter fee, which usually costs up to $25 a day.   The deal: The offer is good for 20- to 24-year-old drivers at Hertz corporate locations, that is, airports in, for example, Los Angeles and San Francisco. To get this deal, use the promotion code 144314 when making reservations online or by phone.   When: The offer is good through Jan. 31.   Tested: I went online and checked availability at LAX for a rental car Dec. 2-5. The estimated quote showed a price of $31.49 a day and included $45 in young renter fees for the three-day rental.
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?
SPORTS
August 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
When he watches a NASCAR race on television, Greg Scott feels his heart sink if smoke suddenly billows from the cars of Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin or some other Toyota drivers. The smoke usually means one of Toyota's engines blew up from the enormous stress placed on the power plants. "I take it hard," Scott says. "I don't feel good at all. " That's because Scott helps build the motors at Toyota's engine plant in Costa Mesa. But when his drivers win "it's exhilarating," said Scott, a 16-year veteran of Toyota Racing Development.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
As rain fell on Los Angeles on Wednesday, authorities warned drivers to beware of slick roads and to give themselves more time to reach their destinations. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a notice Wednesday reminding drivers that the first rain of the season causes oils on the road "to come to the surface and cars to slide and crash. " As of 11:45 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said there were two SigAlerts in effect for the Los Angeles area: one on the northbound 2 Freeway to the westbound 134 Freeway, the another on the southbound 710 Freeway near Del Amo Boulevard.  The National Weather Service in Oxnard predicted scattered showers in the region throughout Wednesday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.  "Most areas will probably get around a tenth of an inch or less," said weather service meteorologist Scott Sukup.
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