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November 8, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Texting and driving? It's against the law in 39 states - including California - but that hasn't stopped many of us from reaching for the phone while we're on the road. About 100,000 people are texting and driving at any given moment, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And more than 1 million accidents this year have been caused by distracted drivers, many of them while texting. Still, the chime of a new text message is enticing and the urge to look at it is almost Pavlovian.
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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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of taxicabs inched around Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday morning, horns blaring in unison, to protest against a trio of so-called high-tech bandit taxi companies that let smartphone users summon a car with the swipe of a finger. Lyft, Sidecar and Uber provide iPhone and Android apps that connect drivers with people who need a ride, either in a town-car-like vehicle or a private car paid for with a "donation" rather than a fare. Use of the apps, often marketed as a cheaper, more casual alternative to taxis, has rapidly gained popularity in Los Angeles - except with city officials, who say the cars used for rides operate illegally, outside the city's background check, inspection and insurance processes.
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.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
DARRINGTON, Wash. - Before the catastrophic landslide killed at least 24 people and severed the main highway out of town, it took about 30 minutes to drive from this mountain community west to Arlington. Now that State Route 530 is blocked by debris up to 70 feet high - including mangled cars compacted to the size of small refrigerators - it can take three hours. Aside from a lengthy northern detour, intrepid drivers can use Mountain Loop Highway, a harrowing, rutted road that saves an hour but can take at least that much time off your life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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