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April 5, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Facing scrutiny after a rookie subway   driver admitted to authorities that she fell asleep at the controls before a high-speed crash last month, the Chicago Transit Authority said this week that it will impose limits on how many hours drivers can work without rest. The driver, whose name has not been officially released, was fired Friday for two significant safety violations, the agency told reporters. She was operating a Blue Line train at about 2:50 a.m. March 24 when it surged into the station at O'Hare International Airport, struck a barrier and derailed onto the passenger platform.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
August 3, 2013 | By Laura Nelson
Traffic on the Moraga Drive offramp on the northbound 405 Freeway was already backed up early Saturday - a sign of what motorists can expect over the next four months. That's how long the northbound Sunset Boulevard offramp will be closed as work continues on a freeway widening project. Moraga is the next exit after Sunset. The offramp will be closed until Dec. 1 as crews build a longer exit, which officials say will add 60% more capacity in one of the Westside's most congested intersections.
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]
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