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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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