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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Motorists should expect major traffic delays in parts of Los Angeles Sunday as an estimated 100,000 people take part in the CicLAvia bike event. CicLAvia will temporarily close 15 miles of streets to motorized vehicles from downtown to Venice. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Google Map  shows the route and crossings open to vehicles. Other information is available at www.CicLAvia.org . Parts of Alvarado, 7th and Main streets will be closed downtown. Venice Boulevard will be closed to vehicle traffic in both directions from Alvarado Street to Crenshaw Boulevard.
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OPINION
April 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Given the danger posed by drunk or reckless drivers, police should follow up on information - even information from an anonymous source - that a vehicle might be careening down a street or threatening other motorists and pedestrians. If they confirm that is the case, they should stop the vehicle. But that isn't what happened in a California case decided by the Supreme Court last week. The court's ruling makes it too easy for police to stop motorists on the basis of an anonymous tip. In 2008, a 911 dispatch team in Mendocino County received a report that a pickup truck had forced another vehicle off the road, giving rise to a concern that the driver might be drunk.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Some California motorists would see the government reach deeper into their pockets under two bills approved by state lawmakers this week. The Senate on Monday approved AB 767, which allows counties to follow the lead of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties and receive authority to double a fee for auto-theft prevention that appears on vehicle registrations. The fee could go from $1 to $2 for non-commercial vehicles and from $2 to $4 for commercial vehicles. The money is used by counties to fund their programs to “deter, investigate, and prosecute vehicle theft.” The measure would increase law enforcement funding by $19 million annually.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Since the bullets began to fly on freeways here, Taylor Stevens has stuck to the back roads. Rikki Rohret keeps her eyes on the overpasses. Behind the wheel, Joe Miller tries not to think about being an anonymous gunman's next victim. Somebody has been firing at vehicles, a serial triggerman who police warned seemed to be randomly targeting motorists, declaring his own misguided war against his fellow drivers. Since the shootings began in March, police have linked at least a dozen incidents along the network of freeways that connect this Midwestern city, which sees itself as a genteel cousin of Rome for its fountains, or Paris for its boulevards, not as some hulking U.S. city where an armed man could run amok.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The city of Los Angeles has ended its controversial red-light camera program, but motorists in the Santa Monica Mountains had better beware: Enforcement cameras are rolling on those leafy park roads. A traffic surveillance system installed at the behest of a little-known government body called the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has generated thousands of traffic citations for visitors at Franklin Canyon Park, Temescal Gateway Park and the Top of Topanga Overlook.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
 California motorists will get a slight break at the pump July 1 when the state excise tax on gasoline will be adjusted downward by 3.5 cents per gallon. The state Board of Equalization voted unanimously Tuesday to lower the tax for one year. The tax officials did so to comply with a state budget law passed in 2010, known as the "fuel tax swap. " Every year the board must jiggle the gas tax rate as part of a complex formula that's aimed at balancing revenue from per gallon excise tax on gasoline and the sales tax on the total charged to customers at filling stations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
The bike-riding extravaganza known as CicLAvia drew tens of thousands of cyclists on a route that stretched from downtown L.A. to Venice. The event drew many cheers. But there were also some jeers from motorists trying to get around. Numerous streets were closed, and that led to heavy delays, especially in downtown L.A. where several streets were subject to long backups. Some motorists vented on social media. "I get it LA trying to promote riding your bikes..but seriously?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
The early reopening of a four-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County is welcome news for motorists who have been forced to take a maze of detours along surface streets, with traffic becoming increasingly sluggish Sunday afternoon. The southbound lanes of the 405 between the 605 and 22 freeways are set to reopen at 1:45 p.m., said Sarah King, a Caltrans spokeswoman. The northbound lanes at Valley View Street will reopen at 2:45 p.m., she said. The closure has allowed workers to demolish a 50-year-old connector bridge as part of a $277-million project to link carpool lanes between the 405, 22 and 605 freeways.
NATIONAL
August 1, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
LAS VEGAS - Call it the Vegas itch. For many motorists headed here from Southern California, the obvious scratch is to gun the engine down that impossibly long incline on Interstate 15 across the Nevada border into Primm, adrenaline pumping, answering Sin City's dizzying siren call. After hours of endless desert straightaways, the garish lights of Primm are just a taste of the Strip, which shimmers just over the next ocher-colored mountain or two. Once in Nevada, the two-lane highway spills into four lanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1992 | MICHELLE QUINN
Nice drivers will get their due in Camarillo this week. Starting today, members of the Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club will cite drivers who yield unnecessarily, give right-of-way or do something noticeably considerate of other motorists or pedestrians. "It's common-sense stuff that should happen daily," said club spokesman Alan Kaluhikaua. "We just wanted the community to be aware that there are good people driving courteously this holiday season."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
All lanes of the 105 Freeway in Paramount have been closed in both directions as authorities respond to a man threatening to jump off an overcrossing. [Updated at 10:03 p.m.: All lanes have reopened, according to the California Highway Patrol. ] A SigAlert was issued around 6:30 p.m, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said. She added that it was not clear if transition roads to the nearby  710 Freeway are closed. She also said she did not know where traffic was being diverted.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | Eric Kleinsasser, guest blogger
Dear motorists of Los Angeles, On Sunday, six miles of Wilshire Boulevard will be closed to drivers so that pedestrians and cyclists can gather for another installment of CicLAvia . If previous events are any indication, the event will draw large crowds. It's understandable, I suppose. Angelenos get excited at the prospect of wandering freely along car-free streets. But many will return to their cars the next day. Not me, though. FULL COVERAGE: Sharing the road in L.A. Since I started grad school at USC a couple of years ago, my bike and I leave my room in Northeast L.A. each morning and join the ranks of commuters pulsing through the streets of downtown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Spencer Davis was chatting up tourists on the Venice boardwalk when police officers pulled up in front of his display of plastic alien heads. Had Davis seen a man threatening people with a chain saw, they asked? "Not today," he quipped with a smile, assuming that the officers were joking. Then he turned around and saw police officers, their guns drawn, with a man holding a chain saw. "Just when you think you've seen it all…" Davis said. For all the gentrification, designer homes and tourist attractions, Venice is still that kind of place - where artists, the homeless, Silicon Beach hipsters, surfers, inline skaters and tourists come together along a circus-like boardwalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | By Anh Do
A motorist was killed early Sunday in a hit-and-run crash on an off-ramp of the 10 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. The accident occurred about 6:20 a.m. on the Western Avenue offramp, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi. The unidentified male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The freeway offramp was shut down for about an hour as coroner officials removed the body, Polizzi said. No information was immediately available about the driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
GOLDEN, Colo. - The instructions seemed simple enough: nine steps forward, heel to toe, a quick turnaround, then nine steps back. But for the guy swaying a bit as he walked, his face slack, his eyes half closed, it was all too much. He made the nine steps forward and stopped, forgetting what came next. "Wait. What?" Colorado State Trooper Jason Morales dutifully marked it down in his report, just as he had a few minutes earlier when the suspect closed his eyes and tilted his head back to guess the passage of 30 seconds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Steve Apostolof had a frown on his face as he drove past Happy Face Hill. The hillside features a 150-foot-wide smiley face that was created in 1998 by a man armed with a weed-whacker and a sprayer of herbicide. Since then, it has become something of a curiosity piece that welcomes motorists on the 118 Freeway to Simi Valley. But in the January dusk, Apostolof couldn't see Happy Face Hill, let alone its enormous grin. "With the sun setting early, the hill was pitch-black," Apostolof said of his trip home from work.
NEWS
October 14, 1993 | Associated Press
Several motorists apparently mistook a hit-and-run victim for a prankster or a Halloween dummy, driving over or around the dying man as he lay in the street, police said. John Farone, 29, of Ocala, Fla., died at a hospital Tuesday. Farone was hit by a car that kept on going, sheriff's deputies said. Pedestrians watched helplessly as several more cars ran over or around Farone before they could get to him.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
So what'll it take to get drivers behind the wheel of an American car? That's the $20,000 (or more) question after President Obama leaned on Detroit this week to start churning out leaner, meaner and hybrid-happy vehicles as the antidote to plunging sales and financial catastrophe. Judging from conversations with several dozen drivers at gas stations around town Tuesday, most people want the U.S. auto industry to succeed.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
 California motorists will get a slight break at the pump July 1 when the state excise tax on gasoline will be adjusted downward by 3.5 cents per gallon. The state Board of Equalization voted unanimously Tuesday to lower the tax for one year. The tax officials did so to comply with a state budget law passed in 2010, known as the "fuel tax swap. " Every year the board must jiggle the gas tax rate as part of a complex formula that's aimed at balancing revenue from per gallon excise tax on gasoline and the sales tax on the total charged to customers at filling stations.
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.
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