Advertisement
 
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsMotorists
IN THE NEWS

Motorists

FEATURED ARTICLES
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.
ARTICLES BY DATE
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.
Advertisement
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Anthony Navarro worked with solemn purpose and a box of tools, stripping the old discarded bicycle of its gear shifts, brakes and chain. He cut his finger, wiped a drop of blood on his pants and kept going. "It helps me with my anger when I'm doing it," said Navarro. "It brings me some kind of inner peace. " On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Navarro's 6-year-old son, Anthony, was riding his bicycle in front of the family's Oxnard home when he was struck by a pickup truck. "The moment I saw him, I knew he was gone," said Navarro, who reeled under the weight of sudden, unbearable loss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Bob Pool
The guy who runs the street-corner gas stations at the bustling Fairfax-area intersection gets them going and coming. The filling station owner operates not one but two Chevron stations at the corner of La Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, a sight that often leaves motorists doing double takes. And that may have been Ben Pouldar's plan 15 months ago when he opened a Chevron service station right across the street from the Chevron station he already owned. "It really is incredibly weird," said Davon Williams as he gazed across the street while pumping $3.699-a-gallon unleaded into his car. "I actually saw the other Chevron station first but I was in the wrong lane to turn into it," said Williams, an actor and writer who moved to Hollywood 11 months ago from Philadelphia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The monster-evoking “Jamzilla” lane closures on the northbound 405 Freeway this weekend appear to have appropriately scared off motorists, officials said. Traffic on the freeway in the Sepulveda Pass flowed with minimal delays on Saturday and Sunday. Three of five lanes were shutdown during the day to allow for repaving and restriping. Northbound motorists experienced delays of only seven to 10 minutes, “which shows a lot of people have taken to heart our warnings about staying out of the area,” said Paul Gonzales, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Julie Cart
Authorities on Sunday night identified another motorist injured in a fatal wrong-way crash on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar. Olivia Culbreath, 21, was heading east on the westbound 60 Freeway about 4:40 a.m. when her  2013 Chevrolet Camaro collided head-on with a 1998 Ford Explorer, according to the California Highway Patrol. Witnesses told CHP officers that the Camaro was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The crash left six people dead. On Sunday night, authorities identified a man injured in a third vehicle struck by the Ford Explorer: Joel Cortez, 57, of La Puente.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Troopers and police in Atlanta on Thursday were escorting motorists back to hundreds of vehicles that were abandoned along the region's interstate system after a rare winter storm paralyzed the city in a freezing traffic gridlock that still has residents in recovery.   Across town, it was a case of “Dude, where's my car?” Officials warned that it was not yet completely safe to head back out onto the roads: subfreezing overnight temperatures dipped into the teens, leaving ice-covered roads.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|