A new Washington State distracted driving law bans the use of handheld devices while behind the wheel, even if stopped at a red light.
The new law goes into effect on July 23, 2017 and will be considered a primary offense that can be put on a driver’s permanent driving record.
“I think it’s a good move personally because cellphones are a big part of our lives and everyone feels the need to be connected,” said District 6 Trooper Camron Iverson. “The current law doesn’t address the issue of other social applications, communication on cell phones go way beyond talking and texting."
Governor Jay Inslee signed the measure into law in May but vetoed a section that had the distracted driving rule taking effect in 2019 inmore »
Last Wednesday, a voice vote took place amongst a panel of U.S. House members resulting in the approval of a proposal which will allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles. According to details of the proposal, automakers will not be required to meet existing auto safety standards. The bill would also prohibit states from regulating the mechanical, software and safety systems of autonomous cars.
The legislation had bipartisan support from both Republican and Democratic leaders after Republicans accepted Democratic proposals for provisions to strengthen safety oversight of self-driving vehicles by federal means.
"Today’s markup represents the most significantmore »
Most U.S. drivers will face expensive traffic tickets at one point or another. In certain cities, low-level speeding tickets can cost residents up to $400 for a single violation.
For this reason, entrepreneur Christopher Riley came up with the idea of creating a smartphone application that would “give people access to services [like lawyers] in a cost efficient way,” he told CNN Money.
After being cited with a huge fine for going less than 10mph over the speed limit in Miami, Riley launched TIKD.com, a web application designed to help drivers in need fight traffic tickets.
TIKD originally launched its website in February 2017 and currently operates in cities such as Atlanta, Washington DC and Baltimore, as well as in certainmore »
Oregon state lawmakers have approved a plan to produce TSA-compliant driver’s licenses so that state travelers may not be required to show a passport in order to board a plane.
The tougher ID regulations stem from the federal Real ID Act of 2005, which was passed by Congress after the 9/11 attacks in order to enforce a stronger travel vetting system.
Oregon is overdue to create driver’s licenses that comply with the Real ID Act, which has made residents subject to not being allowed to use their state driver’s license or state ID to enter federal facilities or board commercial flights inmore »
Michigan motorists are now allowed to provide proof of their car registration electronically when stopped by a law enforcement official.
The new rule comes under a legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder on June 28, 2017.
“As technology continues to rapidly evolve, it’s important that our state’s laws adapt to these changes,” Snyder said. “Allowing motorists to present vehicle registration to a law enforcement officer electronically is a common sense move that makes life easier for Michiganders.”
House Bill 4013, which ismore »
The Ohio House of Representatives has just passed a new bill that officially changes the requirements for teen driver’s getting a full non-restricted license.
House Bill 293, also referred to as the Young Driver Protection Bill, will double the time that teen drivers under 18 will need to hold a learner’s permit before being eligible to apply for a driver’s license.
According to the language used in the bill, teen drivers will bemore »
Starting next month, the state of California will no longer impose driver’s license suspensions because of unpaid traffic fines.
The new provision comes as part of a series of bills which were signed by Governor Jerry Brown last Tuesday to approve the new budget. This new legislation will prevent CA courts from issuing driver’s license suspensions solely on the grounds of unpaid traffic tickets on a driver’s record.
According to the Associated Press, Gov. Brown said the punishment of driver’s license suspension fails to help collect unpaid fines and can ultimately send low-income people into a negative cycle of job loss and financial struggle.
Gov. Brown said, “There does not appear to be a strong connection,” when referring to licensemore »
As part of the deal made between Apple and Hertz, the car rental company has agreed to lease the technology giant six of its vehicles for autonomous software testing. According to documents released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Hertz’s Donlen fleet-management unit has agreed to provide Apple with Lexus RX450h sport utility vehicles.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been adamant about the importance of incorporating self-driving technology, calling it the “mother of all A.I. projects.” Inmore »
Texting and driving is now legal in the state of Colorado, with the exception of drivers who text and drive in a “careless or imprudent manner.”
This revised legislation also includes an increased penalty for drivers who are caught texting and driving carelessly.
Originally, all Colorado drivers who were caught texting and driving, no matter what the circumstance, would be subject to a $50 fine. The new state provision has increased the penalty to $300 for drivers who are caught texting in a manner that caused them “to drive without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic andmore »
Last Thursday, Oregon became the first U.S. state to allow residents to mark their gender as “not specified” on their driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card.
The move was reportedly influenced by several LGBT rights groups and comes after a Multnomah County judge allowed Jamie Shupe, a Portland resident, to legally change her gender to “non-binary” in June 2016.
According to reports, the Oregon DMV said it carefully studied laws, updated computer systems, worked with law enforcement and courts and changed administrative rules tomore »