Weekly News: May 28, 2001 Page 3

May 28, 2001

BILL WOULD REQUIRE STATE CELLPHONE LAWS A Representative from New York and a Senator from New Jersey have introduced a federal bill that would cut highway funds to states that don't pass laws banning the use of cellphones while driving within the next two years. In following years, the states would lose five percent of its highway funds the third year, and then an additional ten percent for each following year without such a law. Several local governments in New York and New Jersey have already passed laws on the issue, but state and federal proposals have not had success.

GAS-PRICE RELIEF ON THE WAY...FOR MOST AREAS A long-awaited dip in gasoline prices on the stock market won't find its way to pumps for at least a few weeks. After reaching a record high of nearly $1.18 per gallon, gasoline futures are falling on the New York exchange, signaling that gas prices will probably peak during the busy Memorial Day weekend and the period immediately afterward. Supplies of reformulated gasoline for smog-prone urban areas are expected to remain tight for the rest of the summer.

FORD EXPANDS ENGINE PLANT Ford Motor Company has announced that it will invest $117 million in its Romeo, Michigan, V-8 engine plant, citing strong demand for the engines. The renovation will expand the plant and add a second engine line, for an upcoming all-aluminum engine. The facility currently makes 4.6-liter V-8 engines.

MEN STILL MORE STUBBORN ABOUT DIRECTIONS According to a survey sponsored by the information service MapQuest, men are more likely than ever to ask for directions when necessary, breaking the age-old myth that they are less likely to stop and get help. The survey found that more than half of men are likely to admit they're lost and seek help, with more than 30 percent admitting that they'll stop and ask for directions, although 46 percent of women would admit stopping for help. Men were slightly more likely than women to pull out a map when lost (50 percent versus 45 percent for women).

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