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Police & Autonomous Vehicles: How Will That Work, Exactly?
Police & Autonomous Vehicles: How Will That Work, Exactly?

Here's what we know about autonomous cars: 1. They're coming. 2. Their arrival will be piecemeal, via a range of autonomous features, which will eventually merge into fully self-driving vehicles. 3. Autonomous technology could be accepted by the mainstream within five or ten years. 4. Autonomous...Read More»

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Missouri Judge Says, 'Yes, You Have A Right To Warn Other Drivers About Speed Traps'

Over the past couple of years, drivers in Florida and Texas have been ticketed for notifying their fellow motorists about speed traps. In Florida, Ryan Kintner simply flashed his high-beams to oncoming cars -- the international "Police ahead!" signal -- but in Texas, Ron Martin went so far as to...Read More»

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Man Arrested For Warning Drivers Of Speed Trap; Is It Free Speech?

Is warning of a speed trap ahead—by holding a sign and standing in the median of a highway—a misdemeanor? That's what Ron Martin was charged with when local law enforcement in Frisco, Texas, arrested him for alerting oncoming motorists of the discreet enforcement via a “police...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
10 Laws That Drive Drivers Crazy

Motor-vehicle laws are intended to keep everyone safe, without unnecessarily hindering or restricting. At least in the purest intent, that's how they're supposed to work. But as you've probably found, there are plenty of driving-related laws that can push drivers to fits—whether it's for the...Read More»

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Texting Tickets Could Cost You Down The Road

In most of America, it's illegal to text and drive. Today, 39 states and the District of Columbia now have laws on the books forbidding the practice. Chances are, you live in one of them. The problem for police officers is that such laws can be difficult to enforce. Even though texting constitutes...Read More»

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Don't Bother Looking Up: Tickets Issued By Airplane Plummet

Here's one less thing for summer road-trippers to worry about: speeding tickets doled out by airplanes. Of course, if you're planning to hit the highway this July 4 holiday, you'll still see the familiar signs that read, "State Police aircraft used in speed enforcement". But according to at least...Read More»

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Supreme Court: GPS Tracking By Cops Without Warrant Illegal, Unconstitutional

Antoine Jones, a nightclub owner in Washington, D.C., was sentenced to life in prison on a drug conspiracy conviction. Prosecutors built their case around police GPS tracking of Jones’ Jeep, which was followed to a residence used as a stash house for money and drugs. Jones appealed his...Read More»

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Alabama Nabs Honda Exec A Week After Jailing Mercedes Manager Under Immigration Law

Many of the people arrested under Alabama's new immigration law--immigrants from Central and South America, documented or not--get no media attention. A state that arrests or tickets executives from foreign automakers who provide thousands of jobs, however, makes the press sit up and take notice...Read More»

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“Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” National Campaign Aug.19-Sept.5

With Labor Day fast approaching, the high-intensity nationwide crackdown on drunk driving is in full mobilization with the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which runs from August 19 through September. 5. Broadcast and cable television, radio, online and social media spots with...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Family Car Advice: Watch Out For Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive driving--call it road rage, if you want--isn't just a danger for the driver losing their temper. It's a problem for everyone they approach and pass, which is why it pays to watch out for aggressive drivers and to know what to do when you encounter one. What is aggressive driving? Being...Read More»

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Texting While Driving: California Cracks Down On OMG, 2L8?

California drivers with cell phones and texting devices in hand, beware. The Golden State has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and has pledged zero-tolerance enforcement on distracted driving throughout the month. That means--in theory, at least--drivers using hand-held cell...Read More»

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Study: Higher Fines Would Convince More Motorists To Buckle Up

Nearly all states have laws requiring occupants to wear safety belts when in a moving vehicle. Yet about 15 percent of vehicle occupants still don't buckle up. How do we get that remainder to buckle up and be more likely to survive an accident? Surprisingly, just introducing the threat of a...Read More»

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Baltimore Red-Light Camera Tickets Verified by Dead Police Officer

As readers of the Risk Factor know, blaming the computer for any and all technical glitches is a fairly regular and convenient excuse. One of the more unusual technical problems blamed on a computer was reported about a week plus ago by the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team in Baltimore, Maryland. Apparently...Read More»

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Vehicle Thefts Down In 2009, But Fewer Vehicles Recovered

Annual crime figures were released this week by the U.S. FBI, and on the vehicle front there's some good news: For one, vehicle theft is way down. It's apparent that all the anti-theft measures—like alarms, immobilizers, and more sophisticated ignition locks—introduced by automakers...Read More»

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Insurance Fraud Up Again: Inflated Bills, Staged Accidents Rampant

Smashed windshields, staged accidents, and suspicious fender-benders and vehicle fires might remain relatively common tactics for deceiving insurance companies—and might be more rampant in a down economy—but insurers are definitely catching on. Last week, the National Insurance Crime Bureau...Read More»

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