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Report: Hand-Held Cell Phone Bans Don't Make Roads Any Safer
Report: Hand-Held Cell Phone Bans Don't Make Roads Any Safer

As of today, 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have passed laws preventing drivers from using hand-held cell phones. A whopping 44 states (plus D.C. and the above territories) prohibit texting behind the wheel -- an act that tends to involve a...Read More»

Railroad map prepared by the Michigan Railroad Commission, circa 1876.
GM Announces Support For Michigan's Anti-Tesla Bill, Governor Then Signs It

Last week, we told you about a hastily amended bill in Michigan that would prevent Tesla from setting up shop in the Wolverine State. It had passed both houses of the legislature and was headed to Governor Rick Snyder's desk. The only question remaining was: would Snyder sign it? Then yesterday...Read More»

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In Michigan, Bill To Ban Tesla Sales Heads To Governor's Desk: Will He Sign It?

In Michigan, a recently passed bill could prevent Tesla Motors from selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers. Tesla says that the hastily approved legislation violates the spirit of its ongoing negotiations with state regulators. Who pushed the bill through the legislature? Will Governor...Read More»

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Judge Cuts Hyundai's Fine To $73 Million In Montana Wrongful Death Suit

In May of this year, a jury in Montana ruled against Hyundai, siding with the families of two teenage boys who died in a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon. The jury set a massive, $240 million penalty, which Hyundai subsequently appealed. According to Auto News, the judge in the case has now cut that fine by...Read More»

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Not So Fast, Google: Autonomous Cars In California Still Need Steering Wheels, Brakes

In May of this year, California's Department of Motor Vehicles published safety guidelines aimed at manufacturers of self-driving cars. A few days later, Google unveiled a prototype of its first autonomous car built in-house. The prototype looked dramatically different from the modified Toyota...Read More»

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Traveling In Canada This Summer? Don't Park With Your Windows Down

In states and towns across America, you can find plenty of dumb laws on the books. In Washington state, for example, it's illegal to harass Bigfoot. In Louisiana, stealing an alligator could result in a ten-year jail term. And until 1997, it was against the law to sell doughnut holes in Leigh...Read More»

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Tesla Poised For Triumph In New Jersey, Could Relaunch Sales Next Month

In the not-too-distant future, someone is going to make a documentary about electric automaker Tesla. It'll be weightier than the one National Geographic put together, and hopefully, it'll be long enough to cover the many twists and turns along the company's road to success -- including one that...Read More»

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Recalled Used Cars: CA Law Would Require Fix Before Resale

Vehicle recalls seem to be happening with more frequency this year, and one California lawmaker is trying to prevent these potentially unsafe vehicles from making it into the hands of unaware owners. While there are laws in place that prevent customers from taking delivery of new vehicles with open...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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Your Car May Soon Be Required To 'Talk' (To Other Cars, Anyway)

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems will make automotive travel dramatically safer and more efficient. So, what's the big holdup? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has yet to determine when V2V will be required on new passenger vehicles. At long last, however, the...Read More»

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Google Glass Driver Cleared Of Wrongdoing: This Is Why Distracted Driving Laws Won't Work

In November of 2013, Cecilia Abadie was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving. However, Abadie insisted that she wasn't using Glass at the time, even though the device was turned on. She fought the ticket in court, and yesterday she won. But here's the interesting part: the court didn't...Read More»

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New York May Nix Google Glass For Drivers

Unless you've been living under a rock -- a rock without wi-fi -- you know that wearable technology is the Next Big Thing. From rings to running shoes to the fabrics in our clothes, we'll soon carry around a host of gadgets that record our lives, monitor our health, and, of course, pester us with...Read More»

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Uber Driver Kills Pedestrian, Uber Denies Fault: What Will The Courts Say?

On New Year's Eve in San Francisco, a six-year-old girl was killed and her family members were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. According to TechCrunch, the driver of that vehicle, Syed Muzzafar, worked for Uber. Uber has caused a big stir the past few...Read More»

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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»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
20 Parts-Makers Fined $1.6 Billion For Fixing Prices & Making Cars Pricey

No doubt about it: cars are expensive. Along with your home and your education, a car is one of the most expensive investments you'll ever make. Unfortunately, some of us have been paying even more for our cars than we should've, and it's because 20 companies that supply parts for those cars have...Read More»

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Would You Rather Buy A Car On Sunday Or Simply Shop In Peace?

Like many other states, New Jersey is a study in contrasts. It's the birthplace of the working man's hero, Bruce Springsteen, and the appallingly self-entitled cast of Jersey Shore. It's home to some of America's finest educational institutions and the glittery, mindless joys of Atlantic City. It's...Read More»

Snail crossing the road [by Flickr user schristia]
Florida Does Something Un-Crazy, Tickets Slowpoke Drivers

Let's face it: Florida is a little eccentric. Not crazy eccentric, like your loose-cannon uncle who makes everyone cringe when he opens his mouth at Thanksgiving dinner. No, Florida is like your amusingly eccentric third cousin who throws big, elaborate birthday parties for her pet iguana. (Except...Read More»

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Tesla Fan Petitions White House To 'Allow Tesla Motors To Sell Directly To Consumers'

Since President Obama launched Petitions.WhiteHouse.gov in 2011, scores of Americans have filed petitions with the federal government. Some have been fairly straightforward, like the one hoping to raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour, and another asking the U.S. to formally condemn the Turkish...Read More»

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New Jersey Bill Would Let Police Confiscate Your Cell Phone

When we see those flashing lights, most of us know what to do: time to pull over and dig out our registration and proof of insurance from the glove box. But in New Jersey, police officers could soon be allowed to ask for a driver's cell phone, too. A bill proposed by state Senator James Holzapfel...Read More»

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