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Florida Judge Says Flashing Headlights Is Free Speech: Discuss
Florida Judge Says Flashing Headlights Is Free Speech: Discuss

When someone flashes his headlights at you, it usually means one of two things: (a) you forgot to turn on your own headlights, or (b) there's a speed trap around the next curve. There's no arguing that the first of those warnings is important for safety reasons. Driving at dusk without headlights...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Don't Get Mad, Don't Get Even: New Jersey Outlaws Road Rage

On Friday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that stiffens penalties for drivers convicted of road rage. The law is known as "Jessica Rogers' Law" (PDF), named for a young woman who was paralyzed in 2005 when the car in which she was riding hit a telephone pole. The driver...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»

Police officers run identity checks at a sobriety checkpoint in Escondido, CA
This Sunday, California Stops Towing Cars Of Undocumented Drivers

If you're an illegal immigrant to the U.S. and you live in California, life is about to get a tiny bit better. As of Sunday, if you're stopped at a checkpoint, the police will no longer be able to tow your vehicle so long as you're not violating any other laws. Backstory Until 1993, undocumented...Read More»

Texting while driving
NTSB Recommends Nationwide In-Car Phone, Texting Ban

It shouldn't take a government agency to figure out that texting while driving is dangerous. There's ample evidence to support the claim. But today the National Transportation Safety Board nonetheless recommended a nationwide ban on the use of handheld cell phone and text messaging devices while...Read More»

Texting while driving
Ford Is First To Support Cell Phone Ban. Will Sync Sales Soar?

Yesterday, Ford announced its support of a federal law banning the use of handheld cell phones by drivers. It's the first automaker to do so, and as a result, it's received praise from advocacy groups. But the clever move also offers Ford some advantages in showrooms, too. Background The "Safe...Read More»

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Lets Mazda Seatbelt Lawsuit Proceed, But What Does It Mean?

The United States Supreme Court today ruled that the family of a woman killed in an accident in 2002 would be allowed to proceed with its suit against Mazda despite Mazda's compliance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulations on rear-seat safety belts. The federal ruling...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
112th Congress Goes To Washington, Lobbyists Follow. Will The Right To Repair Act Finally Pass?

If you read the news yesterday, you probably saw a recap of the day on Capitol Hill, with lots of attention given to the freshman Representatives. But journalists aren't the only ones keeping an eye on the 112th Congress; lobbyists and advocacy groups are watching, too, hoping that this will be...Read More»

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New York City To Institute 'Crash Tax' For First Responder Costs

We all hope we're never involved in a serious car accident, but every day, some of us are. Those of us unfortunate enough to have an accident in New York City will soon face not only injury, the loss of our transportation, and the expense of medical treatment, but a bill from the city. Say what?...Read More»

Texting while driving
Is The Federal Government Planning To Disable Our Cell Phones?

"Is the Government About to Block Cell Phone Signals in Cars?" That's the molotov cocktail of a headline that Time magazine ran yesterday when it announced that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is looking at new ways to curb distracted driving. (He's been doing so for ages, but apparently...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
Friendly Helpful Speed Camera To Ticket You, Then Text You Too?

We've written a lot about traffic enforcement cameras, both the ones that nail red-light runners and those that send automatic tickets to drivers who exceed the speed limit. Now a new wrinkle in evolving technology has been proposed: Wouldn't it be nice if the camera system not only sent you an...Read More»

U.S. Navy drunk driving deterrence display
New Jersey Court May Prevent Drunk Drivers From Suing Bars

The scenario: a drunken driver slams into another motorist, suffering serious injuries. The other driver is unhurt. The drunken driver sues the bar that served him, arguing it should be the one liable for his drunken state. That's actually the law in most states, but New Jersey is considering...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
How Congress is Designing Your Next Car

The auto industry won a major victory in Congress this week, when the landmark financial bill passed by both houses on Congress excluded auto dealers from regulation -- so Congress can't stop them from taking a kickback for funneling you toward a particular lender, or marking up a loan to a higher...Read More»

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Right To Repair: The Massachusetts Version

AllCarAdvice covered the federal Right to Repair act back in May and at the time it looked like the federal law called the Motor Vehicles Owners Right to Repair Act was on its way to some sort of resolution. There were both senate and house versions circulating both of which had bi-partisan...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
AZ Switches Off Speed Cameras For Privacy, Revenue Reasons

Last fall, we wrote about citizen initiatives to ban the use of traffic enforcement cameras in three small towns in Ohio and Texas. Now, the backlash has intensified, with the state of Arizona switching off its 76 cameras altogether last Friday, when its contract expired with the private operator...Read More»

Auto loan
GM Looking To Offer More Loans To More Customers

When General Motors sold off control of GMAC, it lost more than its in-house financing arm. It lost the ability to offer loans to a broad range of consumers, particularly subprime borrowers. As a result, GM also lost market share. Now, the automaker is chatting up two major Wall Street players --...Read More»

Dealer
Dealers Sidestep New Consumer Protection Bill

American auto dealers were dealt a winning hand yesterday as the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to exclude auto loans from an upcoming consumer protection bill. A competing bill from the Senate has similar language, and the two are now being reconciled in conference committee. The consumer...Read More»

2009 Land Rover LR2 HSE
The Royal Speed-Cam Detector: Prince Philip's Land Rover Busted!

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh is known for saying impolitic things in public once in a while. Now it turns out that his occasional lack of political correctness may extend to avoiding the U.K.'s prevalent speed-detecting cameras. He was recently spotted by Britain's Daily Mail newspaper...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Congress Considers Adding 20,000 Electric Vehicles To USPS Fleet

With around 260,000 vehicles at its disposal, the United States Postal Service operates the biggest civilian fleet in the country. Unfortunately, most of those vehicles get terrible gas mileage: the Grumman postal van only earns around 10mpg, and the 17% of USPS trucks that run on E85 don't fare...Read More»

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