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  • Oregon State Trooper stops tourist in Lamborghini

    What should have been a fairly mundane traffic stop turned into a viral video in less than two weeks. YouTuber "Stig's Persian Cousin" posted an interaction with an Oregon State Trooper in which there's a major riff between knowledge of local and international driving laws. It appears the YouTuber resides in the United Arab Emirates, and every couple of years, he imports his Lamborghini to North America for a road trip across the U.S. and Canada. In Oregon, a state trooper stopped him because the Lamborghini did not have any license plates. In fairness, that's a pretty easy call for an...

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    California cops now busting sound scoundrels for loud exhausts

    Modified vehicle owners, beware the streets of California. A new state law now makes excessively loud modified exhaust systems on cars and motorcycles a fineable offense, according to a report from The Drive on Monday. Previously, officers wrote what we commonly know as a "fix-it ticket" for these...

  • Indiana State Trooper pulls over slow driver Photo: Sgt. Stephen Wheeles
    Indiana State Trooper enforces state's Slowpoke law, goes viral

    One Indiana State Trooper has gone viral after enforcing the state's "Slowpoke" law, or "move-over" law. The internet has spoken, and many like State Trooper Stephen Wheeles' logic. Wheeles tweeted a photo on Saturday of a vehicle after initiating a traffic stop on Interstate 65. According to the...

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    White House Green Lights Black Boxes For New Cars

    The White House Office of Management has approved a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate event data recorders, commonly referred to as “black boxes,” in 100-percent of new vehicles sold. In the very near future, then, the car you drive may...

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    Senate Passes Bill Requiring Implementation Of Vehicle Data Recorders

    If the House of Representatives approves a bill already passed by the Senate (or one very similar), this much is a given: by the 2015 model year, event data recorders will be required for every new car sold in the United States. While the details have yet to be finalized, these “black...

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    France Decrees Mandatory Breathalyzers In All Cars By July 1

    It's hard to believe that a nation of amateur oenologists would take such a drastic measure, but France has instituted a new rule requiring breathalyzers in all motor vehicles (except mopeds) as of July 1, 2012. The reason for the rule (which can be found, in French, at the Legifrance database) is...

  • Cell Phone Safety

    A bill in the U.S. House would ban holding cell phones while driving, except in case of emergency.

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    Al Franken's New Bill Guards Your Privacy On The Mobile Web

    Privacy has long been a serious issue on the web. Now, a new bill authored by Senator Al Franken wants to address some of those concerns -- and from where we sit, it's arrived just in the nick of time. In the early days of Web 1.0, long before the rise of social networking, privacy concerns...

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    Senators Push Apple, Google To Nix DUI Apps -- But Does It Matter?

    In March, we told you that four U.S. Senators had pushed Apple, Google, and Research In Motion (creators of the Blackberry) to remove apps that revealed the location of DUI checkpoints. At the time, RIM was the only provider that agreed to do so, but now Apple and Google have indicated that they...

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    Google Bets On Nevada To Become Home For Autonomous Cars

    Google has been hitting the headlines pretty hard the past couple of days. Its Android operating system is still hammering the smartphone market, its new music service is causing a commotion, and the company is prepping to settle a hush-hush Justice Department investigation into its advertising...

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    Mon Dieu! France Fines Google $142,000 For Street View Privacy Violations

    There's no denying that Google Maps is the king of online mapping services. It may have been slightly late to the party, but thanks to social features like sharable maps and the ability to drop in notes at specific locations, it quickly zoomed past competitors like MapQuest. One of Google Maps'...

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    New Jaguar XJ's dual-view display may be illegal in U.S.

    Dual-view displays have been billed as the hottest new technology to hit the automobile since GPS, and though the hype might be overdone, there's a lot of merit to the idea. Americans might not get to find out, however, due to a law prohibiting front-seat entertainment systems. Based in the...

  • The T-Redspeed camera system

    Red-light cameras and 'smart' traffic lights have been criticized as nothing more than cash cows for the cities that use them to ensnare unwary drivers. Now an investigation unfolding in Italy may be shining a light on even darker practices. More than merely catching out drivers that push the limits of the traffic light system, the T-Redspeed 'smart' traffic system and its makers are being accused of intentionally cutting the yellow time to half the statutory recommendation in order to generate more revenue. Over 1,400 red-light infractions were captured in a two-month period in 2007 in...

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    European Parliament agrees to looser CO2 rules

    In September, a committee in the European Parliament proposed easing the carbon dioxide emissions rules previously set to phase in over the next several years, and today the proposal was approved. The modifications require only 65% of manufacturer fleets to meet the strict 130g/km targets in 2012...

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