Is the .08 BAC Limit Too High? A New Report Says Yes.

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A study published last month in Washington, D.C., recommended lowering state laws that criminalize alcohol-impaired driving from 0.08 to 0.05% blood alcohol concentration (BAC), among other recommendations that would attempt to reduce the number of drunk-driving deaths annually across the United States. Supporters of lowering the legal limit cheered the recommendation, noting that the National…

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Are You Following California’s New Driving Laws?

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How California's State Laws Compare to Others in the Nation

2018 is well under way, and with the new year come new driving laws that California drivers should be aware of. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued the following list of new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Make sure you become familiar with them before you get behind the…

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Few Vehicles Get Top IIHS Safety Rating

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Only 15 new vehicles meet the enhanced IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) safety requirements and earned a rating of Top Safety Pick+, according to Consumer Reports last month. Many other new cars, trucks and SUVs were unable to meet the more stringent IIHS safety standards at this time. The safety guidelines focus on the…

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These Technologies Might Curb Distracted Driving

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National statistics reveal that car crashes with serious injury and death are rising. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 3,477 road deaths from distracted driving in 2015 alone, with 391,000 injuries. Many experts believe the increase is due in part to driver distraction by smartphones and other electronic devices. What is the solution? Some…

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Spontaneously Shattering Sunroofs a Growing, Dangerous Menace

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Sun Roof Defect

Two United States senators last month put pressure on auto manufacturers to provide answers and transparency about injuries that have resulted from sunroofs that shatter for no apparent reason. A letter to CEOs of auto manufacturers that make products for the U.S. market was sent by Senators Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, and Edward Markey, of…

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Regulators Update California Rideshare Services

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California regulators decided recently to adopt new safety regulations for ridesharing companies – namely Uber and Lyft – that will not mandate that drivers have their fingerprints taken as part of the background check. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in October met in San Francisco and agreed unanimously to approve the new regulations. The…

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You Might Be Sharing the Road with Driverless Cars in 2018

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Get ready, Southern California: You could be sharing the busy roads of Los Angeles with driverless cars in 2018. While you will not yet be able to purchase a driverless car, the Surveys conducted by AAA and the University of Michigan revealed recently that three out of four drivers expressed fear about riding in a…

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