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Friday
Mar112011

Colorado Targeting Pot Smokers on the Road

Doug Menuez/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would measure the THC content of the blood of drivers they suspect of having smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel of a car.

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in pot that makes users stoned.

Lawmakers Thursday debated the merits of the legislation that would charge motorists with driving under the influence if they test positive for five nanograms or more of THC.

If the bill passes, Colorado would become one of the few states with a benchmark that determines if a pot smoker is too impaired to drive.

Those opposed to the measure are advocates of medical marijuana, which is legal in Colorado.  They say the law would lead to the arrests of people who need the drug to treat serious medical conditions.

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Tuesday
Mar082011

Government Targets Distracted Teen Drivers

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(YONKERS, N.Y.) -- Kids today are engaging in some very dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

That opinion was delivered by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Monday at Consumer Reports' headquarters in New York.  Specifically, LaHood warned that too many adolescents have fallen prey to distracted driving by fiddling with cell phones and other devices when they should be devoting all their concentration to the road.

LaHood cited a poll that reveals almost two-thirds of teens talk on the phone while driving, while another 30 percent admit to sending text messages.

The Consumer Reports study finds that young drivers aren't particularly concerned about bad habits, which LaHood says may be due to the fact that there's never been a time when they haven't had access to mobile phones and other hand-held contraptions, unlike previous generations.

According to the Department of Transportation, 5,550 vehicular fatalities and half-a-million injuries can be attributed each year to distracted driving, with about 18 percent of these accidents involving cell phone usage.

To help educate youngsters, the DOT has joined parents and teachers in a program to hammer home the message that teens need to focus on driving instead of multi-tasking behind the wheel.

To that end, the government is promoting a new website, Distraction.gov, and rolling out a series of public service announcements that deal with the problem.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Winter Storms Leave Streets Across US Filled with Potholes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Winter storms have brought rain, ice and snow across the U.S. since December, filling streets with potholes and costing drivers hundreds in repairs.

In New York City, repair crews have patched more than 45,000 potholes since the first major snow storm struck the area the day after Christmas.

In Seattle, the city's pothole patrol has already filled in over 6,000 holes this winter, but they still have more to go.

"We currently have a back log of about 200 potholes," said patrol employee Will McMurtry.

Over in Los Angeles, 16,000 potholes have been fixed since rains poured down on the city beginning in December.

Meanwhile, in Indianapolis, up to 15 crews a day are working solely to patch up the city's potholes.  The city's Department of Transportation says it's "using a cold temporary patch mix...but it gets the job done it seals the hole."

Drivers who run over potholes could face costly repair fees.  Blown out tires caused by a shallow pothole can cost over $150 to be replaced.  Running over larger potholes could break mufflers and damage suspension systems, costing drivers as much as $500 and $2000, respectively.

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