Stories tagged: driving
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Legalizing recreational marijuana could boost crash rates, safety group warns
A traffic safety organization is warning that two recent studies suggest that legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to an increase in crashes, including deadly ones.
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Petition started against Washington distracted driving law
At least 18,000 people have decided that a Washington state law against distracted driving takes enforcement too far.
Mon., July 10, 2017, 8:37 a.m.
Put down your cellphone. Holding devices while driving will be illegal beginning July 23 in Washington
Washington drivers will soon be prohibited from holding cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.
Thu., July 6, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
WSP urges drivers to check tires before traveling
The Washington State Patrol has seen an uptick in collisions caused by blown-out tires this summer and is encouraging motorists to check their tires before hitting the road.
Fri., June 23, 2017, 5:40 a.m.
Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims
A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.
Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:42 p.m.
Spike in road fatalities sparks Washington state phone ban
Washington state lawmakers just took a big step to change that with a new law signed earlier this week by Gov. Jay Inslee that bans holding a phone or other …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 5:56 a.m.
What’s holding back self-driving cars? Human drivers
In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis.
Sun., April 16, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: North Monroe changes a step toward new Spokane
It’s hard to think of a clearer collision between old and new Spokane than what’s happening on North Monroe Street.
UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 2:56 p.m.
Gas prices will rise this summer but should remain low
The U.S. government says a rebound in oil prices means drivers will be paying more at the pump this summer than last year. But that will still be a bargain …
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 12:13 p.m.
Speeding bill headed to Idaho Senate
Legislation allowing drivers to speed while passing other vehicles on some highways faced few road bumps getting out of the Idaho House.
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Montana lawmakers debate primary seat belt law
Supporters of a primary seat belt law told legislators that it would save both lives and money, while those opposed say such a requirement is not the appropriate role of …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017
Distracted-driving law needs major update
Now drivers grab their smartphones and jump onto Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and other apps that weren’t around in 2007. None of these acts is illegal. Only talking and texting are …
Sun., Jan. 1, 2017
2016, through the rear-view mirror
March 25. Headline on primary endorsement editorial was “Kasich and Clinton only moderates left standing.”
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 11:17 p.m.
Slick and stranded: Oregon drivers fetch cars stuck in snow
Erick Daza braved a snow-covered suburban street Thursday to pick up his girlfriend’s car, one of many that got stuck in a winter storm that brought Oregon’s largest city to …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:48 p.m.
Government to require cars be able to talk to each other
All new cars and light trucks would be able to talk wirelessly with each other, with traffic lights and with other roadway infrastructure under a rule the Transportation Department proposed …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 9:54 a.m.
Blaine County enforces ban on using smartphone while driving
A county in Idaho is enforcing a new ban on using smartphones while driving.
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016, 6 a.m.
Edward Grim: Highway 395 tests driving skills – and bravery – on a daily basis
It only takes a Charles Dickens moment to realize you are face to face with one of his spirits as you speed down U.S. Highway 395. This road haunts many …
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 4:43 a.m.
Sleep-deprived drivers have plenty in common with drunk drivers
Drivers who have had too little sleep are no different than those who have had three or four drinks and are too drunk to drive.
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 11:33 a.m.
Gov’t wants phone makers to lock out most apps for drivers
The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.
Sun., Sept. 25, 2016
The 5 best times to buy a new car
That chill in the air signals not only the onset of autumn but also cooling auto sales. For bargain hunters, this could be a great time to get a good …
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016
Sent to bad driver’s school: One Spokane writer learns her lessons
Rachel Toor is a Spokane writer and teacher at Eastern Washington University. She’s an admitted bad driver, and found she had a lot to learn at what she calls Bad …
Fri., Aug. 26, 2016, 12:23 p.m.
North Idaho police use school bus to catch texting drivers
A school bus roaming the streets of Moscow this week has been a cover for police officers looking to catch traffic violations.
Wed., Aug. 10, 2016, 7:28 p.m.
New, longer Washington driver’s-license exam tackles pot, cellphones
It’s about to get tougher to earn a driver’s license in Washington state. Officials at the state licensing department this month are rolling out a longer written test – 40 …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 2 p.m.
Jeep hackers back at Black Hat with new and scarier method
In front of a packed lecture hall at the Black Hat hacker conference on Thursday in Las Vegas, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated how they could take control of …
Thu., Aug. 4, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Ford recalls 830K vehicles to fix faulty door latches
Ford is recalling about 830,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Mexico because parts in the side door latches can break and the doors can open while the vehicles are moving.
Sat., July 16, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Washington to introduce harder driving tests in August
Getting a driver’s license in Washington state is set to get a little more challenging next month when new written tests are introduced.
Thu., July 14, 2016, 9:50 a.m.
Consumer Reports says Tesla should drop Autopilot name
DETROIT – Consumer Reports magazine is calling on electric car maker Tesla Motors to change the name of its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and to disconnect the automatic steering feature …
Thu., June 2, 2016, 11:54 a.m.
Boy dies, baby seriously injured in head-on crash in Grant County
An 11-year-old boy was killed and a 1-year-old boy seriously injured in a head-on car crash Wednesday afternoon near Royal City, the Granty County Sheriff’s Office reported. Josue L. Amenta …
Thu., May 5, 2016, 8:32 a.m.
Driver had a monkey on his back even before he got arrested
A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists.
Tue., April 12, 2016, 11:11 a.m.
Ford F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests
The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the insurance industry.