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Survey: Most Oregon, Washington drivers OK with roundabouts

Most Pacific Northwesterners feel perfectly confident navigating roundabouts, according to a new poll of Oregon and Washington drivers from PEMCO Insurance, it’s just the other guy who needs to learn …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

Deep freeze expected this week

Wondering how cold it’s going to get this winter? This week might reveal the answer. The National Weather Service is warning of ice and freezing temperatures in the Spokane area, …


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


Saudi women in driver’s seat as longstanding ban is lifted

Saudi women steered their way through busy city streets on Sunday, driving to work, running errands and relishing a new era in which they are allowed to drive and no …


Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitors

Just weeks before Saudi Arabia is set to lift its ban on women driving, the kingdom’s state security said Saturday it had detained seven people who are being accused of …


NBA agent killed in Colorado crash; 5-year-old son injured

Colorado authorities say longtime NBA agent Dan Fegan died in a car crash Sunday. He was 56.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 6:39 a.m.

WSP troopers write 878 tickets for distracted driving in first month of Washington’s E-DUI law

When Washington’s E-DUI law went into effect in June, police officers, deputies, and state troopers hoped drivers would think twice before reaching for their phones.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 1:47 p.m.

Latest Midwest snow wave delays flights, makes driving tough

A winter storm that moved across the Upper Midwest over the weekend ended Sunday after delivering a ninth consecutive day of snowfall in Chicago, and snow and freezing rain in …


Lewiston lawmaker wants to keep drivers on the road

A Lewiston lawmaker plans to introduce legislation this session that could help people all across Idaho keep their driver’s licenses, even when they can’t afford to pay the fine for …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Idaho called fourth most fatal state for snow driving

Idaho is the fourth most dangerous state for driving in snow, according to a report by SafeWise, a website for home security and safety advice.


Saudis far from unanimous over allowing women to drive

The morning after Saudi Arabia joined the rest of the world in opening its roads to female drivers, the top-trending hashtag among the kingdom’s Twitter users wasn’t supportive.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Saudi Arabia government says it will allow women to drive

Women in Saudi Arabia will be permitted to drive in the kingdom, according to a royal decree issued in Riyadh on Tuesday that overturned one of the most widely criticized …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

New charging stations to relieve ‘range anxiety’ in central Washington

Electric vehicle drivers in the center of the state should have some of their “range anxiety” eased with plans for nine new fast-charging stations.


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.


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.


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.


Insurance study ties legal pot to boost in car crash claims

A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.


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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


2016, through the rear-view mirror

March 25. Headline on primary endorsement editorial was “Kasich and Clinton only moderates left standing.”


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 …


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 …


Blaine County enforces ban on using smartphone while driving

A county in Idaho is enforcing a new ban on using smartphones while driving.


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 …