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  • 77-year-old man hit, killed on I-14 in Killeen while pushing bicycle

    07/18/2021 10:50:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Killeen Daily Herald ^ | September 18, 2020 | Jacob Brooks
    A 77-year-old man was pushing a bicycle on Interstate 14 in Killeen Friday morning when he was hit and killed by several vehicles, according to police. Some cars that hit him didn’t even stop, police said. “Several vehicles that struck the male did not stop and the Traffic Unit would like to speak with the operators of those vehicles, or any other witnesses, about the accident,” the Killeen Police Department said in a news release. Police have not named the man, pending notification of next of kin. He was pushing the purple, BMX-style bicycle shortly before 7 a.m. when he...
  • Number Of US Truck Drivers Sidelined Due To Substance Abuse Violations Has Surpassed 60,000

    07/02/2021 10:54:10 AM PDT · by blam · 35 replies
    Nation & State ^ | 7-2-2021 | John Gallagher
    The number of U.S. truck drivers sidelined due to substance abuse violations has surpassed 60,000 and continues to climb by roughly 2,000-3,000 per month, according to federal data. The latest monthly report by the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration since January 2020, revealed that 60,299 CDL holders have a drug or alcohol violation recorded in the clearinghouse as of June 1, up from 57,510 as of May 1 and up from 18,860 recorded in the clearinghouse as of May 1, 2020.Drivers with at least one substance abuse violation are barred from operating a...
  • The smart tax we can’t have

    05/05/2021 3:41:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | April 28, 2021 | Rick Newman
    The battle is on, as President Biden pushes a raft of tax hikes to pay for roads, bridges, green energy, and expansive new social programs. His plans are generally popular—but nobody wants to be the one footing the bill. Business groups argue that instead of raising corporate taxes to pay for infrastructure, as Biden wants to do, the government should rely on user fees such as tolls and dedicated taxes, so that people getting the benefit of the new asset bear the cost. Higher corporate taxes can depress investing, send US companies overseas and trigger aggressive tax avoidance. Douglas Holtz-Eakin,...
  • Tech upgrades aim to curb I-4 crashes, congestion between Tampa and Orlando

    04/14/2021 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | April 14, 2021 | C.T. Bowen, Tampa Bay Times
    TAMPA — Transportation planners are preparing to use new technology to try to solve an old problem — traffic crashes and congestion on Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando. The state Department of Transportation is designing a corridor management system that will relay real time information directly to motorists about congestion, accidents, work zones, weather warnings and even end-of-the-traffic-back-up locations on I-4 and alternate routes. The idea behind so-called connected vehicle technology is to improve traffic flow on the interstate and east-west alternatives without adding new lanes or acquiring new right of way. On Wednesday, Hillsborough’s Metropolitan Planning Organization —...
  • Sign Of Things To Come? Amazon Drivers Forced To Sign 'Biometric Consent'

    03/26/2021 9:45:24 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 39 replies
    PNW ^ | 3/25/21 | Lauren Kaori Gurley
    Amazon delivery drivers nationwide have to sign a "biometric consent" form this week that grants the tech behemoth permission to use AI-powered cameras to access drivers' location, movement, and biometric data. If the company's delivery drivers, who number around 75,000 in the United States, refuse to sign these forms, they lose their jobs. The form requires drivers to agree to facial recognition and other biometric data collection within the trucks they drive.
  • Federal stimulus package won’t erase PennDOT’s funding gap or plans for new tolls or taxes

    12/31/2020 1:48:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Allentown Morning Call Adware Farm ^ | December 22, 2020 | Tom Shortell
    Congressional leaders passed a new stimulus package meant to alleviate the financial pain of the coronavirus, but it won’t cure all that ails PennDOT’s pocketbook. PennDOT press secretary Alexis Campbell said Monday afternoon it wasn’t clear if the relief plan will cover the $600 million funding gap plaguing PennDOT. Early media reports indicate that $10 billion of financial relief could be distributed to the 50 states’ highway systems, though it’s unclear how much would come Pennsylvania’s way. State Sen. Pat Browne, a Lehigh County Republican and longtime chairperson of the Appropriations Committee, said Tuesday that transportation-specific wording included in the...
  • Uber Claims It Faces Temp Shutdown in California After Ruling that Drivers Are Employees

    08/12/2020 1:02:40 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/12/2020 | David Ng
    Uber claims it may have to temporarily shut down in California after a judge ruled earlier this week that Uber and Lyft must classify their gig drivers as employees. “If the court doesn’t reconsider, then in California, it’s hard to believe we’ll be able to switch our model to full-time employment quickly,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an interview Wednesday on MSNBC.
  • As part of Kemp’s order, Georgia teens can get driver’s license without road test

    05/01/2020 11:47:56 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 21 replies
    Athens Online ^ | April 30, 2020 | Lee Shearer
    New Georgia drivers can get a driver’s license without passing a road test — at least for the next two weeks. In a little-noticed portion of Gov. Brian Kemp’s April 23 executive order allowing certain businesses to re-open, Kemp also ordered the state Department of Driver Services to suspend a requirement that teens and other new drivers must pass a road skills test before getting a new or upgraded license. The exemption continues for the duration of Kemp’s state of emergency declaration, originally due to expire May 13 but recently extended to June 12.
  • ‘Glass shattering all over my face’: 911 callers describe string of air-gun shootings that damaged 15 cars on I-4

    01/03/2020 8:38:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 2, 2020 | Tess Sheets
    A woman was driving along Interstate 4 near Orange City late Wednesday when she said her minivan’s windows suddenly “imploded." “It was dark and the next I knew there was glass shattering all over my face,” she later told 911 dispatchers. While the woman was still on the phone, dispatchers began discussing a similar call that had just been phoned in from down the road. Authorities have since determined at least 15 vehicles were damaged after being shot at, likely by a BB or pellet gun, on highways in the Volusia County area on New Year’s Day. The woman gasped...
  • I-4 Ultimate: Delays, overruns and deaths plague project

    10/30/2019 3:31:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 25, 2019 | Kevin Spear
    I-4 Ultimate’s promise five years ago was that private financing and management would make Florida’s largest road reconstruction project better, faster and cheaper. Today, the 21-mile and $2.3 billion rebuilding of Interstate 4 through metro Orlando is slogging through rising costs to an uncertain finish date, with crews working day and night under the pall of repeated worker fatalities. Some of the issues: - The fifth death of a construction worker last month that preliminary findings say would have been avoidable with a more cautious approach to bridge building that SGL Constructors made mandatory this month. - Construction consortium I-4...
  • Cops Don't Need Another Excuse to Hassle Innocent Drivers

    10/30/2019 9:12:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | October 30, 2019 | Jacob Sullum
    At any given time, millions of Americans are forbidden to drive because their licenses have been suspended, often for reasons that have nothing to do with traffic safety. But their cars can still be legally driven by relatives, friends and neighbors. Given that reality, should police be allowed to pull over a car simply because it is registered to someone with a suspended license? While the assumption that the registered owner is behind the wheel might seem reasonable, condoning such traffic stops, as the state of Kansas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to do in a case the justices...
  • ECJ set to rule on German autobahn tolls

    06/22/2019 4:28:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | June 18, 2019 | Kersten Knipp
    Are tolls going to be enforced on private drivers? The German government, along with every car owner in the European Union, will finally get a definitive answer to that question on Tuesday. If the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules in favor of the tolls, all motorists will be charged to drive on German highways. The fees, known as "vignettes," are to be collected according to the time traveled on the autobahn. For cars registered in Germany, however, owners will get a credit deductible from the motor vehicle tax as compensation, meaning the costs would be offset, and ultimately, Germans...
  • 21st Century Policy Opinion: Stop Federal Spending Outside Freight Corridors

    06/12/2019 4:39:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | June 10, 2019 | Marc Scribner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
    The U.S. Interstate Highway System is the backbone of American commerce and personal travel. Funded on a pay-as-you-go basis largely through federal excise taxes on motor fuel, today it accounts for 25% of total vehicle-miles traveled despite accounting for just 2.5% of total road network lane-miles. Yet, much of the Interstate system, construction of which began in the 1950s, is nearing the end of its functional life, along with the infrastructure of other surface transportation modes. Over the next two decades, trillions of dollars of investment will be needed to rehabilitate and in some cases rebuild this infrastructure, according to...
  • Illinois’ new gas tax will hit drivers hard this summer

    06/04/2019 6:35:09 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    wgn ^ | 06/04/2019 | Julie Unruh
    CHICAGO — Illinois gas taxes haven’t been touched in decades, but this summer, gas taxes will practically double. As part of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s attempt to balance the state budget, the state’s gas tax will double to 38 cents per gallon beginning July 1. That puts Illinois in the top five states for the highest total gasoline taxes. “Illinois is going from one of the lower gas taxes in the region to one of the highest,” Patrick DeHaan, founder, said. Cities in Cook County also have the option to raise gas taxes by an additional 3 cents a...
  • UK 7 medical conditions drivers must report

    05/20/2019 4:48:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 49 replies
    News Gazette ^ | 5-20-2019
    Seveven medical conditions drivers must report in UK
  • How New Yorkers are making bank ratting out idling drivers

    04/29/2019 7:44:29 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 28 April 2019 | Julia Marsh
    Dropping a dime on trucks and buses that keep their engines running while parked is paying big bucks to some New Yorkers. The number of summonses issued for violating the city’s anti-idling law skyrocketed to 1,038 last year — up from just 24 in 2017 — following the creation of a reward program for ratting out offenders, The Post has learned. Meanwhile, the city Department of Environmental Protection has handed out nearly $20,000 to 13 whistleblowers who each got a 25 percent share of the fines generated by their tips, according to official data. Leading the list is lawyer David...
  • Motorists pursue damages from Indiana due to I-69 potholes

    04/24/2019 8:31:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Indianapolis Business Journal ^ | April 13, 2019 | Associated Press
    Dozens of drivers have filed tort claims seeking money from the state of Indiana after their cars were damaged while driving on a 15-mile, pothole-afflicted section of Interstate 69. The problematic stretch of highway extends between mile markers 219 in Pendleton and 234 in Daleville, The Star Press reported. Forty claimants are pursuing damages for repairs to brake calipers and rotors; rims and wheels; tires; improper wheel alignment; suspension way bars and other vehicle parts.
  • Year-old 66 Express Lanes have caused shifts in commuter behavior

    12/15/2018 1:14:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 8, 2018 | Luz Lazo and John D. Harden
    When the 66 Express Lanes opened a year ago, officials promised the tolls would mean a smoother ride on the interstate, a major east-west thoroughfare from Northern Virginia into the District that is infamous for its headache-inducing congestion. The state’s promise — less congestion and faster travel times during rush hour — has been fulfilled for many commuters able to pay or carpool, but the new toll system has had an adverse effect for many of the remaining road users. For some commuters, the rush-hour period has simply shifted later — outside the toll hours — and dumped them onto...
  • Beer and the Wheel

    11/24/2018 8:27:46 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 23 replies
    email and multiple sites author not listed | 11/24/2018 | unknown
    The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. Beer required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture, about 9,000 years ago. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer and vice versa. These two were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of...
  • Where does your toll money go? Miami drivers, sick of traffic and expense, want to know

    10/16/2018 8:05:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 10, 2018 | Dylan Jackson
    In life, some things are unavoidable: death, taxes — and if you live in South Florida — tolls. Coughing up money to drive on the highways add to the cost of living in South Florida. Drivers in Miami-Dade and Broward spent more than a half billion dollars in tolls fees in the last year. Consider: A daily trip from Kendall to downtown Miami costs over $4 roundtrip by Sunpass, or about $1,000 a year for a five-day a week, 50-week commuter. For those who haven’t signed up for Sunpass, the toll-by-plate rate of almost $8 per day amounts to $2,000...