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Interesting California Traffic Stories for November, 2018



Check out some of the interesting news stories and developments affecting California drivers from the past month.

Agriculture Checkpoint Moved to Ease Traffic Delays (NBC Los Angeles)

Your drive home from Las Vegas might go a bit smoother now.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has moved one of its inspection stations along the 15 freeway in an effort to alleviate traffic backups. The station has moved from just east of Barstow to about 7 miles south of Primm Nevada. The move is part of a statewide plan to streamline the inspection stations and locate them near California Highway Patrol facilities. This is the 2nd Border Protection station to be updated. The other is on interstate 80, north of Lake Tahoe in Truckee.

Drivers heading toward Los Angeles from Nevada will notice that trucks and cars are separated as they approach the inspection station, with trucks going through their own inspection lanes before moving on to a weigh station. The previous inspection station near Yermo, often caused traffic backups as cars and trucks would share 2 lanes until just before arriving at the station. [Read more…]

Culver City Receives $120,000 Grant For Traffic Safety Program (Culver City Patch)

The Culver City Police Department received a $120,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund a year-long enforcement and public awareness program, it was announced Tuesday.

"Almost all crashes are preventable," OTS Director Rhonda Craft said. "Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes." [Read more…]

$200K Grant For Alameda County Roadway Safety Education (SF Gate)

A $200,000 grant will pay for a variety of bicycle and pedestrian safety educational programs in the coming year, Alameda County Transportation Commission officials said today.

The grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will fund educational programs in classrooms and community events. The goal is to teach youth and adults about traffic rules, rights and responsibilities as pedestrians and bicyclists, and raise awareness about trespassing on railroad property.

The training will take place at 25 schools in the coming year, and it's hoped the program will be expanded in the future, said Richard Valle, a county supervisor and chair of the county transportation commission.

Bicycle and pedestrian deaths account for 29 percent of all roadway deaths in California, according to the commission. [Read more…]

California Truckers Sue to Prevent Application of Dynamex Driver Wage Decision (HDT)

The California Trucking Association and two California owner-operators have filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the wage relief order decision handed down by the state’s Supreme Court.

The California Trucking Association (CTA) and two California independent owner-operator drivers have filed a lawsuit in U.S. Southern District Court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the unconstitutional interpretation of the state’s wage order test by the California Supreme Court (Court) in its Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (Dynamex) decision. In the suit, plaintiffs contend that the Dynamex decision prohibits independent owner-operator drivers from contracting and performing trucking services for licensed motor carriers in California.

In the landmark Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County decision, the state Supreme Court ruled that certain workers, in particular transportation drivers, should be presumed employees instead of independent contractors when evaluating wage and hour classification in class action cases. [Read more…]

California's infrastructure gets poor grades (ABC 7 News)

Most everyone agrees California's infrastructure hasn't been up to par in years. The American Society of Civil Engineers just rated our bridges, transit system and our roads.

In 2018, California roads received the grade of D.

The ASCE says its report card of California's surface transportation was disappointing but not surprising.

"California has the largest number of bridges in poor condition in the nation," said a member of ASCE.

California bridges received a "C minus" and our transit system scored just as poorly. [Read more…]

California drivers are better than they're given credit for (Los Angeles Times)

I strongly disagree with the column on California drivers that says "Los Angeles drivers stink” (“Leave Risky Driving Behind,” On the Spot by Catharine Hamm, Sept. 30).

Brownsville, Texas, may be No. 1 in safety, but we all know statistics lie. I hazard a guess that it's No. 1 because there is no one there in the summer and in the winter it is all elderly snowbirds who don't drive faster than 30 mph.

I know whereof I speak: I am one of those elderly whose husband retired 12 years ago. We bought an RV and have traveled the U.S. roads at least four months a year since, from Alaska to Maine to Florida and yes, to Brownsville.

After being on the roads with drivers from every state, I strongly believe that California drivers (and that includes L.A.) are the best in the nation, and I state that with a happy smile every time we cross the California border heading home. [Read more…]

Report: Prop 103 has saved California drivers $154 billion (OC Register)

Californians are used to rising prices.

It seems we’re constantly paying more for gas, housing, clothes, meals, movie tickets … you name it. But a new analysis by research and advocacy firm Consumer Federation of America says California drivers have saved $154 billion on auto insurance since Proposition 103 took effect in 1989.

The ballot measure was authored by Harvey Rosenfeld, founder of Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog.

A rollback in rates

Prop. 103 requires insurance companies get approval first from California’s Department of Insurance before implementing property and casualty insurance rates. In the days before Prop. 103, auto, property and casualty insurance rates were set by insurance companies without approval by the state. [Read more…]

Here’s when it’s OK to cross the double-yellow line when driving in California (The Press-Enterprise)

Q: Thomas A. Ray asked if it is legal cross a double yellow line to turn left into a parking space or otherwise park in the street.

A: This answer to this question is straight out of the California Vehicle Code. CVC section 21460 says, “If double parallel solid yellow lines are in place, a person driving a vehicle shall not drive to the left of the lines, except as permitted in this section. But, (d) The markings as specified in subdivision (a), (b), or (c) do not prohibit a driver from crossing the marking if (1) turning to the left at an intersection or into or out of a driveway or private road, or (2) making a U-turn under the rules governing that turn, and the markings shall be disregarded when authorized signs have been erected designating off center traffic lanes as permitted pursuant to Section 21657.” [Read more…]

NBC4 Rides Along With Police Cracking Down on Drugged Drivers (NBC 4 Los Angeles)

When a driver is stopped and believed to be driving with alcohol in their system they can take a test which will register if they are above the legal limit of 0.08 blood-alcohol content.

With drugs, it is more complex. There is no legal limit threshold for drugged driving in California.

As a result police are changing their training and testing, important details drivers need to be aware of before hitting the road. The number of known drug-positive fatally-injured drivers increased from 3,994 in 2006 to 5,365 in 2016, a 34 percent jump, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"It's epidemic," said Glendale Sgt. Craig Tweedy. "It's off the charts and with an increase in drugged driving deaths nationwide."

The complexity on these cases is huge, he said.

"If they're impaired then they go to jail," said Glendale Officer Brian Duncan. [Read more…]

A Guide to the Propositions on the Nov. 6 Ballot in California (FOX 40)

Proposition 6: Repealing the gas tax

Voting “yes” means the repeal of a 12 cent-per-gallon sales tax increase on gasoline that funds a massive $130 billion transportation package enacted by lawmakers in 2017 to repair highways and roads and fund mass transit.

The proposition would also nix a 4 percent tax hike on diesel, the new annual “transportation improvement fee” ($25 to $175) added to drivers’ registration payments, as well as the $100 fee charged yearly to owners of zero-emission vehicles.

Voting “no” means keeping the gas tax to fund repair and maintenance of highways, bridges and other transportation projects. [Read more…]

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