Interesting California Traffic Stories for May, 2018

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

How to fix California’s roads, bridges, dams: Candidates for governor share views (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Promises aren’t going to be enough for Californians tired of having their teeth rattled by trips over washboard roads or finding their cars battered by ever-deepening potholes. A February study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association found that improved roads would save California drivers about $310 apiece in annual car repairs.” [Read more…]

Signatures Set Up Fight Over California Gas Tax, Road Funding (CBS Sacramento)

“Supporters of an effort to repeal a gas tax increase gathered nearly 1 million signatures, but if the measure is repealed, what will happen to California's roads?” [Read more…]

Smart license plates hitting California roads (ABC 10 News)

The state legislature approved testing the technology in 2013. A DMV spokesman said the pilot program allows the agency to ‘evaluate the use of alternatives to stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards, subject to certain requirements.’” [Read more…]

California freeways: 20 minutes on the road isn’t what it was supposed to be (The Mercury News)

“The story of how Californians went from getting around to getting stuck behind the wheel is deeply entwined with the history of the urban freeway, an enterprise that advanced earlier and on a larger scale here than anywhere else in the country. In this latest installment of a series on the California Dream, the nonprofit CALMatters — in partnership with news organizations around the state — is examining the changing role of this transportation system and its role in the state’s evolution.” [Read more…]

Waymo reportedly applies to put autonomous cars on California roads with no safety drivers (TechCrunch)

“Waymo has become the second company to apply for the newly-available permit to deploy autonomous vehicles without safety drivers on some California roads, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It would be putting its cars — well, minivans — on streets around Mountain View, where it already has an abundance of data.” [Read more…]

Proposed bill would allow California drivers to choose driver's license photo (Fox 2 KTVU)

“If SB 1407 passes, a licensee could choose from three photographs taken on-site at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Additionally, drivers could have their photograph taken at an offsite location through a private vendor. The vendor must meet DMV requirements.” [Read more…]

California drivers are the nation’s most aggressive, study says (FOX 5 San Diego)

“California is ranked as the U.S. state with the most aggressive drivers, which also makes them the most gas-guzzling motorists, according to a new study by GasBuddy.” [Read more…]

Distracted Driving May Add A Point To Your Driving Record (CBS Sacramento)

“The California State Senate unanimously passed SB 1030 on Monday. It would make distracted driving a moving violation, not just an infraction. Currently, if you’re caught driving while using a cell phone you’re fined $20, plus penalties, for the 1st offense and $50, plus penalties, for each subsequent offense. The conviction does appear on your driving record, but doesn’t add a point.” [Read more…]

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