Latest Driving laws and regulations News

Fine for drivers failing to move over increase in SD

Jul. 2, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's new ‘move over’ driving law has gone into effect. It increased the minimum fine for violators from $122.50 to $270. If a driver fails to move over on the roadway and causes a crash with an emergency vehicle, the offense is now a Class 1 misdemeanor,...

Wage hike, driving privileges, civics addressed in new laws

Jun. 30, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois state laws dictating minimum wage, certain driving offenses and LGBTQ history education in public schools will take effect Wednesday. Low-wage workers statewide will see a salary increase for the second time this year as required by a law signed last year by Gov. J.B....

New state laws ban drivers holding phones, hike marriage age

Jun. 30, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Using a handheld cellphone while driving will become illegal on Indiana roads under a new state law taking effect this week. The move aimed at combating distracted driving was among numerous laws going onto the books Wednesday after being approved by the state Legislature this year....

Noem suspends teen driving law during COVID-19

Jun. 29, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has suspended a teen driving law which was set to take effect this week. Noem said the legislative bill was suspended because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and the impact the new law would have on licensing. The suspension of the law which was...

South Dakota ban on phone use while driving starts July 1

Jun. 27, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Drivers in South Dakota who use their cellphones can be pulled over and ticketed purely for that offense starting Wednesday. A new state law taking effect July 1 makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor to use a cellphone while driving except in an emergency or to use a GPS app or to read or...

Lyft settles disabled discrimination claims in California

Jun. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lyft Inc. has agreed to settle allegations that it violated federal law when some of its drivers refused to give rides to people using folding walkers or collapsible wheelchairs in the Los Angeles area, the U.S. attorney's office announced Monday. The investigation was launched after a...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, agents Amanda Toma and Ashley Brodeur work with customers outside in the parking lot of cannabis purveyor Berkshire Roots in Pittsfield, Mass. Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday, June 22, 2020, in JAMA Internal Medicine, can’t prove that the traffic death increases they found were caused by marijuana use. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)

Recreational pot laws may boost traffic deaths, studies say

Jun. 22, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

Laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic deaths, two new studies suggest, although questions remain about how they might influence driving habits. Previous research has had mixed results and the new studies, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, can’t prove that the traffic...

Edwards signs bill to ban vaping in cars with children

Jun. 9, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Vaping with a child in the car soon will be illegal in Louisiana. Louisiana law already prohibited drivers and passengers from smoking cigarettes, pipes or cigars if a child’s in the vehicle. A bill by Gretna Rep. Joe Marino, who has no party affiliation, adds vaping to that...

Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The (Munster) Times. June 6, 2020. NWI mayors extend peaceful solidarity amid protests, unrest Our nation was founded on the right of our populace to protest injustice. It’s at the very heart of the freedom of speech protected by our Constitution’s First Amendment. Fortunately, some key Region...

La. Lawmakers agree to ban vaping while a child's in the car

May. 30, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Traveling with a child in the car? Louisiana lawmakers say you shouldn't be vaping then. The House and Senate have given final passage to a bill that would ban the use of vaping devices in any vehicle with a child present. Louisiana law already prohibits drivers and passengers from...