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States Crack Down on Left Lane Hogs

Slowpokes could be hit with $500 fines.

by on Jun.09, 2015

A NJ state trooper pulls over a left lane hog. Image courtesy AutoGuide.

Speed up or get out of the way.

That’s the message from Indiana lawmakers who have passed a new law that could lead to fines of as much as $500 for slowpokes who refuse to move out of the left lane when traffic piles up behind them.

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The Hoosier State becomes one of a handful to specifically targets left lane hogs, though the majority of other states have broader laws that allow police to ticket motorists obstructing traffic or who fail to exit the left lane after passing. Lawmakers in Oregon, meanwhile, are expected to put a similar bill onto the books this year.

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Daimler Debuts Alert System for Wrong-Way Drivers

Will be introduced on new Mercedes S- and E-Class models.

by on Feb.06, 2013

The new system will alert a driver who might be entering a one-way street or highway heading the wrong way.

Head-on collisions are often among the most deadly highway accidents, and some of the most tragic involve vehicles that inadvertently get on a freeway or one-way street heading the wrong direction.

But a new system developed by Daimler AG could alert drivers who’re heading the wrong way. The technology is planned to debut on the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class and E-Class models later this year.

“’There’s a vehicle driving the wrong way on the A1, the A2, the A5, the A46…’ – over the last three months, this type of report has been worrying Germany almost weekly,” observed Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler board of management responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

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During this short period, he noted, “more than 25 people died through no fault of their own because they collided with a vehicle travelling the wrong way on motorways or dual carriageways” in Germany alone. And the situation has been repeated in the U.S., Britain, China and just about everywhere else.

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Debate Over “Runaway” Toyotas Heating Up

Is there a bigger problem than floor mats?

by on Nov.03, 2009

They may be reliable, but there are growing concerns about the safety of Toyota vehicles, more than 3 million of which are facing a new recall.

They may be reliable, but there are growing concerns about the safety of Toyota vehicles, more than 3 million of which are facing a recall.

When Toyota announced the recall of more than 3 million vehicles, last month, the Japanese maker not only hoped to ensure the safety of its owners, but to put to rest concerns about the safety and quality of its vehicles.

This week, recall notices will go out advising motorists how to deal with the problem which, according to Toyota, involves driver floor mats that can jam the accelerator pedal and make it difficult to impossible to maintain control of the vehicle.

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But could there be another problem causing some Toyota products to surge out of control and, at times, race to speeds of up to 100 miles an hour?

That was clearly left open, today, when federal regulators issued a statement suggesting the 3.8 million vehicle recall is only an “interim measure, not a remedy.”

However, six times in the past six years NHTSA has undertaken a review of allegations of unintended acceleration on Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and six times the safety agency has found no vehicle based cause for the unwanted acceleration allegations.

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