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Sunday, February 6, 2011 @ 05:02 PM
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A Southern California city may donate red light camera fines to local charities in an effort to convince skeptics that safety is the motive behind the cameras, not a money grab. A recentred light camera study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said cameras indeed save lives.

Murietta Councilman Rick Gibbs suggested the charity idea when the city leaders decided earlier this month to expand the red light camera program from three intersections to five. Gibbs says the cameras have led to complaints the city uses the cameras to make money.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011 @ 01:02 PM
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Police will be out in force for Super Bowl Sunday drunken drivers

Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers on Super Bowl Sunday.

Article Tab : Police will on the look out for drunk drivers this Super Bowl weekend.

By ALEJANDRA MOLINA

2011-02-04 14:34:58

“Like any other celebrated holiday you are going to get an increased number of people driving impaired,” said California Highway Patrol officer Gabe Montoya.

The increased DUI patrols are carried out by a multiagency DUI task force, which includes the Sheriff’s Department, the CHP and local police departments.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 @ 08:02 PM
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Ask a cop: Teens breaking rules, getting killed at high rates

By Officer Al Perez, Correspondent
Whittier Daily News
Posted:01/31/2011 03:44:03 PM PST
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Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 10:01 AM
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California may have the highest costs for charging electric vehicles, study says

The state’s tiered rate system, in which rates rise as people use more power, could make owning plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles more expensive than in other states.

Electic vehicle charging rates

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

January 14, 2011

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Californians may end up paying the highest electricity rates in the country to charge their electric vehicles, a new study says.

The state’s tiered rate system, in which customers are charged higher rates as they use more electricity, could make plug-in hybrid and battery-powered vehicles more costly to own, according to a Purdue University study.

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Good Governing? There’s an App for That

Citizens Can Use Their Smart Phones to Report Issues to City Officials

By KRISTINA WONG

March 29, 2010—

Thanks to the wonders of mobile technology, smart phones can help people fall asleep, hang pictures straight and even learn how to play a guitar. Now, smart phones can fix potholes.

Well, close.

In some cities, citizens can now report potholes, graffiti and other issues directly to their city with their smart phones. After being downloaded onto a smart phone, the software — commonly referred to as “applications” or “apps” — allows a citizen to take pictures of a problem and with a click of a button, e-mail it directly to city officials with the exact coordinates of where the picture was taken.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011 @ 01:01 PM
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Capistrano Considering Pulling the Plug on

Red-Light Traffic Cameras

San Juan Capistrano might soon join other cities that have pulled the plug on the cameras snaring those who run red lights in town.

The City Council on Tuesday discussed whether to ask the public about the cameras in an advisory vote, but it seemed clear a majority of the five-member panel is open to seeing the system shut down.

“My position is that there doesn’t need to be an advisory vote,” said newly elected Councilman Derek Reeve. “This is one thing that really unites Republicans and Democrats into a kumbaya moment: People do not like red-light cameras. The three of us up here who just through the election heard a lot about them.”

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On Tuesday January 4, 2011, 3:44 pm EST

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Air bags and the economic recession have contributed to the biggest drop in road deaths in the United States since World War II, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

Changes in driving patterns and safety features both contributed to a 22 percent decline in road deaths between 2005 and 2009, Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of the University of Michigan said in a report that studied federal data looking for the causes associated with fatal crashes.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011 @ 01:01 PM
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This video shows how far vehicles have come as far as safety is concerned.  Although both vehicles had extensive damage, the important part to notice is at the end where it shows the passenger “safety cage” and “footwell” had not been compromised.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 @ 10:12 AM
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Here is an article in regards to coverage for our current storm conditions.  This gives you a pretty good idea what might be covered or not.  You will want to contact your agent though for specifics on your actual policy. As this is being considered a catastrophic event a claim may not count against your insurance.

Contact your agent for more information.

car-flooded

We’ve all seen the images of cars under water or stalled in flooded intersections due to the severe weather we’ve been experiencing this week. While the first priority for drivers stuck in this situation is to get out safely, a question they soon must face is, “Who’s going to pay for the damage?”

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 @ 12:12 AM
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Number of Accidents 23% Greater Than Daily Average

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — More Californians crash their cars on December 15 than any other day of the year, according to an Allstate Insurance Company review of its California auto insurance claims over the past four years. The number of accident claims on December 15 jumps 23 percent compared to the daily average during the rest of the year.

“This spike in crashes could be related to weather, holiday shopping, travel or other distractions,” says Robert Feldman, Allstate agency owner in metro Los Angeles. “What’s important for drivers is that we stay focused while at the wheel whether on the highway or in the driveway—on December 15 and every day of the year.”

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