Auto insurance rates could change with improved texting enforcement

Auto Insurance Texting While Driving

Federal grants are assisting authorities to crack down on illegal cell phone behaviors behind the wheel. Drivers who have been able to get away with texting behind the wheel because it is easy to dodge the enforcement of laws against the dangerous behavior, may now be fining that this is no longer the case, and getting caught will send their auto insurance premiums skyward. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in new federal grants are helping authorities to catch texting drivers the act. An analysis performed on quotes from the leading…

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Survey shows that Americans want new adolescent driving regulations

Allstate Insurance has released the results of a survey they performed across the country, which showed that almost 60 percent of Americans would like a nationwide law that would set minimum state requirements for a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program. The survey also showed that among all of the age groups, adolescents ranked the lowest. In fact, among the participants, 81 percent gave teens an “average” or “poor” driver rating. The STANDUP Act (Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection), is already in Congress where it is pending. It is…

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Vermont DUI convictions may be in error

Hundreds of DUI convictions, including license suspensions may go back to court or be over-turned completely. Defense attorneys and several counties’ states attorney’s from across Vermont are looking at cases from 2008 to present date that may be thrown out. Human error and oversight in setting up and maintenance of breath analysis machines has been identified as the cause. Results of DUI tests from a DataMaster DMT breath analysis machine at the Vermont State Police station are now under microscopic scrutiny. The state Department of Health was in charge of…

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