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30Nov/13Off

New law gives cyclists 3-foot buffer from drivers

New law gives cyclists 3-foot buffer from drivers

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Under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California drivers must stay at least 3 feet away from cyclists when passing.

The proposal, bill AB1371, came from Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who was injured in a bicycle accident in 2010, sponsored the bill. The law protects cyclists from aggressive drivers and protects cyclist safety.

Currently, the law states that drivers must keep a safe distance when passing cyclists, but does not specify how far a “safe distance” is.

The new law goes into effect Sept. 16, 2014.

Brown vetoed two previous bills in 2011 and 2012, which would have allowed drivers to cross the yellow line or require them to slow to 15 mph when passing. The Governor raised concerns that those bills could hold the state liable if there was an accident resulting in the adherence to the requirements of the two previous bills.

Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, along with other lawmakers opposed the bill, saying that it would be too difficult for drivers to accurately judge a 3-foot distance while driving.

Bradford’s spokesman, Matt Stauffer, said in an interview with the local NBC affiliate that the overall aim is to remind drivers and cyclists that they have a responsibility to behave safely on the road and that case-by-case enforcement will be up to the local police.

Violating new 3-foot requirement would be punishable by fines starting at $35. If passing results in a crash that injures the cyclist, the driver could face a $220 fine.

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Source: NBC Bay Area

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28Nov/13Off

Thomas Howard, Former NFL linebacker, dies in high-speed car crash

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Thomas Howard (Source: Wikipedia)

Thomas Howard, 30, died last week after a high-speed car crash near his home in Alameda, Calif.

Howard was recently playing for the Atlanta Falcons, but was released from the team earlier this month.

The Oakland Raiders drafted Howard out of Texas-El Paso in 2006. He played five years for the Raiders.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau and spokesperson Dan Hill of the California Highway Patrol said in an interview with USA Today that according to witnesses the incident began when the BMW Howard was seen in was traveling about 100-110 miles per hour.

The witnesses said the driver of the BMW lost control of the car. The car then collided with the rear of a semi-truck. The force of the impact with the truck hurtled the BMW into oncoming traffic where it struck two more vehicles before coming to a rest.

Howard and he driver of the BMW, Zeng Long Liu, 64, of Hayward, Calif., were both pronounced dead at the scene.

After playing the Raiders through 2010, Howard signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played for Cincinnati in 2011 and 2012. Last month he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and was active for two games.

“It is shocking and very sad,” Texas-El Paso athletics director Bob Stull said about Howard on the school’s sports department web site.

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26Nov/13Off

Car crash and false report of a weapon scare LAX travelers

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Los Angeles International Airport (Source: Wikipedia)

Last Friday the combination of a vicious car crash that frightened passengers into thinking gunshots were fired, and the false report of a man with a weapon caused thousands of flight delays at Los Angeles International Airport.

At 7:30 p.m., police received a phone call about possible shots fired near the airport. Upon further investigation, police soon discovered the source of the sound was the result of a car crash outside between Terminals 4 and 5. After hearing the crash, airport travelers began evacuating on their own.

Many people were sensitive to what occurred on Nov. 1, when Paul Anthony Ciancia opened fire in Terminal 3, killing a TSA officer and wounding four others. The sound of the car crash caused slight panic in passengers.

After the car crash, at about 8:20 p.m., crowds were seen gathered outside the airport as police evacuated Terminals 4 and 5 after receiving an anonymous phone call about a man with a gun at gate 45.

Police searched the terminals and found no weapon. Passengers were screened by security before being allowed to reenter the terminals.

About 4,600 passengers were affected by the incidents. Delta and American airlines reported 60 delayed flights.

At this time, no information was available regarding the investigation into the anonymous phone call.

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