Author: Brett Tingley

Wyoming Votes Down Law to Put Texting Drivers in Prison

Distracted driving has become the biggest public safety issue of our time. Many drivers – and yes, I’m talking about you – don’t realize just how dangerous it is to use their phones while operating a deadly motor vehicle. You might tell yourself that you’re a safe driver and your brain can handle both tasks, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong. Or maybe just soon-to-be-dead wrong. Distracted driving has become the leading cause of auto death in many states, and legislators around the country are passing laws to punish drivers who just can’t put their stupid phones down and concentrate...

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Uber is Selling a Large Part of Its Business to Grab

Things are looking uber bad for Uber. The ride sharing app might have been one of the first big names to establish itself on the ride-sharing scene, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Uber is the best at what it does. Drivers have accused the company of unfair practices, while Uber’s leadership has undergone a few tumultuous shake-ups after a series of scandals and controversies surrounding its executives. While Uber is doing its best to settle these disputes and rebrand itself with new leadership at the helm, rumors have it that Uber could be selling a large portion of its...

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Underage Driving is Up And Of Course Video Games Are Being Blamed

Any time anything happens with the kids it’s always video games, isn’t it? Teen violence is up? Obesity on the rise? Kids stomping on turtles, breaking bricks with their heads, and eating mushrooms? You guessed it: video games. Now, a new report published by the BBC claims that our beloved games are leading to more and more children getting behind the wheel without a license. Is this more anti-game fear mongering, or is there something going on here? Traffic arrest data obtained by the BBC show that underage driving arrests in the UK rose from 696 in 2014 to...

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The Transportation Barrier is Keeping Many Americans in Poverty

Driving – and driving well – takes a great amount of skill and muscle memory which must be learned through practice. Luckily, there is an American institution designed to help people learn how to drive once they come of driving age: driver’s education classes. Unfortunately, as state funding for driver’s ed has dried up, many lower-income teens and minorities are being priced out of learning how to drive, greatly restricting their social mobility and putting them at greater danger on the road. For decades, driver’s ed was offered through public school systems, meaning it was made available to all...

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Minnesota’s Drunkest Driver Gets 28th DWI and 2 Years Behind Bars

A mighty hero has fallen. Or is it unrepentant supervillain? I think the latter, actually. Danny Lee Betcher, the man the Star Tribune refers to as Minnesota’s “Drunk Driving King,” has been arrested on his twenty-eighth DWI charge. Amazingly, the 65-year-old Betcher held a valid license at the time of his most recent arrest. Is it time for Minnesota to take a hard look at the case of the Drunk Driving King and revise its DWI laws? Betcher got number twenty-eight in September after leaving the VFW hall in his hometown of New York Mills, Minnesota and pled guilty...

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