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Super Bowl Sunday a risky time to drive

DUI crashes in California are 75 percent more likely to happen on Super Bowl Sunday than on regular Sundays in January and February, a study finds. That figure from an analysis of fatal and injury crashes from 2002 to 2011 was much higher than a similar study covering 1994 to 2002 that found a 41 percent increase in DUI crashes, reported the Automobile Club of Southern California, which conducted both studies. The studies excluded holiday weekends of New Year’s, Presidents… Read More »

More ignoring state ban on texting while driving

Here’s an interesting story from the Associated Press that probably won’t surprise anyone: LOS ANGELES (AP) — More California drivers are texting behind the wheel despite a state ban. The Automobile Club of Southern California says a sampling of 4,000 vehicles in Orange County found 2.7 percent of the drivers were observed texting. That’s twice the rate surveyed in January 2009, when the state’s ban went into effect. Young women — 4.3 percent — are most likely to be texting… Read More »