Bridgegate Defendants Exonerated But Law Suit Remains
Bridgegate Defendants Exonerated In Blocking Traffic But Law Suit Remains; Civil Torts Class Action Suit Inspired by Law Professor Still in PlayQ1 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreWASHINGTON, D.C. (May 8, 2020) - The U.S. Supreme Court may have unanimously reversed the Bridgegate convictions of two New Jerseyofficials responsible for creating massive traffic jams on and around the George Washington bridge, but they must still face justice in a civil law suit which I helped inspire, said public interest law professor John Banzhaf.The justices concluded that "for no reason" other tha...
Seattle closing 6 more miles of streets to vehicle traffic to make space for pedestrians, bicyclists
SEATTLE — Six more miles of residential streets in Seattle will be closed to vehicle traffic to create space for pedestrians and bicyclists.The closures in the Greenwood, Othello, Rainier Beach, Beacon Hill and Central District neighborhoods begin on Friday.Last week, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) closed about 2.5 miles of streets in the Central District and West Seattle to most drivers.The city’s Stay Healthy Streets program aims to close about 15 miles of streets across Seattle in the coming weeks to nonessential vehicle traffic to give more space for pedestrians and bicycl...
The Seattle Times
Speeders take over empty roads — with fatal consequences
As Americans remain at home, many roads in cities, suburbs and rural areas are practically deserted. But the absence of traffic is a seductive draw for one type of driver: speeders.“People are saying, ‘Wow, the roads are wide open. There’s no one here but me,’” said Pam Shadel Fischer, a senior director at the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices. “We’re seeing incredibly crazy, off-the-chart speed and aggressiveness.”Daily vehicle traffic dropped by two-thirds nationally from March 1 through April 10, according to StreetLight Data, a San Francisc...
Mizzou defensive lineman Antar Thompson arrested, suspended
Missouri senior defensive lineman Antar Thompson was arrested by MU police Sunday night for resisting arrest and operating a motor vehicle in a careless manner from an incident that occurred earlier in the weekend.Around 9 p.m. on Friday, an MUPD officer tried to stop Thompson, 25, for a traffic violation and he failed to stop, MUPD’s Sara Diedrich said in an email. Just 10 minutes earlier, a different MUPD officer had stopped Thompson for speeding.Due to officers knowing the identity of the driver, the brief pursuit was abandoned, Diedrich said. Thompson was taken into custody without inciden...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fatal crashes surge despite sharp drop in traffic across Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — State officials say they have seen a troubling surge in traffic fatalities even though Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order last month targeting the coronavirus has sharply reduced travel by motorists across Minnesota.There have been 24 fatal crashes in Minnesota from March 16, when Walz’s initial imposition on commerce took effect, through Tuesday, according to the state Office of Traffic Safety.For the same time period last year, the fatal crash total was 12, while that number was 13 in 2018 and 16 in 2017.State Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank said last week that troopers were noticing a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Man faces attempted murder charge after fleeing COVID-19 checkpoints, police say
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After trying to drive through two coronavirus checkpoints and crashing into three police vehicles in a pickup truck, a Fort Lauderdale man is facing charges that include attempted murder.John Michael Toomey, 27, fled police, sped the wrong way on Federal Highway and crashed head-on into a Broward Sheriff’s Office patrol car in Dania Beach, putting himself and a deputy in the hospital, according to the arrest report.It all started about 12:16 a.m. March 23 when Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Khanamirian tried to conduct a traffic stop in Dania Beach but Toomey sped away ...
With relaxed rules, truckers find themselves kings of the road as coronavirus erases traffic
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In this upside-down coronavirus world, commercial truck drivers suddenly find themselves kings of the road.The federal government has given haulers of key goods a green light by dropping some long-standing restrictions on work hours. And truckers report their job, in a bizarre way, is easier than ever: Congestion on California’s notorious freeways has disappeared because so many commuters are at home under state and local orders to shelter in place.The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says truckers of essential goods such as healthcare supplies and food supplies...
The Sacramento Bee
Traffic eases off at Central Area as FCT minister commissions southern parkway
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, on Monday, commissioned the one-way directional road traffic on the Southern Parkway in the Federal Capital City, Abuja.Conducting journalists round major points of the road, Malam Bello said, “This is one particular project on which we have spent enormous amount of time and resources, because without completing this project, the northern and southern sectors of Abuja would not be connected. We’ve allowed two-way traffic movement for the last few months just to allow construction to continue. But we have reached a ...
Traffic saved Indonesian man from doomed Lion Air flight
Jakarta (AFP) - An Indonesian man has described how Jakarta's notorious traffic inadvertently saved his life on Monday after he arrived too late to catch the doomed Lion Air plane which plunged into the sea minutes after taking off.Sony Setiawan, an official in Indonesia's finance ministry, had meant to be on board the ill-fated flight JT610, a journey he and his colleagues caught on a weekly basis.But while his friends battled their way through Jakarta's daily congestion to make the flight, Sony found himself stuck on a toll road for hours."I usually take (flight) JT610 -- my friends and I al...
Bernie Sanders Saves Law Student Amy Currotto From Getting Hit By Traffic
Not everyone gets to meet their heroes, but even fewer people have their lives saved by them. Amy Currotto, a student at University District Columbia of Law, says Sen. Bernie Sanders kept her from being hit by a car on Wednesday.While on her way to a guitar lesson, the 26-year-old says she accidentally wandered into oncoming traffic.“I was crossing the intersection and walking into oncoming traffic, which I didn’t because I was really focused on mentally preparing for my lesson,” she told People. “ I just heard Bernie Sanders call out to me, ‘Ma’am! Ma’am! Get off the street!’”SLIDESHOW: DONAL...