As City Reopens, De Blasio’s ‘Better Buses’ Plan Stuck in Traffic
Mayor de Blasio on the bus (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)Early in June, when New York City was just entering phase one of its economic “reopening” and the city still had daily triple-digit coronavirus death counts, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious plan, the Better Bus Restart Initiative, to add 20 more miles of bus lanes and five new busways by October, in addition to making the 14th Street busway permanent. While this plan, offered during a unique opportunity to rethink city street use, did not go as far as many public officials and advocates would have liked, it was a si...
The Gotham Gazette
Police 'pretext' traffic stops need to end, some lawmakers say
WASHINGTON — On a family vacation in Virginia in 2017, Democratic Maryland state Del. Charles E. Sydnor III was driving in the left lane on a nearly empty, unfamiliar highway when a state trooper pulled him over.Sydnor’s wife and three daughters — ages 9, 10 and 13 — were in the car.“Are you going to jail?” one of his girls asked.The trooper said Sydnor, who is Black, had been driving too slowly. A new Virginia law made driving slowly in the left lane a primary offense, meaning an officer could pull over and ticket the motorist.Sydnor, then 44, explained he was following his sister and her fam...
Driver stopped for speeding was running load of moonshine in gallon jugs, NC cops say
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina is legendary for home brewed liquor — known as moonshine — and the N.C. State Highway Patrol says it found proof the illicit industry is still going strong during a traffic stop.A motorist pulled over for allegedly speeding in Cumberland County, about 70 miles south of Raleigh, was hauling 20 gallons of “suspected moonshine,” according to a release. Authorities say a gun was also found in the car.The department posted a photo of the load on Facebook, showing it was being transported in gallon plastic jugs, a modern innovation when compared to the rustic clay ju...
The Charlotte Observer
A Pennsylvania county voted for Obama twice. But it's 'Trump Country' now
EXETER, Pa. — As traffic made its way down Schooley Avenue on Tuesday, the giant Trump signs on Jeff Davis’ porch were impossible to miss. “Make America Great Again,” one read. “No more bulls —,” proclaimed another.Vice President Mike Pence would hold a rally down the road a few hours later in this former coal mining town, but Davis wasn’t going. He suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and says his immune system is “down to nothing.” Standing on his front lawn, Davis, 57, motioned to his wife and daughter on the porch.“I’m still very leery on the COVID thing,” he said. “Mostly, they go food shopp...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Vehicle recall information sent right to your phone? NHTSA says it's got an app for you
DETROIT — Last year, 53 million vehicles, car seats, tires and equipment were recalled, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.But a portion of those defects, and those reported this year and earlier, likely won’t get fixed. That means vehicles with potentially dangerous problems might remain on the roads, putting lives in danger. A 2017 Detroit Free Press story put the number of unrepaired vehicles under recall at 30%.NHTSA, however, is launching a tool, a smartphone app, that could put a dent in the number of unrepaired vehicles and make it easier to find out whether...
Detroit Free Press
Lagos Government To Divert Traffic At Ojota From Saturday For Four Weeks
Lagos State government has announced a traffic diversion on the Ojota axis of Lagos-Ikorodu Road to enable reconstruction works along the corridor for the next four weeks.The diversion is to be effective from 6.00 a.m on Saturday, 28th August, to Friday, 25th September 2020.According to a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederick Oladeinde, the diversion became necessary in order to allow the contractor handling the rehabilitation works continue with the next phase of the project without hindrances.The ramp descending outbound Oworonshoki Expressway to outboun...
Georgia police shot at teens following traffic stop, investigators say
ATLANTA — Members of a South Georgia community are demanding a thorough investigation after Waycross police opened fire on at least two juveniles during a traffic stop Saturday morning.The officer-involved shooting took place about 8 a.m. after police attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, Georgia Bureau of Investigations spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.Inside the car were five minors, ages 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16, authorities said.As the car approached the children’s home in Waycross, near Walters and Greenwood streets, the three youngest children jumped out and ran, officials said.“A...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Traffic’ll Now Improve Around Allen Avenue, Maryland, Ikotun Axis, Sanwo-Olu Tells Commuters
Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured Lagosians that traffic will now improve around Allen Avenue, Maryland and Ikotun axis in the state following road improvement programme brought about in the areas, stressing that the aim was to reduce journey time and increase productivity.Sanwo-Olu said this at the weekend at the popular Allen Junction on Obafemi Awolowo Way in Ikeja, while monitoring the flow of vehicular traffic at the newly re-designed junction.The governor expressed satisfaction with the new layout of the ever-busy junction, following the removal of a broad roundabo...
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...
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...