The legislation, pushed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, would require states to ban texting or e mailing while operating a moving vehicle or lose 25 percent of their annual federal highway funding.”It’s like driving with your eyes closed,” said Sen.LaHood declined to endorse Schumer’s bill, saying simply that the administration would work with Congress. Many states have questioned the use of so called “sanctions” against states that do not pass laws sought by Congress, especially during tough economic times.”The words ‘federal mandate’ and ‘federal sanctions’ do not play well,” said Bruce Starr, an Oregon state senator who attended the conference.Eighteen states and the federal enclave of Washington, already have passed laws making texting while driving illegal, and seven states and the Washington have banned driving while talking on a handheld cell phone, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.Many safety groups have urged a nationwide ban on using any handheld mobile devices while behind the wheel.The conference attracted families of victims of accidents caused by distracted driving, who urged the government to take a strong stance against cell phone use in vehicles, whether it includes a handsfree device or not.
Fifty miles past the congested freeways of Los Angeles, the picturesque bay is considered home to Southern California’s premier big wave surf spot. Waves here can reach 15 to 20 feet when conditions are just right, due to the unique shape of the ocean floor. A deepwater reef, which coupled with a winter swell creates large waves that break evenly and consistently..
A specially made replacement piece of track was installed over the weekend to fix the issue.Network Rail and have since apologised for the disruption.Designated drivers are being offered free soft drinks from some of Cambridgeshire’s pubs as part of the annual summer drink drive campaign during the FIFA World Cup 2018.Posted at 14:15 8 JunAnglian Water pledges to cut plastic pollutionAnglian Water has made a pledge to help tackle all plastic waste which is not reusable, recyclable or compostable in the East of England by 2030.Getty ImagesIt said it wanted to create a coalition of businesses, manufacturers and retailers to get rid of single use plastics and to stop micro plastics ending up in rivers and seas.The scheme was unveiled this morning in Southend, Essex.Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson said: “We’ve all seen the huge impact single use plastics are having on our environment.”We know a truckload of plastic is entering our oceans every minute, with rivers and watercourses acting as the highways for plastic waste pollution out to sea.”Posted at 13:04 8 JunVirgin for Olympian ticket checkLouis Smith said only his and another black passenger first class tickets were checked.Read morePosted at 16:31 7 JunCambridge Uni publishes open letter on diversitySenior academics at Cambridge University have published an open letter addressing diversity in its admissions policy following criticism.The letter, on the university’s website, said: “In 2017, the University of Cambridge admitted 58 black students. We recognise that this is very low as a proportion of our overall undergraduate entry. But the truly shocking statistic is that this represents a third (33%) of all black students admitted to higher education in the UK that year who attained AAA at A level..