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Posted 4 years ago in Government Traffic tickets and accidents by Aaron Kase  
Florida Enacts Ban on Texting While Driving

A new texting while driving law was enacted in Florida recently, but critics say that the measure lacks teeth. The law, which came into effect on Oct. 1, is a secondary offense, meaning police cannot pull over drivers unless they commit another infraction in addition to texting. At that point, the officer can write a $30 ticket for the phone use for a first offense.  The law does not address phone calls, allows for use of GPS while driving and …

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Posted 4 years ago in Traffic tickets and accidents by Aaron Kase  
Drivers Can’t Use Map Apps on Road, California Court Rules

Perfect timing for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month: A California appeals court has ruled that using a map application on a smartphone is just as much in violation of the state’s distracted driving laws as using the phone to place a call or write a text message. Steven Spriggs, 58, was using his phone’s GPS map looking for a way to avoid a traffic jam in 2012 when he was pulled over by a motorcycle cop and issued a ticket for $160. Spriggs …

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Posted 5 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

Neighbors win $2.3 million for smelly garbage dump A jury awarded several South Carolina residents $2.3 million for having to put up with a  huge landfill in their neighborhood. Most of the award – $1.8 million – was meant to punish the company. Six residents of Bishopville, S.C. sued waste management company Lee County Landfill, a division of Republic Services, for harm and nuisance caused by the noxious odors emanating from the garbage dump. Republic Services is worth more than …

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