Auto Insurance News You May Have Missed Week of December 15th 2014

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month
President Obama has declared December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
With an average of one person losing their life every 51 minutes due to an alcohol-impaired driving crash, this year’s announcement includes a special focus on both the personal and economic costs of drunk driving.
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Thousands of Drivers in D.C. Suburbs Caught Misusing Handicapped Parking Placards
More than 3,000 drivers in Washington, D.C., suburbs have been ticketed for misusing handicapped parking placards since 2012, including some trying to score better parking spots at popular malls and shopping centers.
Source: http://www.nbcwashington.com
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Why Auto Theft is Falling Dramatically
Car theft is down by more than 50 percent compared to 1991, despite a growing population and soaring vehicle registrations, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a non-profit focused on preventing vehicle theft and insurance fraud. Behind the drop are some big changes in how law enforcement investigates crimes and coordinates with insurers, along with new surveillance tools and other anti-theft technologies.
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Chrysler expands airbag recall tally following NHTSA criticism
DETROIT — Chrysler Group has agreed to further expand its regional recall of older-model Dodge and Chrysler vehicles equipped with airbag inflators manufactured by Takata Corp. — a week after federal safety regulators criticized the automaker’s response to the airbag crisis. The automaker says it will replace front passenger-side airbag inflators in 208,783 vehicles that were originally purchased or were ever registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Laws allow police to enforce snowy car issues
The woman stopped in the middle of the busy Queensbury intersection Tuesday morning to clear snow off her windshield. Traffic backed up behind her, and cars slowed and stopped in the oncoming lane as she stood in the road, brushing her car. If a police officer had been nearby, she could have gotten a ticket. State Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 375 bans the operation of a vehicle with an obstructed view. “You have to have a clear view,” said Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Lee Corsones said. State law extends to snow-covered lights, mirrors and license plates as well.
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New law to affect license renewals for elderly drivers
A new law will take effect Jan. 1 that will reduce the age and increase the frequency for elderly drivers in renewing their driver’s license in person. Drivers age 75 years or older will renew in person every five years. Previously, drivers 80 years and up had to stop by the DMV every eight years.
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Connecticut DMV won’t allow three-wheeled vehicle
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has rejected an attempt to vehicle maker Polaris to have its three-wheeled Slingshot classified as a motorcycle.
Polaris was seeking the designation to allow owners to register the vehicles and use them on Connecticut roads.
Source: http://wtnh.com
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