DRIVERS - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/DRIVERS News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) NASCAR: Tony Stewart claims pole in Texas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57777551-77/stewart-pole-final-keselowski.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57777551-77/stewart-pole-final-keselowski.html.csp">NASCAR: Tony Stewart claims pole in Texas</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By jenna fryer</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-05T22:59:59.977-06:00">Updated Apr 5, 2014 10:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Fort Worth, Texas • Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying ended Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart waited right until the end of the final round to attempt his lap and circled the speedway at 195.454 mph to grab the top starting spot for Sunday’s race. It’s Stewart’s 15th career pole and first since Atlanta in 2012. “It was cool. I’m not normally a qualifier,” Stewart said. Keselowski made his attempt earlier in the session and turned his lap at 195.419. He was...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577775512014-04-05T22:59:59.977-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-05T22:59:59.977-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57777551@www.sltrib.com Sat, 05 Apr 2014 22:59:59 MDT NASCAR puts pressure of preserving tires on teams http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57771718-77/teams-tire-goodyear-nascar.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57771718-77/teams-tire-goodyear-nascar.html.csp">NASCAR puts pressure of preserving tires on teams</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JENNA FRYER</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> AP Auto Racing Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-03T21:37:05.147-06:00">Updated Apr 3, 2014 09:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Fort Worth, Texas • NASCAR will not regulate tire pressures at Texas Motor Speedway, and if drivers have tire failures during Sunday’s race officials believe they won’t be able to blame Goodyear. Hoping to give more control over setups and strategy to race teams, NASCAR is refusing to get involved in monitoring whether teams choose to follow recommendations set each week by Goodyear. There were multiple tire issues at California two weeks ago, and many drivers tried to blame the product Goodyea...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577717182014-04-03T21:37:05.147-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-03T21:37:05.147-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57771718@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:37:05 MDT Utah Transit Authority to use video-based safety program for drivers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57755050-79/drivers-smartdrive-based-program.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57755050-79/drivers-smartdrive-based-program.html.csp">Utah Transit Authority to use video-based safety program for drivers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Vince Horiuichi</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T16:42:02.253-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 04:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah Transit Authority has teamed with San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems to use its video-based operator performance and safety program to help train its employees to be better drivers. The system, which will be installed the middle of this year, uses vehicle recorders to capture videos and data as drivers work their daily routes. The videos are then sent to the company’s SmartDrive Review Center where specialists review them for training for drivers. The system will be deployed for UTA’s 600 b...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57755050@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:42:02 MDT Wyo. cites more out of state drivers for speeding http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57725100-68/state-drivers-wyoming-speeding.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57725100-68/state-drivers-wyoming-speeding.html.csp">Wyo. cites more out of state drivers for speeding</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-24T23:12:03.624-06:00">Updated Mar 24, 2014 11:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Casper, Wyo. • The Wyoming Highway Patrol hands out nearly twice as many speeding tickets to out-of-state drivers as it does to in-state motorists, but the administrator of the patrol says the agency doesn’t target drivers from outside Wyoming. An analysis by the Casper Star-Tribune shows that the Wyoming Highway Patrol handed out just over 21,000 speeding tickets to state residents in 2012 while writing nearly 40,000 to drivers from elsewhere in the country. In 2011, the patrol issued 22,000 sp...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577251002014-03-24T23:12:03.624-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-24T23:12:03.624-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57725100@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:12:03 MDT Letter: Could awful Utah driving habits be linked to high rate of mental illness? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57698099-82/mental-illness-utah-driving.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57698099-82/mental-illness-utah-driving.html.csp">Letter: Could awful Utah driving habits be linked to high rate of mental illness?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T01:01:03.176-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Having lived in several states, I’ve witnessed reckless driving habits of countless individuals from all walks of life, but I have yet to see a group of drivers as reckless, nay repulsive, as the ones I have seen here in this great state. After reading about our high rate of mental illness, the highest in the nation, actually, I thought that maybe the two were linked in some sort of way (“Two faces of Utah: Healthy but mentally ill,” Tribune, March 16). Does the “Awe, $?@! it” attitude of a lo...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57698099@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT Utah sees 15% DUI arrest reduction for St. Pat’s Day http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57698853-78/dui-utah-arrest-troopers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57698853-78/dui-utah-arrest-troopers.html.csp">Utah sees 15% DUI arrest reduction for St. Pat’s Day</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-18T20:59:49.704-06:00">Updated Mar 18, 2014 08:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah Highway Patrol troopers used more than 100 overtime shifts to crack down on DUI and impaired drivers over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. UHP troopers arrested 63 drivers for DUI and wrote 43 citations for other alcohol violations, according to a UHP news release. Troopers also made a total of 3,662 traffic stops, 1,527 of which were for speeding. They investigated 135 crashes, including two fatalities. The enforcement was done statewide, along with partnership agencies that provided DUI ch...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57698853@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:59:49 MDT Utah Highway Patrol plans DUI blitz for St. Patrick’s Day weekend http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57681757-78/utah-uhp-highway-alcohol.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57681757-78/utah-uhp-highway-alcohol.html.csp">Utah Highway Patrol plans DUI blitz for St. Patrick’s Day weekend</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Bob Mims</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T21:44:53.804-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 09:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Drink and drive this St. Patrick’s Day weekend and you may find yourself not only wearin’ the green, but a pair of Utah Highway Patrol handcuffs. UHP spokesman Dwayne Baird says troopers will be out in force in the days leading up to Monday’s Irish holiday. In all, 75 additional extra shifts have been allocated to crack down on drunk drivers by UHP alone. The Utah Highway Safety Office also is underwriting some 300 overtime shifts for other law enforcement agencies to keep roadways safe from ov...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57681757@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:44:53 MDT Letter: Distracted-driving bill doesn’t go far enough http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57676804-82/bill-driving-drivers-orem.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57676804-82/bill-driving-drivers-orem.html.csp">Letter: Distracted-driving bill doesn’t go far enough</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-14T01:01:03.226-06:00">Updated Mar 14, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As a constant advocate for hands-on driving, I felt that this year the state Legislature had moved into the world of reality. Finally SB253 would not only forbid texting but ban entirely the use of a hand-held phone. Not so fast. The bill was watered down in committee. No surprise. Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, said she voted against the bill because it does not create a delineation of what drivers can and cannot do (“Senate OKs bill targeting distracted driving,” Tribune, March 11). Eliminat...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57676804@www.sltrib.com Fri, 14 Mar 2014 01:01:03 MDT New drivers may face extra test http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57662623-90/exam-test-written-driving.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57662623-90/exam-test-written-driving.html.csp">New drivers may face extra test</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-11T20:35:33.687-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 08:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New drivers may soon have to take an additional written test before they receive their first full driver license. The House voted 73-0 Monday to pass HB206, and sent it to the Senate. Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, the bill’s sponsor, said currently a 15-year-old seeking a license takes a short written exam before obtaining a learner’s permit, and eventually takes a driving exam after practice. The bill would also require a final written exam, which could be taken online. He said it would be desig...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57662623@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:35:33 MDT Senate OKs bill targeting distracted driving http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57660366-90/bill-car-dialing-drivers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57660366-90/bill-car-dialing-drivers.html.csp">Senate OKs bill targeting distracted driving</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Amy McDonald</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T20:02:41.965-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 08:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A year ago, Leslee Henson and her husband were struck by a car while walking in St. George — an accident caused by a driver who was texting. Her husband was killed instantly and she sustained fractures to her neck and back, plus head trauma that she said led to 5,000 stitches and staples in her skull and separated nerves in her eyes. She sat in the state Capitol to watch the Utah Senate pass SB253s1, a bill that would tighten laws against using cellphones while driving. The bill passed with a 1...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57660366@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:02:41 MDT Colorado cabbies protest rideshare services http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57647284-79/ridesharing-uber-drivers-companies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57647284-79/ridesharing-uber-drivers-companies.html.csp">Colorado cabbies protest rideshare services</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By IVAN MORENO and RAY HENRY</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-07T09:46:01.753-06:00">Updated Mar 7, 2014 09:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Denver • Frustrated and angry, more than 100 cabbies pulled up outside the Colorado Statehouse early this legislative session to protest tech startups known as ridesharing services. The taxi drivers say the emerging firms, which allow passengers to hail rides with the swipe of a smartphone, are avoiding costly requirements that they and other commercial drivers are forced to follow. Ridesharing company officials say they’re open to regulation and point to self-imposed controls such as criminal b...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57647284@www.sltrib.com Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:46:01 MDT NASCAR: Keselowski takes pole in Phoenix http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57615173-77/qualifying-keselowski-lap-nascar.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57615173-77/qualifying-keselowski-lap-nascar.html.csp">NASCAR: Keselowski takes pole in Phoenix</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">THE ASSOCIATED PRESS</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-28T20:08:23.939-06:00">Updated Feb 28, 2014 08:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Avondale, Ariz. • Brad Keselowski earned the pole at Phoenix International Raceway after making it through NASCAR’s new knockout-style qualifying Friday. Keselowski had a fast lap of 139.384 mph, turning the mile oval in 25.828 seconds to earn a spot on the front row next to Joey Logano for Sunday’s 312-mile race. Jamie McMurray qualified third, defending Sprint Cup champion was fourth and Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start fifth next to Greg Biffle. NASCAR made numerous change...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57615173@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:08:23 MDT Bill advances to help enforce ban on texting while driving http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57613181-90/ban-bill-drivers-driving.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57613181-90/ban-bill-drivers-driving.html.csp">Bill advances to help enforce ban on texting while driving</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lee Davidson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-28T23:21:23.112-06:00">Updated Feb 28, 2014 11:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A bill to make it easier to enforce Utah’s ban on texting while driving advanced Friday, but lawmakers warned it eventually will die unless it is changed because it comes close now to entirely banning use of hand-held phones while driving. The Senate Transportation Committee voted 2-1 to send SB253 to the full Senate. Bill sponsor Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, said when drivers are pulled over for texting now, they often claim they were instead doing such legal activities as dialing in a p...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57613181@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:21:23 MDT Study: Accident rates for older drivers are improving http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57573402-68/drivers-older-age-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57573402-68/drivers-older-age-percent.html.csp">Study: Accident rates for older drivers are improving</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOAN LOWY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-20T18:24:08.773-06:00">Updated Feb 20, 2014 06:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong. Today’s drivers aged 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations and are less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, according to a study released Thursday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s because v...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-575734022014-02-20T18:24:08.773-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-20T18:24:08.773-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57573402@www.sltrib.com Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:24:08 MDT Letter: Vehicles with poor gas mileage should pay more for pollution costs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57541486-82/gas-mileage-pay-vehicles.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57541486-82/gas-mileage-pay-vehicles.html.csp">Letter: Vehicles with poor gas mileage should pay more for pollution costs</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-15T08:04:58.818-06:00">Updated Feb 15, 2014 08:04AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In response to HB74 sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow, I will gladly pay additional registration fees to help fund road maintenance as a result of my higher-gas-mileage vehicle paying fewer taxes at the pump (“Is charging alt-fuel drivers more good for roads or bad for the air? ”Tribune, Feb. 7). All I ask in return is that low-gas-mileage vehicles have higher registration fees to help pay for their share of related medical costs due to increased pollution. Myron Willson Salt Lake City</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57541486@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:04:58 MDT