'Messages From Mom' on freeway signs aim to curb distracted driving

Published: Sunday, April 09, 2017 @ 1:36 AM

Drivers, beware: Mom's watching.

According to KTVL, Oregon's freeway signs are lighting up with mom-inspired advice under a state Department of Transportation campaign to put the brakes on distracted driving.

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The project, dubbed "Messages From Mom," includes missives such as, "Drop the phone because I said so, that's why" and "Put the phone away, I'm going to count to 3."

Drivers traveling on Interstate 5 in the southern part of the state will see the messages through the end of the month.

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Uber reveals list of weirdest things left in cars, most forgetful cities

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 5:44 PM

The Uber app on a driver's phone that connects him with people seeking rides. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

People Uber everywhere and often leave things behind, so the ride-share company decided to launch the The Uber Lost & Found Index on Wednesday. 

It details everything from the most common items lost to the most unique ones. It even cites the most forgetful cities and, yes, Florida made the list. 

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The most common left-behind objects are phones, glasses, wallets and sunglasses, but there were also some bizarre items left behind.

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Uber said people forgot a lobster, a smoke machine, a bulletproof vest, an elf cut-out, a Taser, a vacuum, a grill set and 42 other bizarre objects. 

The company also ranked the most forgetful cities in North America. At the top of the list is Los Angeles, followed by New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Toronto and, rounding out the top 10, Dallas.

For reference, it created a video to give users a how-to guide to retrieve items lost in an Uber:

Surge of aging drivers poses new challenge on the road

Published: Friday, November 04, 2016 @ 1:02 PM
Updated: Friday, November 04, 2016 @ 1:02 PM

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Encouraging older loved ones to give up their car keys can be one of the most difficult discussions for families.

With aging baby boomers, data show that those conversations will be happening more frequently in the coming years. By the year 2030, more than 50 million eligible drivers will be over 65.

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The nation's aging driving population brought together the government's top auto-safety experts Thursday in Washington for a meeting by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Advocates and government officials were looking to find the best ways to educate people on the challenges that older drivers face, including understanding if their keys need to be taken away.

"It's a very difficult decision, and a lot of people don't want to make that decision," said Harris Blackwood, of the Georgia governor's Office of Highway Safety. "We want to make sure that those on the road are safe, have cognizant abilities and are not endangering themselves or others."

Blackwood said many states face difficulties in expanding transportation options for non-drivers outside urban areas.

"The big concern is making sure they have an alternative form of transportation, and in Georgia, unfortunately, we don't have (many) intrastate transportation alternatives," Blackwood said. "It's not a Georgia problem, it's an everywhere problem."

Auto group AAA says older drivers are among the safest on the roads. Data shows that they wear seat belts and usually do not speed, but they remain second only to teenagers in the number of fatal crashes each years.

Jonathan Adkins at the governor's Highway Safety Association said intersection crashes are a major issue for older drivers. He said the solution could be found in embracing new technology, including ride-sharing options like Uber and Lyft, or eventually autonomous driving vehicles.

"Driving is freedom, especially for generations in the past," Adkins said. "Technology can provide a lot of the solutions and help us get around and do it safely."

The meeting of auto safety experts was held at the Department of Transportation as part of a discussion on the future of transportation.

Starbucks is now Delta’s in-flight coffee

Published: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 3:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 @ 3:07 PM

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Starbucks drinkers can now get their coffee fix in one more place: at 35,000 feet on any Delta Air Lines flight.

Delta as of this month is serving Starbucks Pike Place Roast on all of its flights worldwide, replacing Seattle’s Best Coffee.

Atlanta-based Delta did not disclose terms of the deal, but said it costs more to serve Starbucks as its complimentary in-flight coffee instead of Seattle’s Best. The airline said the move is part of its ongoing upgrade of in-flight service.

Delta previously served Starbucks only on transcontinental flights and San Francisco-Los Angeles shuttle flights, but on Feb. 1 expanded Starbucks to its entire route network. The switch is not a change in vendor, however, since Starbucks owns Seattle’s Best.

Plane skids off the runway at LaGuardia Airport

Published: Thursday, March 05, 2015 @ 11:29 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 05, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

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A plane skidded off the icy runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York Thursday morning.

As always, Twitter was the first to react.