You Can't Even Sneak An Imported Weed Wacker Past U.S. Customs

If you still need convincing that the EPA does not fuck around with emissions compliance for imported vehicles; know that they just deported some 700 generators, ATVs, "mini trucks," and other assorted small motors for not being up to American standards.
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This Company Wants To Give You $5,000 For Driving Off-Road

Jeep parts manufacturer Omix-ADA is writing grants for organizations that "helping to advance the off-road hobby" through its Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program. Get your shit together and come up with idea for making America a better place to off-road, and they'll give you five grand to get it done! » 12/09/14 3:05pm 12/09/14 3:05pm

There's One Law Keeping Pickup Trucks From Getting Popular In China

Beijing's 2003 Road Traffic Safety Law granted local governments the prerogative of whether or not to allow pickup trucks on their streets. All they have to do is classify them as commercial vehicles, and bar them from entering. Interestingly many did, nipping a potential Chinese truck market in the bud. » 11/11/14 3:12pm 11/11/14 3:12pm

California Highway Patrol: 'Lane-Splitting Is Not Inherently Dangerous'

The California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic commissioned UC Berkeley to study the safety affects of motorcycles riding between lanes in traffic, and found it adds no explicit danger to motorcycling in general. » 10/23/14 2:38pm 10/23/14 2:38pm

Is McLaren Trying To Keep Imported 12Cs Out Of The US?

In yet another case study in how cars are imported into the United States, a strange letter from McLaren makes it appear that the company could by trying to keep imported 12Cs out of the country in an effort to control supply. That, or American auto import regulations are even more absurd than you think. » 4/03/14 1:48pm 4/03/14 1:48pm

Petition To Import Ferrari 599 GTOs Shows Absurdity Of US Import Laws

There's a new petition sitting on the desk of the National Highway and Safety Administration to import extra Ferrari 599 GTOs into the United States. It is without a doubt pointless and uneccessary, but it happens to serve as an excellent explanation of the absurd import laws keeping some of the weirdest, coolest,… » 3/21/14 4:00pm 3/21/14 4:00pm

Missouri Homeowner's Association Bans Pickup Trucks From Driveways

Like many of us, teenager Matt Perry worked his ass off at crappy jobs to buy his first truck— this beautiful 1965 Ford F-100. But the Wildwood, Missouri subdivision he lives in does not share our appreciation for pickups. In fact, they've made it a fineable offense to park them outside. » 3/12/14 12:30pm 3/12/14 12:30pm

The Most Ridiculous Weather-Related Traffic Laws

Congressman Saves California OHV Area From Military Takeover

The Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area has been spared from government acquisition thanks to an initiative spearheaded by Congressman Paul Cook. » 12/20/13 12:00pm 12/20/13 12:00pm

Biker Protesting Helmet Laws Dies of Head Injuries from Crash

Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., died in a motorcycle crash on Saturday after losing control of his bike and going head-first over the handlebars. He was "participating in a motorcycle helmet protest ride." » 7/03/11 4:30pm 7/03/11 4:30pm

The Fireworks Laws of Every State

If you were curious exactly how much fireworks fun you're legally allowed to have tomorrow—or how far you'll have to travel to buy the good stuff—look no further than this handy map of state-by-state fireworks legality. UPDATED: » 7/04/10 10:45am 7/04/10 10:45am

The US Atlas Of Texting-While-Driving Laws

Driving requires constant attention — yet people are seemingly spending more time staring at iPhones to text friends. It's dangerous and that's why it's becoming illegal in more states. A guide to where and how the laws work below. » 7/13/09 1:30pm 7/13/09 1:30pm

Detroit Lawmaker Proposes Texting-While-Driving Ban, Angers Youth

A Detroit legislator is trying for the second time to put a stop to texting while driving in Michigan, pursuing legislation levying a misdemeanor and hefty fine on perpetrators. » 3/20/09 5:30pm 3/20/09 5:30pm

Teenage Drivers Ignore Cell Phone Driving Bans, Arby's, Zune

A study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reiterates a fact made apparent by James Dean in the classic Rebel Without A Cause: teenagers are some rebellious bastards (for no apparent cause). In 2006, a law was enacted in North Carolina that completely banned persons under the age of 18 from using… » 6/11/08 6:40pm 6/11/08 6:40pm

The Science Behind Cell Phone Use While Driving

Not a day goes by without a local news report discussing the dangers of driving while talking on a cell phone, but now researchers at the University of South Carolina are taking things one step further by analyzing what goes on in the brain that makes cell phone use while driving so damn dangerous. A series of… » 6/02/08 2:40pm 6/02/08 2:40pm

California To Allow Windshield-Mounted GPS, Finally

California is really going balls to the wall with laws regarding driver distractions. The hands-free requirement is inching closer to being implemented and that animal petting law is still going through the ringer. But in an odd move, California is now proposing a law that would allow drivers to have… » 5/22/08 3:20pm 5/22/08 3:20pm

Get Caught Speeding In Canada, Endure A Lecture From The Teen Girl Squad

Michel Foucault's Discipline & Punishment focuses on the transition into the modern system of punishment, away from public embarrassment into a gentler and more measured approach. We Americans welcome Canada into the league of nations going the other direction. Speeders in Oshawa, Ontario are now being given the… » 5/16/08 2:00pm 5/16/08 2:00pm

Driving While Petting Soon To Be Illegal

California Assemblyman Bill Maze is proposing a new law that would make driving with an animal in your lap illegal and punishable by a $35 fine. The law passed through the California Assembly this week and will be making its way to the Senate. It's a pretty obvious that those crazy old cougars that drive around with… » 5/07/08 1:40pm 5/07/08 1:40pm

HOV-Lane Hybrid Smackdown, Buckeye Edition

Hey Ohioans! If you bought that hybrid SUV with the sole purpose of being able to vroom down the HOV lane with hulking impunity, it's time to break out the Kleenex because state Rep. Todd Kiser is about to seriously hurt your feelings. Kiser, a Republican, has sponsored legislation that will compel Ohio comply with a… » 2/04/08 1:00pm 2/04/08 1:00pm

Captain Obvious Of The Day: ABC News Says Speed Cameras Work

Two years after the first speed-limit enforcement cameras were installed in the Arizona hamlet of Scottsdale, ABC News decided to send three of its crack journalists on a mission to aggressively investigate whether they work. The answer? Yes! Wow—Lisa Stark, John Parkinson and Imaeyen Ibanga, your dedication and… » 1/31/08 4:00pm 1/31/08 4:00pm