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, best … » 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 2:46pm 3/12/14 2:46pm

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

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 windshield-mounted … » 5/22/08 3:20pm 5/22/08 3:20pm

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

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 choice… » 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

Allstate Really Wants To Own Repair Shops, Goes To Supremes

Those who thought they were in good hands with Allstate may not have noticed those hands were jacking them off. Insurance company Allstate owns a stake in body shops across the country through company Sterling Autobody Centers. This didn't go over well in Texas where a law was passed to stop this obviously horrible… » 1/09/08 2:15pm 1/09/08 2:15pm

Texting While Driving Law Goes In Effect Today In Washington State,…

OMG! Whatever you have to tell your BFF Payal better wait as the police in Washington State are now empowered to ticket your ass. A law designed to curb composing text messages went into effect on Tuesday. Penalties range from $124 for a driver texting or emailing to $175 if that texting leads to an accident. IMHO,… » 1/03/08 9:45am 1/03/08 9:45am

Rules Of The Road: Jalopnik Guide To Cell Phone Usage Laws

(The 10th amendment of the US Constitution created a patchwork quilt of state laws related to driving, which is why Jalopnik sorts through the red tape to bring you detailed guides to driving topics such as teenage driving, speed limits, open containers, dehorsing and lemon laws.)

We we're tempted to just limit this… » 12/28/07 12:15pm 12/28/07 12:15pm

Rules of the Road: Understanding Emissions Laws

It's probably safe to assume by looking at the writing staff and reading the comments from this site that more than a few Jalopniks are driving some slightly used vehicles of various vintages in various forms of disrepair. It's in this spirit that we take a deeper look at how emissions laws work, why the exist and what … » 11/30/07 2:45pm 11/30/07 2:45pm