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Voters Turn Away Fuel, Energy Taxes in Several States

Voters in Missouri, Utah, and Washington rejected state ballot measures on Tuesday that would have added new taxes on fuel or energy use by fleet vehicles, while California voters elected to keep increased fuel taxes in place to fund the state's infrastructure.

Wildfires Bring States of Emergency in the West

Certain federal motor carrier regulations have been suspended in some Western states due to large wildfires, as governors have declared officials states of emergency in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and the Dakotas.

A Distracted Driver's Close Call

Traffic enforcement video from an intersection in Lakewood, Wash., shows a distracted driver narrowly missing a transit bus. Washington's new distracted driving law, which bans the use of handheld phones while driving, goes into effect July 23. Video courtesy of the City of Lakewood and TheOlympian.com.

Wash. Toughens Distracted Driving Law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs an anti-distracted driving bill into law and surprises his bill-signing ceremony audience by moving up the effective date to July 23 of this year. Video courtesy of Gov. Inslee's office. For the full story, click here.