The case against the Florida State’s P.J. Williams was dismissed today when video evidence failed to support the details filed in the police report on the night of the arrest earlier this month. The dismissal came just in time for the NFL mock draft later this week.
Self-driving cars are becoming more acceptable to American motorists, according to a survey last October of 1,500 U.S. drivers. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said it was “likely” or “very likely” they would buy a semi-autonomous vehicle for some of their driving. It has already been documented that self-driving cars will lower insurance rates, in much the way as having anti-lock brakes or being an accident-free driver. What was surprising in this survey was that the expectation of lower insurance premiums was the principal reason the drivers gave for purchasing a self-driving car.
Undocumented drivers in Illinois are facing wait times of up to six months–just to get an appointment. Others are driving hours to find an office that can help them more quickly. The Illinois General Assembly passed the undocumented drivers law back in 2012, hoping to license some of the quarter million undocumented residents estimated to live in the Prairie State. Secretary of State Jesse White (whose office administers driver’s licenses in Illinois) said the pace was on the “right track,” noting that his office was given only eight months to prepare for the new program. Illinois is one of 11 states nationwide that issues driver’s licenses to undocumented drivers.
A teen driver program that gradually gives teens full driving privileges is credited with reducing teen driver fatalities by 54.2% in Illinois. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 15 year olds must log 50 driving hours and nine months with a permit before taking the test for their license. After that, they are subject to further time-of-day and passenger restrictions. The National Safety Council recommends a graduated driving program for all teen drivers.
A transgender teen who was forced to remove her makeup for a driver’s license photo at the DMV in South Carolina will now be allowed to wear makeup like any other girl. The change in policy comes with an apology as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed last year by Chase Culpepper, a 17-year-old girl who was born with male anatomy. The decisions highlights the importance of fighting discrimination at DMV–whether directed at a transgender teen or anyone else. Ms. Culpepper attempted to get her driver’s license photo taken last year, but was told she would have to remove her makeup first. DMV cited its policy, which did not mention transgender teens by name. Instead, the policy stated “at no time will an applicant be photographed when it appears that he or she is purposely altering his or her appearance so that the photo would misrepresent his or her identity.” DMV apparently made no effort to explain how the makeup–which Ms. Culpepper wore every day–altered her appearance or misrepresented her identity. New York’s Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund stepped in to try to get DMV to change its position. When DMV refused, the Fund assisted Ms. Culpepper in filing a lawsuit. The policy “lets DMV employees arbitrarily decide how men and women need to look without regard for the rights
William Paul, the son of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), was arrested for DUI last week, Beat DMV has learned. According to Police Spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts in Lexington, William Paul, 22, was cited last week for DUI after hitting a parked car. He was treated for minor injuries at the University of Kentucky hospital and released. According to the citation, Lexington police found Paul in the driver’s seat of the truck after it collided with a parked vehicle. The report said William Paul was “belligerent” and had “a strong odor of alcohol,” bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a blood test, according to the citation. This is not the first time William Paul has had trouble with alcohol. In January, 2013, Paul was charged with assault on a flight attendant and consuming alcohol underage. and in October,of that year, was cited for possession of alcohol by a minor. Paul is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge May 12 in Fayette District Court.