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Woman With 36-Character Last Name Wins Fight With Hawaii


(Newser) - You will never, ever, ever see Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele's last name in lights or a headline, but the Hawaii woman can now at least see her hefty surname in its entirety on her driver's license. As the AP reports, Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele (try writing that without the crutch of...

Illegal Immigrants Can Now Drive in California

It becomes 11th state to grant licenses

(Newser) - California has joined the ranks of states that allow illegal immigrants to legally drive. "When a million people without their documents drive legally with respect to the state of California, the rest of this country will have to stand up and take notice," said Gov. Jerry Brown at...

Teen Driver in 5-Death Crash Had No License

Abdulrahman Alyahyan was cited for violation

(Newser) - The teen driver in a Memorial Day car accident called the " worst solo crash in recent memory " didn't have a valid driver's license, and he was cited last month for violating his provisional one, the Los Angeles Times reports. Abdulrahman Alyahyan, 17, received a citation for...

More States Restrict Teens' Driving Privileges

New laws include curfews, limits on number of passengers

(Newser) - The days of of the teenage joyride seem to be numbered. Many states are creating laws to clamp down on teen drivers, who historically overestimate their abilities and are more prone to distracted driving , reports the New York Times . All but seven states ban teens from driving with more than...

Woman Passes Driver's Test— During Labor

First trip is to the hospital

(Newser) - Contractions 10 minutes apart didn’t stop a woman in Scotland from getting her driver’s license—and then speeding off to the hospital to give birth. She’d woken that morning at 4am after her water broke, but ignored her family’s advice and went through with the test...

About 10% of Drivers Don't Have a License

Suspending licenses doesn't keep people off the roads

(Newser) - The roads are full of people who aren’t legally allowed to drive—in large part because lots of people ignore license suspensions. Roughly one in 10 American motorists doesn’t have a valid license, experts tell the St. Petersburg Times , and though some never had them, most lost them...

Illegal Immigrant Journo's Driver's License Canceled

Effect of Jose Antonio Vargas' revelation

(Newser) - Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who "came out" as an illegal immigrant in the New York Times magazine last month, is experiencing some fallout from his confession: Washington state has canceled his driver's license. Vargas initially found a way to procure an Oregon license, but when...

Austrian Can Wear Pasta Strainer in License Photo

He claims it's a symbol of his religion—pastafarianism

(Newser) - Hopefully his car never breaks down in a thunderstorm. An Austrian atheist has won the right to don a pasta strainer on his head in his driver's license photo, reports the BBC . Austrians are permitted to wear headgear in official photographs only for religious reasons, and Niko Alm claims...

Georgia Lawmaker: Let's Get Rid of Driver's Licenses

They take away our 'inalienable right' to travel, he says

(Newser) - Driver’s licenses—who needs ‘em? No one, according to a Republican lawmaker in Georgia. State Rep. Bobby Franklin is sponsoring the “Right to Travel Act,” a bill that says everyone has the “constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways”—and that, therefore,...

Man Aces Driving Exam, Crashes Into Test Center

Mistakes gas pedal for brake, won't get license

(Newser) - A 34-year-old Pennsylvania man crashed his car into the waiting area of a license exam center yesterday, mere moments after completing his driving test with flying colors. “He thought he had it in park, but he didn’t,” a police sergeant tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . “He panicked...

Driver Gets DWI After 11-Mile Ride Sans Tire

Oh, and he's been unlicensed since 1977. And couldn't keep right

(Newser) - So your blood-alcohol content is 3.5 times the limit and you haven't had a driver's license in 33 years—let's go for a drive! And so a tire falls off—let's keep going 11 miles without it! Western New Yorker Duane Bush is charged with doing just that, along...

Georgia Passes Bill to Note PTSD on License

Veterans could opt-in voluntarily

(Newser) - Georgia legislators have passed a bill that, if signed, would allow veterans suffering from PTSD to note the disorder on their driver's license. It would be the first state to mark a medical condition on a driver's license, but some veterans doubt anyone would opt in. “Why would I...

Other Driver Blamed for Phelps Crash

Swimmer to be cited for using invalid driver's license

(Newser) - Police don't believe Michael Phelps was to blame for his car accident in Baltimore Thursday night but the swimmer will have to go to court for producing an invalid Michigan driver's license after the crash, the Baltimore Sun reports. The other driver, a 28-year-old woman who was slightly injured when...

'Craigslist Killer' Pleads Not Guilty

Arraigned on 7 counts including first-degree murder

(Newser) - Philip Markoff spoke a resounding “not guilty” at his arraignment today for the murder of a masseuse, the Boston Globe reports. Prosecutors described “brutal” attacks against three women as the so-called “Craigslist killer” was arraigned on seven charges, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, armed kidnapping, armed assault,...

1 in 5 Drivers Would Flunk Test: Survey

(Newser) - An annual survey of driver smarts is out, and the coasts fare poorly, the Los Angeles Times reports. Conducted by GMAC, the survey posed questions from US drivers license tests and found that 20% of current drivers would fail a written exam. New York ranked dead last and California 48th,...

DMVs: Please Stop Smiling
 DMVs: Please Stop Smiling 

DMVs: Please Stop Smiling

(Newser) - Four states are demanding that motorists stop saying cheese when they get their driver's license photo, and more may follow suit, reports USA Today. It's not the grinch patrol. Smiles can interfere with technology used to make sure people don't apply for illegal licenses, say officials in Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada,...

Miley Gets Wheels: Mom's Old Porsche

Singer wanted a different car for 16th birthday

(Newser) - Barely 16-year-old Miley Cyrus has not only a learner's permit but a car—a Porsche Cayenne, no less. “I didn’t get the one I wanted,” the teen sensation tells Extra, but she admits that her mom’s old car is “a pretty good hand-me-down.” This...

Time to Raise Driving Age?
 Time to Raise Driving Age?

Time to Raise Driving Age?

(Newser) - Is 16 too young to drive? A safety group today began a push to encourage states to follow the lead of Japan, China, Russia, and most of Europe by raising the legal age to 18, the Detroit Free Press reports. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for youths...

Woman Sues Spitzer Call Girl in ID Theft

Dupre 'showed driver's license closeup to get on Girls Gone Wild'

(Newser) - A New Jersey woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Ashley Dupre—better known as Eliot Spitzer's high-priced call girl—and Girls Gone Wild for defamation and invasion of privacy for Dupre's use of the woman's lost driver's license on the raunchy program.

Illegal Immigration Spurs Identity Theft
Illegal Immigration
Spurs Identity Theft

Illegal Immigration Spurs Identity Theft

But many federal agencies aren't doing enough, City Journal says

(Newser) - Identity theft and illegal immigration are not only keeping cops busy, they're often linked, Steven Malanga writes in City Journal. Illegals are known to swipe US workers' data to obtain jobs or commit crimes, and the top five states for identity theft have large immigrant populations. But efforts to stop...

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