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84Citizen pulls over unmarked WA police car, education ensues

Dog bites man, that's not news. Man bites dog, now that's news. Or so goes the old newspaper adage, and we see it manifested all the time. Take this latest video clip for example. While it wouldn't usually be news to see a cop pulling over a motorist, seeing a motorist pulling over a cop and asking to see ID is another matter entirely.

107Has Pot Legalization Affected Colorado's Driving Fatalities?

Legal marijuana has not raised danger on the roads so far

Colorado's recent legalization of recreational marijuana has fueled fears about public safety on roadways, with critics pointing to the drug's negative effect on cognitive ability and reaction time. But according to numbers compiled by the Washington Post, traffic fatalities are near historic lows in the state since decriminalization was put into place.

17Washington State governor signs pro-Tesla bill

Maybe Tesla should build its proposed gigafactory in the Evergreen State. Last week, Washington Govermor Jay Inslee signed a bill that will allow Tesla to keep selling its electric vehicles through its showrooms and not have to work through third-party dealerships, Automotive News says. That means the California-based electric-vehicle maker can keep its showrooms in Seattle and Bellevue open.

27This Seattle-area Nissan Leaf owner has already put 100,000 miles on his EV

It's not quite in the so-indestructible-its-engine-can-take-a-bullet territory of a classic Dodge Dart, but Steve Marsh's Nissan Leaf has been put through a long-distance wringer. The Washington State driver has surpassed the 100,000-mile mark with his electric vehicle, getting kudos from Washington Governor Jay Inslee as a result. The Pacific Northwest sure likes its green cred.

37Build it and they will come: I-5 corridor EV fast charge stations getting lots of use

Washington State plug-in vehicle charging stations along Interstate 5 are getting used more than twice as much as they were a year ago, the Associated Press says, citing a study from the Washington State Department of Transportation. In September, the state's 14 fast-charging stations along I-5 were collectively used 1,155 times, up from 528 sessions a year earlier. All told, those stations have been used more than 10,000 times since their installation last year.

AddTesla Model S fire subject of unofficial NHTSA investigation

It looks like the feds are going to finally look into that Tesla Model S car-b-que near Seattle. Earlier this week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it may start an investigation into why that metal object that struck a Model S in Kent, Washington (about 20 miles south of Seattle) caused the EV to catch fire, the San Francisco Chronicle says, citing NHTSA's David Strickland. NHTSA would've gotten to it earlier except for that pesky partial-government shutdown that furlough

30One Nissan Leaf driver puts on 78,000 miles in two years

One Pacific Northwest driver has put enough miles on his Nissan Leaf electric vehicle during the last two years to make him a prime candidate for world's most-used Leaf owner.

AddWashington State, Ecotality lags far behind EV charging station goal

Washington State is trying to be one of the leading states for both electric-vehicle adoption and charging-station availability. Trouble is, the state is about 75 percent behind on the public charging-station goal it set for the end of 2011, Seattle-based King 5 reports in the video below.

AddWashington State may impose $124 fine on EV spot stealers

Park your gas-powered car in an electric-vehicle-designated spot in the Emerald State and you could find yourself Cashless in Seattle. The Washington State legislature has approved a bill that would impose a $124 fine on conventional-vehicle drivers busted for parking in spots slated for plug-in vehicles, the Associated Press reports. Legislators approved the bill by a seven-to-one margin. The bill now needs approval from Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

34AAA brings first fast-charging roadside assistance truck to Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle? Sure. Helpless in Seattle? Not if you're a plug-in vehicle driver with AAA.

66Toyota 4Runner still drives after being crushed by tree [w/video]

Disaster can strike just about anywhere, but the likelihood – and severity – often increases the further you are from civilization. That's what one couple in Washington State found out when they went camping with their Toyota 4Runner along the Barlow Pass in the northern Cascade mountains.

110GM says Washington State's proposed electric car fee has "no merit" [w/poll]

General Motors has gone on record to oppose a Washington State bill that would impose a fee of $100 per year on electric-vehicle drivers.

60GM opposes Washington State's proposed electric vehicle fee that has "no merit"

General Motors has gone on record to oppose a Washington State bill that would impose a fee of $100 per year on electric-vehicle drivers.

104Washington State senate passes $100 annual fee for electric vehicles

Washington State's senate has passed a bill that would impose an annual fee of $100 to electric-vehicle drivers in an effort to compensate for the gas taxes that EV drivers don't pay, the Associated Press reported.

17Shelby SuperCars working toward new Washington state factory

So many independent supercar operations have disappeared as fast as they've sprung up. But Shelby SuperCars is out to make a name for itself. Not only did the upstart manage to challenge the likes of Koenigsegg and Bugatti for top-speed supremacy with its Ultimate Aero, but now it's coming back with its stunning new Tuatara.

161Washington State Troopers remind motorists that the left lane is for passing

The percentage of motorists who really understand the basic tenets of driving vary from state to state. In some areas of the country, hogging the left lane is a vile offense, yet drivers in other parts of the country use it as they see fit. This is incorrect, and it's also quite frustrating to the other motorists that understand the rules of the road. In an effort to remind drivers that the left lane is for passing, Washington state troopers pulled over 223 left-lane ignorati for ignoring the la

32Interstate-5 in Washington to become "electric highway"?

The state of Washington is hoping to turn the interstate 5 corridor that runs from Canadian border to Oregon into the nation's first electric highway. With the help of a $1.32 million federal grant, Washington hopes to install between seven and 10 so-called Level 3 electric vehicle charging stations along the main north-south road. Level 3 stations charge at 400 volts and 30 amps or more. Such stations can charge a typical EV battery to 80 percent full in under 30 minutes.

22OMG! Washington first state to ban text messaging while driving

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/OMG_Washington_first_state_to_ban_text_messaging_while_driving'; If you're travelling down I-90 in Washington State and texting your BFF on a CrackBerry, then you might want to put it down. Washington has become the first U.S. state in the union to ban text messaging while driving. The legislation against driving while texting (henceforth to be known as the dreaded DWT) was rolled into a similar measure against talking on one's cell phone without u

AddWashington State farmers experiment with canola as biodiesel cash crop

Farmers in Washington State are experimenting with canola for biodiesel production as a new cash crop to supplement existing diary or vegetable crop income. Conditions in Snohomish County, which boasts cool temperatures, moist sea air and good soils, are proving to be so ideal for canola growing that yields are vastly outpacing European norms. Last year Snohomish County farmers averaged 158 gallons / 598 L of biodiesel per acre of planted canola compared to just 84 gallons / 318 L of biodiesel p

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