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Utah scrutinizes vanity license plates after ‘DEPORTM’ uproar

Utah prohibits vanity plates that express contempt for any race, religion or political opinion

Personalized license plates that spark multiple complaints will get extra scrutiny in Utah amid questions about how a plate emblazoned with the phrase “DEPORTM” could be on the road despite strict state rules and previous objections. If more than one person reports a particular plate, it will now be flagged for extra attention and reviewed by the attorney general's office, said Scott Smith, who oversees the motor-vehicles division as executive director of the Utah Tax Commission. Among other r

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Thieves tell cops 'Mr. Tesla' said it was okay to swipe Teslas

Criminal masterminds [not] at work.

"It's one of those cases where you're going, 'What?' and you're scratching your head."

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Utah adopts the nation's toughest drunk driving law

Legal blood-alcohol limit lowered to 0.05 percent.

Restaurateurs and ski operators objected.

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Watch a commuter train plow through a FedEx truck

In a truck vs. train showdown, the smart money is always on the train.

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Tesla goes to Utah Supreme Court over direct car sales

Automaker is engaged in a similar fight in Texas, Michigan, and Missouri.

Once more, to the courts.

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Tesla will bring fight against dealerships to Utah this fall

Utah continues to hold out with its franchised dealership requirement.

One state representative calls the current prohibition "unconstitutional."

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Geely buys Miller Motorsports Park, vows to keep it open

MyTime, a subsidiary of the same Chinese holding company that owns Geely Automotive and Volvo, now owns Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

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Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials canceled

The 2015 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials are cancelled because of wet conditions on the salt flats. There isn't enough viable area to support so many bikes racing there for five days.

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Eva Hakansson now 'World's Fastest Female On A Motorcycle' with KillaJoule

New Electric Motorcycle Speed Record In Utah

Put it this way: if Eva Hakansson had sufficient battery capacity and road space for her record-breaking KillaJoule electric "sidecar" motorcycle, she could make the 650-mile trip from her Denver-area home base to Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in about the time it takes to watch a football game. Heck, she could probably relax and catch the fourth quarter at her destination.

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Joyrider nearly collides with kids, chased down by cops

A 14-year-old joyrider was able to outrun police in Utah but couldn't make it around a protective parent in a pickup truck. According to KSTU Fox 13 News in Utah, the thieving youngster's grandfather reported the white Hyundai Veloster missing, and police were already searching for it. As it turns out, his grandson had taken i

Truck Deliberately Crashes Into Joy-Riding Teen

Driver sacrificed own vehicle to prevent teen from driving through park full of children

A Utah teenager's wild joyride ended Saturday when a concerned citizen used his own vehicle as a roadblock.

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Baffled Japanese tourists trigger massive Utah high-speed chase

A Japanese family has a story to last a lifetime, after accidentally becoming involved in a high-speed chase in Utah caused by a cultural misunderstanding and the language barrier.

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Via PHEV van shuttles movie fans around Sundance

It's not exactly "Leo buys a Fisker Karma" territory, but at least we're talking about a company that's still in business. In this case, it's Via Motors, converter of GM vans and pickup trucks into extended-range plug-in vehicles. The company is getting its own bit of movie magic, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival in Park

ATV Rider Nearly Plunges Over Cliff

Four-wheeler and rider almost fall down 40-foot cliff

A helmet-mounted camera captured a woman's fall and rescue after she tumbled from her four-wheeler and nearly slid down a 40-foot cliff.

Man Drove Up Utah State Capitol Steps To Support Marijuana Legalization

Police found marijuana plants growing in suspect's home

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has requested a security review at the state Capitol building after a Layton man drove his truck up the building's steps earlier this week.

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Prince Albert unveils Venturi VBB-3, world's most powerful EV [w/videos]

When you're royalty, you can associate yourself with things as cool as the world's most powerful electric car, and that's just what Prince Albert of Monaco is doing. The Prince, along with Princess Charlene, made the trek out to the Beehive State to make a photo appearance with the Venturi VBB-3 at Wendower airfield. He was probably hoping to get a quick drive of the 3,000-horsepower rocket on wheels, but that was not meant to be.

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Ohio State team moves EV Salt Flats speed tests back home

The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (OSU CAR) may be moving speed tests for what may be the world's fastest electric vehicle about 1,700 miles away from its original Utah destination, but, hey, that's theoretically just a tidy four-hour drive at full speed. This month, Ohio State, which earlier this year said it was working with Venturi on setting a land-speed record for electric vehicles, will test its third Buckeye Bullet, otherwise known a

Hands-Free Devices Still Present Distractions To Drivers

Motorists have limited mental bandwith, AAA-sponsored study says

Behind the wheel of a car, hands-free does not mean risk-free. Hands-free technologies, such as voice recognition, can be just as distracting to drivers as the hand-held habits they're meant to curb.

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