May 6, 2019

Increased Limits

“While we wanted to increase the speed limit on our turnpikes and state highways, we also worked to ensure the safety of Oklahoma drivers. … We will use traffic and engineering studies that take into consideration things such as traffic density and infrastructure quality to determine where we could safely increase these speed limits.”

— Oklahoma state Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, author of House Bill 1071, which has been signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill increases the speed limit on Oklahoma turnpikes from 75 to 80 miles per hour and on certain state highways from 70 to 75 miles per hour.

Misclassification Crackdown

“The majority of Michigan companies play by the rules. But those who don’t are cheating the system, raking in unfair profits and hurting Michigan in the process. … These fly-by-night operators are lying, cheating and stealing from all of us.”

— Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who said her office will crackdown on businesses that cheat their employees of wages and workers’ compensation protection, and dodge taxes by misclassifying workers as independent contractors.

Uber Safety

“We’re also launching an awareness campaign on social media, and we’re placing ads in college newspapers and on billboards near entertainment districts across the country to educate students about these steps.”

— Ridesharing company Uber Technologies, on its efforts to roll out new safety features to help riders avoid fake rideshare drivers. The company plans to add app features that help people identify the right car and a push notification to remind riders to “Check Your Ride” just before their car arrives. The moves came in response to the murder of a South Carolina college student after she got into a car she mistakenly thought was her Uber.

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