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New Virginia legislation for drivers starts July 1st




As of July 1st, many newly-passed laws are going into effect in Virginia.  This year, much of the legislation has will affect drivers.  Here are a few that Checkered Flag drivers should review.

From The Virginian-Pilot:

Hybrid tax

Owners of hybrid gasoline/electric cars screamed bloody murder after the 2013 Assembly levied a $64 annual tax on those vehicles as part of a larger transportation funding package. The tax unfairly penalized them for doing the right thing by helping reduce carbon emissions, hybrid owners complained.

Lawmakers heard the outcry and repealed the tax. Drivers who already have paid it for…
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VDOT suspending all temporary lane closures for 4th weekend



Great news, Checkered Flag fans!  We?ve got an important traffic update from our friends at The Virginian-Pilot that could affect your 4th of July weekend plans.

Virginia State-wide:
The Associated Press  June 27, 2014   

Temporary highway lane closures will be suspended across Virginia to help Independence Day travelers reach their holiday destinations.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says lane closures in temporary…
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Safety Series: How to escape from a submerged vehicle




It's summer once again.  And, you Checkered Flag fans know what that means.  Another season of Checkered Flag's Summer Safety Series!  Yay! 

This year, we're kicking off the season with a very important lesson for all Hampton Roads drivers.  The following is an instructional video on what to do if your vehicle is submerged.  The video will cover a…
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Heavy traffic and detours along I-664 and I-64 tonight



Heads up, Checkered Flag fans!  If you are planning to travel I-64 or I-664 this evening, you may end up sitting in traffic for a while with possible re-direction.

Lane, ramp closures tonight on I-64 at I-664
The Virginian-Pilot   

Drivers should be alert tonight to lane and ramp closures on Interstate 64 at I-664.

Crews will be installing and removing overhead signs and…
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Update: Shredder the sea turtle released at oceanfront



For Checkered Flag fans who missed the big sea turtle release this morning, here's the video taken down at the oceanfront.

Stranding team to release turtle near Atlantic Ave.
The Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH


For the first time, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team will release a rehabilitated sea turtle along the shore near Atlantic Avenue and Laskin Road.

The Kemp?s ridley turtle, ?Shredder,? was hooked accidentally by a fisherman off the Little Island Pier in Sandbridge on May 23, according to a news release from…
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Will cars fly in our lifetime?




Is the flying car really going to happen in our lifetime? 

When I was a child, I was certain we'd be flying to the grocery store by now.  But, as fast as technology is changing, somehow, we are still glued to the ground.  Well, maybe not for long.

Terrafugia wants to build hybrid flying car
Computer controlled, plug-in hybrid concept would require as little as 5 hours training to fly.

By Paul Eisenstein of The Detroit Bureau

Flying cars have long been the stuff of science fiction, though plenty of entrepreneurs and visionaries have struggled to make the concept…
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