2 drivers cited for going too slow in under new law
Idaho police are starting to enforce a new law that targets slow drivers using the passing lanes of highways.
The Idaho Press reported July 31 that two drivers have been cited as of July 27 for driving too slowly in the passing lane since the law took effect July 1.
Idaho State Police have given warnings to three other drivers.
Lt. Shawn Staley says vehicles moving slowly in passing lanes can cause accidents.
He says drivers who hold up traffic by going below the speed limit in the left lane could face a $90 fine.
State Rep. Lance Clow sponsored the bill. The Republican doesn’t expect state troopers to actively look for slow drivers, but says they have a new tool if needed.
Colo. man fined $1K for repeatedly feeding bears
A Colorado man has been fined $1,000 for intentionally feeding bears for the third time in the past eight years.
The Durango Herald reports a resident reported to Colorado Parks and Wildlife that they had seen a man leaving out food in his backyard for bears.
Wildlife Manager Matt Thorpe says the resident took pictures and provided them to officials.
An investigation found that the man had previously been fined for the same behavior in 2010 and 2012.
In Colorado, it’s illegal to knowingly feed bears.
The first offense carries a $100 fine. The second violation gives a $500 fine.
Thorpe said Colorado Parks and Wildlife contacted the man recently, who paid the fine on the spot.
He can be fined another $1,000 if he breaks the law again.
Woman locked out ends up locked up for false report
An Alabama woman who really wanted a deputy to unlock her car is being locked up herself.
Citing court records, the Montgomery Advertiser reports that 30-year-old Kimberly DeShun Gardner pleaded guilty July 31 to filing a false report.
Records show Gardner had called the sheriff’s office asking for a deputy to unlock her vehicle May 27. The dispatcher told her that wasn’t part of their job.
Around 15 minutes later, she called back, reporting a vehicle break-in. This time a deputy did respond, and arrested her after she asked to unlock the car.
Gardner received a 365-day sentence, suspended to serve 10 days, and two years’ unsupervised probation. She also must pay a $100 fine and court costs. Her attorney, Kim Kervin, declined comment.