Wyoming’s learner’s permit age gets criticism

Posted on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at 10:47 pm    

A new annual report from the District of Columbia-based Advocates of Highway and Auto Safety issued on Wednesday, January 22, criticized Wyoming’s policy of allowing 15-year-old teenagers to obtain driving learners’ permits, calling attention to the youth of the applicants in the state’s graduated driver’s license program.

However, Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Driver Services manager Don Edington said precautions are put in place, with teenagers being required to pass a written test before they get the license, and ensuring that they are accompanied by a licensed adult in the passenger’s seat when they start driving after they get the license. Edington added that there is also a limit to the number of people who can be in the vehicle while the teenager is driving, with exceptions for school or work activities.

The report also found fault with Wyoming’s non-enforcement of seat belt laws and lax laws on motorcycle helmet-wearing, ignition interlock, and open containers.

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Woman poisoned from carbon monoxide in her apartment furnace awarded $28.2 M

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 4:11 am    

U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson and a jury in a federal court in Cheyenne, Wyoming awarded $28.2 million to a woman poisoned by carbon monoxide in her apartment.

The now 23-year-old Amber Lompe incurred a permanent brain injury that makes it hard for her to retain information, concentrate on things around her, focus her attention, and multi-task due to being poisoned by carbon monoxide coming from her apartment furnace in 2011.

Newport Beach, California-based Sunridge Partners LLC and Salt Lake City-based Apartment Management Consultants LLC were ordered to pay $750,000 in compensatory damages and $3 million in punitive damages, and $1.95 million in compensatory damages and $22.5 million in punitive damages, respectively.

According to documents uncovered by Lompe’s attorney, Tyson Logan, Sunridge’s owner and manager did not take action after receiving warnings that the broken furnace could be dangerous to the apartment’s inhabitants and proceeded to remove the unit after the said poisoning in 2011.

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