drivers license http://www.kplu.org en Warning letter to young drivers rankles some parents http://www.kplu.org/post/warning-letter-young-drivers-rankles-some-parents OLYMPIA, Wash. – Get a traffic ticket, get a letter of reprimand from the Department of Licensing. That’s how it works in Washington if you are a driver between the ages of 16 and 21. The letter-writing campaign is designed to reduce crashes among younger drivers. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 04:39:23 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5671 at http://www.kplu.org Warning letter to young drivers rankles some parents Fake drivers licenses common; facial recognition fights back http://www.kplu.org/post/fake-drivers-licenses-common-facial-recognition-fights-back <p>New computer software has made it easier than ever to forge documents. But it&rsquo;s also easier for investigators to sniff them out, because the photo on your license is like a fingerprint.</p><p>The Washington Department of Licensing has photos of more than five million Washington drivers. In 2010, they launched a pilot project, with a federal grant, to <a href="http://www.dol.wa.gov/about/docs/FacialRecognitionFactSheet.pdf">compare the faces in all those photos</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:15:01 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4173 at http://www.kplu.org Dems seek higher transportation fees to help balance budget http://www.kplu.org/post/dems-seek-higher-transportation-fees-help-balance-budget <p><strong>An Olympia budget problem:</strong></p><ul><li>Washington&#39;s roads need repair and improvements.</li><li>Gas tax revenues are way down because people are driving less and driving more fuel-efficient cars.</li><li>State voters have made it clear they don&#39;t want higher taxes.</li></ul><p><strong>What&#39;s a lawmaker to do?</strong></p><p>Democratic budget writers in the Legislature hoping to plug a $5 billion deficit are proposing to raise a slew of fees on everything from getting a drivers license to riding a ferry.&nbsp;</p><p>They say they&#39;re just trying to bring fees -- many of which haven&#39;t been raised in years -- in line with current costs. But skeptical Republicans are cool to the proposal.</p><p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:03:46 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1182 at http://www.kplu.org Dems seek higher transportation fees to help balance budget