June 6, 2010

Auto Briefs

Distracted driving law, dropping gas prices and Shoreline auto center opening

Distracted driving law takes effect Thursday
Starting Thursday, talking or sending text messages while holding a wireless device becomes a primary traffic offense, carrying a $124 fine. Drivers with instruction permits or intermediate licenses may not use cellphones at all, while other drivers may use hand-free devices.

--NWautos staff

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(The Associated Press)

Summer shocker: Gas prices dropping
Gas prices dipped over the Memorial Day weekend, and analysts say they could continue to drop through the summer. "The odds are prices are going to continue to plummet," says Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at PFGBest Research. They could even rival the low prices seen last summer. "It's a tall order," Flynn says, "but I think it's possible." Gasoline is getting cheaper largely because there's an ample supply of oil, and its cost is down. After hitting a high of $87.15 a barrel in early May, the price settled at $74.55 last week.

--The Associated Press

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(Adam Buchanan Photography)

Shoreline auto center holds grand opening
Shoreline Community College is hosting a party to celebrate the completion of a $4.2 million expansion to the Professional Automotive Training Center (PATC), one of the nation's top auto training programs. The grand opening celebration takes place Tuesday at 2 p.m. and includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours and displays.

--NWautos staff

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