For first time in 5 years, US gas mileage down, emissions up

A new government report says gas mileage for new vehicles dropped and pollution increased in model year 2019 for the first time in five years. The Environmental Protection Agency says the changes show that few automakers could meet strict emissions and mileage standards set by the Obama administration. But environmental groups contend that automakers used loopholes and stopped marketing fuel-efficient vehicles knowing that the Trump administration would roll back mileage and pollution standards. The EPA report released Wednesday says gas mileage fell 0.2 miles per gallon, while greenhouse gas emissions rose by 3 grams per mile traveled, compared with 2018 figures. Mileage fell and pollution increased for the first time since 2014. 

Annual 'Click It or Ticket' campaign reminds people to buckle up or face a fine

The annual 'Click It or Ticket' campaign launched this week, aiming to remind drivers to buckle up. People in vehicles caught driving without their seatbelt on will be fined $136 dollars, officials said. According to the Washington State Transportation Commission,…