California senior driver pressed the accelerator instead of the brakes ?
For 2nd time
in 2 months a 85-something driver hits accelerator instead of breaks, this time there where no deaths only 4 serious injuries ? What can be done about this ? Are you scared to walk down the street, afraid a senior driver might kill you ?
Breastfeeding while driving
seemed like a good idea to Catherine Donkers, but now she is (thankfully) on trial for it. Since she's a member of a weird cult
that believes the Bible should be the law of land, this should be entertaining. Presumably, they can just keep appealing for a few years until the crazies run the country.
Is That an Ethanol SUV?
I recently found out that some of the most popular SUVs (Suburban, Yukon, Tahoe, Explorer) are already capable of running completely on Ethanol (E85)
. The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition
website has lists of cars and SUVs that already run on Ethanol. A handy map
of refueling locations is also available. It is surprising (and good) to see the large auto-makers tangibly supporting alternative fuels.
Not content on resting on its laurels
, BMW brings in a new season of The Hire
"Your car will be watching the road even if you're not"
Or so says DaimlerChrysler in their new ad campaign. Electronic eyes, infrared systems, ways to keep your eyes on the road better.... All in good time, as we all expected - but wouldn't you be worried if your car could just stop itself if it saw a squirrel in the road? (via the Wall St. Journal ad 10/9/02)
Atomic blast licence plates
rejected by state
"Any reference on a license plate to weapons of mass destruction is
inappropriate and would likely offend our citizens."
Outta my way, or under my wheels!
According to this survey from the American Iron and Steel institute, Miami has the rudest drivers in the country. I live in Miami, and it's true. If you disagree with me, you're a slack-jawed moron.
Good news for Lithuanian girls:
ob-gyn tests no longer required in order to get a driver's license. Because, after all, an equivalent test isn't required for Lithuanian men.
Irv Gordon has driven his 1966 Volvo P1800 2,000,000 miles.
My current car has gone about 140,000 miles and is just now "broken in". Our last one had was retired at 266,000 miles. How many miles do you expect to put on your vehicle before you get a new one?
"They can throw the tapes or DVDs in there and they don't even know their kids are there."
Before the rise of back seat DVD theaters
and gameboys, more kids used to play various (non-video) games
while stuck in the back seat. On long car trips, would you rather have your kids watching Shrek for the 10th time or have them playing games like Punch Buggy
Most Dangerous Job.. Israeli bus driver
. Not only at risk from normal driveing hazzards but being blown up by terrorists, a favorite target. Is there a memorial for the fallen comrades or do they "take care of their own" in a secret bus driver society. What other low profile low skill jobs go unrecognized for the ultimate sacrifice?
The state of Minnesota decides to fight distracted drivers by putting up billboards
. Next up: A new state committee to check programs for irony before they're made public.
The Day My Car Ratted Me Out.
Dear Winston Smith,
Your 1984 Corvette has informed us that over the past month, you have failed to obey the speed limit 36 times, at times reaching speeds exceeding 130 MPH. As A result, we feel that we can no longer provide you with coverage. We have also supplied this information to the proper authorities, their jackbooted thugs should be in your driveway momentarily. Thank you.
First it was the rental car companies, now it is GM and the Insurance companies. This is the top of a very slippery slope of privacy issues and technology, specifically GPS.
WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
Road rage man gets sentenced to 3 years.
The man who threw the fluffy white dog into oncoming traffic is sentenced to 3 years in jail -- the maximum jail time allowed. Is this appropriate? Extreme? If there wasn't such media attention to this case, or if the dog wasn't so cute, would the man have still gotten maximum jail time?
Families forgive driver who caused death of children
Can death-penalty advocates bring themselves to this level of forgiveness? “The parents of four of the five victims of Sunday’s tragedy at Lingwick have asked authorities to withdraw charges filed Monday against Steve Rousseau, 21, the driver of a car that plunged into a quarry.... ‘We forgive Steve Rousseau and we’d like the charges against him lifted. He already feels a great deal of pain over what happened, which was an accident. He’s a little guy who has already been devastated by the burden placed on him. We don’t want to make matters worse,’ says Christian Morin, father of Marie-France. ‘We have no grievance with him.’ ” The Crown will prosecute anyway
. (Also second article
. All in French.)
Hmmm, Big Brother is checking out my motor,
and no one seems to care anymore
. Pretty soon Big Brother will track my personal movements and know my genetic make up
Well, I'm outta here in four days and who knows what life will be like on this Sceptered Isle by the time I get back
Why doesn't anyone seem to care about this anymore!
Keep on truckin'!
Is this becoming a trend? Will we see concrete bunkers sprouting like mushrooms all across the country?