California bans using computers or watching TV while driving
I made this post
on Dec. 26 about the Laptop Steering Wheel Mount
and just wanted to post a follow up. I wish more states would enact the same type of law.
The Texas Transportation Institute released their latest figures
on which cities are the most congested, and how many hours per year the average person spends in traffic. Or you can read The Big Picture
. I find it amazing that New York City isn't in the top 25 cities. The reason being is that New York City has an excellent public transportation network. Even some Politians are realizing that public transportation is a better bang for the buck.
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.
Lock 'im up.
For a long time. That's what I say you do with anyone who commits multiple counts of vehicular manslaughter (in this case, ten
). But will this driver even be charged
, or will we just let him be? After all, he's 86. We, as a society, can't make this nice old man spend the rest of his days in prison, if convicted? Sure, the public discussion regarding his age in this horrible tragedy
centers around the right of older people to continue driving without testing their ability and senses, but I want to focus on this: What's the unwritten age limit on convicting and sentencing someone like Russell Weller?
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?
Study: Mobile Phone Users Worse Than Drunk Drivers
It took mobile users half-a-second longer to react than normal, and one-third of a second longer than when they had been drinking.
They were also less able to maintain a constant speed and found it harder to keep a safe distance from the car in front. Participants in the study stated that they found it easier to drive drunk than when using a cell phone.
Here's the fun quote:"Eventually," said Dominic Burch, road safety campaign manager at Direct Line, "we would like to see the use of mobile phones when driving, both hand-held and hands-free, become as socially unacceptable as drink driving."
Nice graphic Here
that explains the time/distance it takes to stop. That fraction of a second = +46 feet stopping time over normal, and +33 over being drunk. More Here
and The Full Report
ATHEIST license plate too offensive for Florida.
The state has declared one man's personalized license plate as too obscene or offensive after he's had it for 16 years. This from the same state where you can buy a "Choose Life" speciality tag
, which I'm sure some people also find offensive.
Which side of the road do you drive on?
It's all down to which side you held your sword on, in the end. (Via Fark.)
"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?
"I don't live in this state, your laws don't apply to me."
The Supreme Court of Illinois threw out a traffic ticket because the driver is not a resident of Illinois. Granted its just a no-insurance ticket but this looks like a very bad precedent.
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.
Conclusive evidence that cell phones distract drivers
What did this say? I was busy chatting on my cell and missed some of this. Could it be? What should we do? Ah, I am aa good driver; it is the other person who can't drive and talk.
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?
Whoo! I live on the fourth most dangerous intersection in Illinois
4. Bolingbrook State Route 53 & Boughton Road 1408
Do you live next to an intersection of DEATH
Phone home on the road: GO TO JAIL.
In New York it will soon be official - dialing and driving don't mix
. Thirty-nine other states may also follow suit.
Big Brother is sorry, but all we have for you is a hatchback.
On the one hand, he knew full well that they were monitoring him. On the other, they took the money out of his account without his knowledge, which could have led to all sorts of problems. Inevitable progress, or invasive technology?
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!
GM encourages new SUV owners not to drive.
"No injuries yet." But how bad does the defect have to be for them to tell their customers not to drive the damn things?
Keep on truckin'!
Is this becoming a trend? Will we see concrete bunkers sprouting like mushrooms all across the country?
] I've always had a suspicion that traffic was a wave phenomenon. This is interesting theory. [more inside...]
Britain's Traffic Problems
Sounds like the UK is trying its hardest to catch up with the US in auto-dependency. The Highways Agency is planning to spend US$1.75 billion on "intelligent transportation" improvements, but local motoring organizations are pushing for more lanes as traffic continues to worsen. [more inside]
Remember, kids, make the most of every day, because you never know when you might be crushed by a flying elk
Interest in traffic Web site no accident
after a dramatic increase in fatal accidents, the osaka prefectural police started posting the exact locations of upcoming traffic inspections [for speeding & drunk driving] on their website
, and now they are logging record numbers of hits -- the idea being that the more people who know about their plans for traffic inspections, the better. the police feel that disclosing such information will help cut down on the number of deadly road accidents.
whether it has had a noticeable effect on traffic safety, however, is uncertain -- the number of drivers caught for violations is about 10 percent less than by this time last year, but the death toll on the prefecture's roads are about the same
It's fun to rip on bad driving.
I didn't realize what a gaping emotional hole I've had since Jerque du Jour