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Minnesota Policeman Uses Mace On Deaf Driver, City Settles Case For $93,450
Minnesota Policeman Uses Mace On Deaf Driver, City Settles Case For $93,450

On November 17, 2006, Douglas D. Bahl was pulled over in St. Paul for allegedly running a red light. Ordinarily, a driver in that situation would've provided a license and other documents, chatted with the police officer, and maybe gotten off with a warning. (Or not.) That's not what happened. Bahl...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Six Rules Of The Road You Should Observe (But Probably Won't)

Journalists who cover the auto industry drive a lot of cars. Which means we like to think we know a little more about driving than other people. Not you, of course. Statistically, you know you're a better driver than most other people on the roads. We're talking about those other ones. But each of...Read More»

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Top 11 Excuses That Men & Women Give Police Officers

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a study that suggested drivers' excuses have little bearing on whether they're ticketed when they're pulled over. But of course, that doesn't mean that drivers will stop offering alibis altogether. The folks at Insurance.com recently asked 500 U.S. motorists...Read More»

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Study: Women May Be Better At Avoiding Traffic Tickets

We all know the feeling: we're running late for work, or trying to get to the beach a little faster than we should, when we turn a corner and see Officer Friendly pointing his radar gun squarely at us. We brake, but too late: the flashing lights go off, and we pull over. Our next emotion is usually...Read More»

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Report: Springdale, Utah Speed Trap Targets Foreign Tourists

Speed traps can ruin a summer road trip. It's not just the cost of the ticket that makes your blood boil; it's also that feeling that you're being targeted for being an out-of-towner, seen as a cash cow for a cash-strapped county. Most of us just grin, bear it, and try to move on. But according to...Read More»

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Don't Bother Looking Up: Tickets Issued By Airplane Plummet

Here's one less thing for summer road-trippers to worry about: speeding tickets doled out by airplanes. Of course, if you're planning to hit the highway this July 4 holiday, you'll still see the familiar signs that read, "State Police aircraft used in speed enforcement". But according to at least...Read More»

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Fake Police Officer May Be Killing Mississippi Drivers

Officials in Mississippi are investigating two roadside slayings that could be the work of a murderer posing as a police officer or highway patrolman. Both took place in the northern part of the state, not far from the Tennessee border. The first incident occurred on May 8 in Tunica County. The...Read More»

1998 Mercury Sable with blown tires from car chase
Drunken Mom Runs From Cops At 100 MPH--With Kids In The Car

Speeding and driving while under the influence already puts others in danger, but add kids to the back seat while doing both and you have a recipe for a very bad day. Unfortunately all three of these things happened early this morning in Oregon. The Oregonian has reported that early this morning a...Read More»

Red light camera in Beaverton, Oregon, from Wikipedia
Run A Red Light, Wreck Your Credit Rating?

Red-light cameras save lives, according to their manufacturers, by penalizing drivers who run traffic signals. If camera manufacturers are to be believed, just the presence of a red-light camera is often enough to slow drivers and make them more attentive. Opponents of red light cameras say their...Read More»

2010 Volvo XC90
Has The Government Attached GPS To Your Car?

There's no need to signal, the small-town joke goes, because everyone knows where you're going. We're learning you need to be less concerned about nosy Aunt Margaret than Uncle Sam. Mind you, what follows aren't the rants of a government conspiracy junkie, the kind that wears a tinfoil hat and is...Read More»

Red-light camera
More Cities Turn Off Red-Light Cameras: Is It A Trend?

Traffic cameras were once heralded as a way of making streets safer and lightening the loads of thinly stretched police departments, but now, the tide seems to be turning -- even against the once-popular red-light camera. Are voters pushing back on Big Brother? And if so, will they be successful?...Read More»

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Expired Car Registration? In D.C., You Go To Jail

When it comes to crime, Washington, D.C. ranked as the 22nd most dangerous city in the United States in 2010. For reference, that makes it more dangerous than cities like Newark, NJ and Atlanta, GA, neither of which are ideal for a late-night stroll. Washington, D.C., is cracking down on criminals...Read More»

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North America's Top 25 Speed-Trap Cities For 2011

If you're planning a road trip this long, Labor Day weekend, you might be preoccupied with thoughts of swimsuits, beach umbrellas, and maybe a last-minute oil change. But before pulling out of the driveway, you might also want to consider the location of speed traps, which can turn a quickie...Read More»

2005 GMC Yukon Denali used by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Tampa Mayor's Yukon Denali Was Once A Pimpmobile (Allegedly)

When Bob Buckhorn was sworn in as mayor of Tampa, Florida last April, he nobly decided to pick his city vehicle from the police department's forfeiture fleet. Unfortunately, most of the rides on the lot were luxury class, and given the state of the economy, the new mayor wanted to project a more...Read More»

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Florida Driver Ticketed For Warning Others Of Speed Trap: Legal Or Not?

Eric Campbell was driving on Veteran’s Expressway in Tampa, Florida, when he spotted the Florida Highway Patrol cars sitting in the median. Campbell, who was driving the speed limit, did what he’s always done: he flashed his high beams to warn oncoming traffic of the speed trap. One of...Read More»

Jeep Grand Cherokee Stuff With Fireworks
Police Arrest Driver Of Fireworks Laden SUV

Police have arrested the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee at Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda. The Grand Cherokee was full of fireworks and had a turret with multiple tubes attached to the roof. The police believe the suspect, 27 year-old Glenn Neff from Stewart, Florida, planned to launch...Read More»

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Berlin Car Burnings Have Authorities Wondering What Comes Next

Burning cars in Germany’s capital city is nothing new; in fact, it’s been occurring for years, mainly as a protest against rising rents and gentrification. In the past, it was easy to write off the arson as politically motivated, since most burnings were targeted to high-end luxury...Read More»

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Officer Tickets 215 Phantom Motorists For Seatbelt Violation

Across the U.S., in every state in the union (except New Hampshire), hundreds of drivers are ticketed each day for not wearing their seatbelts. In New Orleans, however, at least 215 of those tickets have gone to "phantom motorists", allowing one enterprising police officer to nab some extra pay. A...Read More»

NYPD - Cushmans by Flickr user tom_hoboken
NYPD Scanning Social Media To Track Criminals Online

As bad-guy technology is evolving, police departments across the nation are scrambling to keep up. The NYPD's latest weapon in the fight against car theft: a crack social media team formed to help track and catch criminals. According to the New York Daily News, the new team will "mine social media"...Read More»

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