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Categories: Safety

Cities And States Consider Measures To Squeeze Money Out Of Motorists.

On: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 9:45AM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Adding insult to injury, cash-strapped California is seeing some of the most aggressive efforts to squeeze money out of motorists by considering plans to send accident cleanup bills to drivers involved in a crash, according to the Association of California Insurance Companies. Many insurance companies do not cover cleanup fees. Drivers are already being double-tapped by a budget deal that increased the vehicle license fee owners pay to register their cars every year. A significant portion of the revenue goes to the state's general fund, and the rest to local crime prevention programs.


Think Twice Before Buying Green

On: Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 11:08AM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Thinking of going green by purchasing a Smart Car? Well, you may want to rethink that. I have on occasion blogged about many topics in the past dealing with alternative-fueled vehicles and it is no secret that I am a big proponent of “Green” technologies. I must now do a flip-flop on my position just a little.


Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

On: Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 12:14PM | By: Geoff Ciesla


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A disgruntled employee created a mess for customers after he hacked into a web-based vehicle immobilization system and remotely disabled vehicles.

Kevin Poulsen writes:

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.


Police with Austin’s High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership’s four Austin-area lots.


“We initially dismissed it as mechanical failure,” says Texas Auto Center manager Martin Garcia. “We started having a rash of up to a hundred customers at one time complaining. Some customers complained of the horns going off in the middle of the night. The only option they had was to remove the battery.”


Road Safety Worldwide

On: Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 12:38PM | By: Geoff Ciesla


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Next Generation Healthcare has an infographic depicting the number of traffic accidents around the globe from the Global Status Report by WHO this year. While infograghics are interesting, and often times informative, there seem to be some flaws with this graphic. The colors in this chart are poor. It would appear to some that the colors distinguish different territories and continents. Even though Greenland has been politically associated with Europe, it is physiographically a part of the continent of North America. As is the same with Europe and Russia, for Russia is not a part of Europe. In addition, most countries in Europe are not low income countries.

It must be coincidence that Africa and North America had exactly 234,768 vehicle- related fatalities.


 

Geez, Post Recall Problems Plauge Toyota

On: Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 12:49PM | By: John Welch


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Toyota, Toyota, Toyota, if it's not fixed, please don't give it back to us! Otherwise, the negative press might ensure that Ford overtakes you as the most popular car maker in America by the end of 2010. Count on it, Toyota; we may not be very bright, but we will rise against anything foreign that might be killing us. Remember Chinese lead? MMMmmm-hmmm, we do . . .


Shortening Yellow Lights Equal Wads Of Cash For Their Coffers

On: Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 6:13PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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According to AlterNet, some of the more enterprising and caring cities of the United States are using their rather large craniums to increase the revenues they accrue from red-light cameras. Are they placing out of work strippers around the traffic signals to distract drivers and encourage a little extra accelerator pressure? No, these bigheaded politicians have been shortening yellow lights to nab drivers with tickets at the expense of public safety


Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 3: What Akio Had To Say

On: Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 2:51PM | By: John Welch


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Mark McGwire was a hell of a baseball player. On the field, he was unstoppable. In court, not so much. Same with Roger Clemens. Testifying just wasn't their bag. How about Akio Toyoda? How did he fare against the awkward jabs and sideways questions presented to him on Capitol Hill?

Enter the post, and decide for yourself . . .


Toyota Recall Companion Pt. 2: The Mighty List

On: Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 4:30PM | By: John Welch


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Today Akio Toyoda is in Washington D.C., getting lambasted by the board of GM, err, the US government. We will have a complete report on what was said under the hot lights of the Capitol building, but for the moment we want to make sure that we all know exactly what Toyota vehicles might be disastrously unsafe to drive. The Mighty List, located inside yon post . ..


Toyota Takes Another Hit

On: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 4:27PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Like an MMA cage fight Toyota takes on more hits and it's getting ugly. A growing number of complaints over steering problems with Toyota Corolla, the most popular Toyota model in the United States, has sparked a federal investigation, and may result in yet another Toyota recall. The troubled automaker has already recalled millions of vehicles in recent months over defective gas pedals, floor mats, and problems with brakes.


Some Red Light Cameras Go Up. . . Cameras Not Generating Sufficient Revenue Come Down

On: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 12:09PM | By: Clay Ritchings


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While angry motorists have turned to everything from the ballot box to detectors with camera databases, camera enforcement devices continue to spread across this great land of ours. The only time they go away, apparently, is when they don't make money


Red Light Camera Ticketing Company Resorts To Bogus Threats

On: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 9:07AM | By: Clay Ritchings


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Red light camera companies’ profits are falling far below expectations all over the country. The cash cow is drying up for the cities because of the citizen effort to ban the cameras is gaining steam, and more and more drivers are ignoring the tickets they get in the mail after hearing from fellow speeders that there are often no consequences to doing so.