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Lawsuit names motor vehicle registrar in drunk driving death



Lawsuit names motor vehicle registrar in drunk driving death

Wed Jan 31, 9:48 AM

ST. JOHNS (CBC) – The family of a Swedish man killed in a drunk driving
accident in western Newfoundland has launched a wide-ranging lawsuit
against the driver, a bar, the police and even the registrar of motor

Peter Svedberg, 54, was a passenger in a car that slammed into a signpost
on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Svedberg, a master mariner from Sweden, had come to Corner Brook on a
paper boat.

On July 3, 2005, he met Debra Buckle at a local nightclub and afterward
left in Buckle’s car. Ten minutes later, after a police chase, he was
fatally injured in a crash.

Buckle was later sentenced to 101/2 years in prison.

Svedberg’s family is suing, alleging in court documents that Buckle was
negligent, that she didn’t obey police when ordered to stop and that she
was drunk at the time of the accident.

The lawsuit, still in its early stages, also says Royal Newfoundland
Constabulary officers saw Buckle and Svedberg getting into her car just
before the accident and that the high-speed chase that followed was

The registrar for motor vehicles is also named in the lawsuit. Court
documents claim Buckle had been in an accident two weeks earlier and that
her licence should have been revoked at that time.

The last party named in the lawsuit is Club 64 in Corner Brook, where
Buckle was drinking that night.

Each party has denied any responsibility. They said Svedberg voluntarily
got into Buckle’s car knowing that she’d been drinking and that they
didn’t do anything to cause the accident.

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Video: Total Traffic Chaos….

You will be glad not drving in these places at

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Thunderbird Crashes into Cell Phone Store


"Car Crashes Into Raleigh Alltel Store

"Posted: Jan. 31 6:26 p.m.
"Updated: Jan. 31 8:30 p.m.

"A North Raleigh Alltel Wireless store was damaged Wednesday when a
woman’s car crashed through its window.

"Police said Sharon S. Markle’s convertible Ford Thunderbird veered
left in the parking lot, hit a curb at about 25 mph and became
airborne, then crashed through the store window at and stopped inside
the store at 4421 Falls of Neuse Road, just south of Millbrook Road.

"Police said Markle, 55, of Raleigh, had been stopped in the travel
lane of the parking lot before the accident..

"There were no reports of injuries, but Markle was taken to WakeMed as
a precaution, police said.

"Police said charges are pending. No figure was immediately available
for the damage to the store."


I have been to this store many times. The store is off a parking lot
driveway and is at right angles to the parking lot driveway. The
parking area is seperated from the driveway by a line of shrubs and a
significant drop off. It sounds like she was driving down the driveway
(too fast) and for some reason jerked the car to the left.


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SPP and the carbon tax


The North American Forum presentations discussed immigration and border
enforcement; full economic and energy integration including
infrastructure and transportation; a North American investment fund; and
common customs and duties.  The idea of a carbon tax was raised as a
means to combat so-called global warming.  References to the Security and
Prosperity Partnership (SPP) occur throughout the documents.

The notes for the presentations document the need to overcome popular
opposition to North American integration:  .To what degree does a concept
of North America help/hinder solving problems between the three
countries?.While a vision is appealing working on the infrastructure
might yield more benefit and bring more people on board (.evolution by


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"Humans 'very likely' making earth warmer" is wrong

Hey, that I knew. What is missing in this report though is who among
humans are to blame. See, NOT ALL HUMANS POLLUTE: some drive Stupid
Unnecessary Vehicles while others ride bicycles. And how about those
who –like me– want to ride a bike, but find there’s no safe place
for it. It’s a frightful jungle out there, you know. So we must sit
back and swallow in disgust reports like this that blame all humans.
But I say to these so called experts: Hey guys, it’s not "humans,"
it’s the lions of the jungle that ride SUVs to satisfy their
Napoleonic complex, and it’s those who can change things, but rather
decide to spend a fortune in extravagant projects. Well, this is
Napoleon himself…


(Bush and Napoleon… http://www.counterpunch.org/madsen04102003.html)


One day all the little animals went up to the King of the Jungle and
complained about their poverty, and in particular about the fact that
every time, during the dry season, they had to travel long distances
to drink the precious fluid, and demanded a WATER WELL be built for
them… They cited how the resources that they contributed to the
kingdom were wasted in WARS and EXTRAVAGANT PROJECTS to the tastes of
the King… He, however, replied with all kinds of excuses: the lack
of resources, that it wasn’t a matter of him not wanting it, but that
it was a matter of "priorities" –which was one of his favorite

Meanwhile, an Owl –who had very good eyes– had been observing life
in the jungle, and thought this way: "Every time there’s a dry season
the little animals must come to the little dirty waterhole where the
Lion waits for them… Had they been well fed and strong, he would
have had to run after them and even risk resistance. And, more
importantly, the little animals are forced to fight the Lion’s wars as
the quick way out of poverty…"

And that’s how the Owl landed an important –and well paid– post in
the brand new Astronomy Department created by the King of the Jungle —
to the effect of exploring life in other planets…


PARIS – Officials from 113 countries agreed Thursday that a much-
awaited international report will say that global warming was "very
likely" caused by human activity, delegates to a climate change
conference said. Dozens of scientists and bureaucrats are editing the
new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in closed-
door meetings in Paris. Their report, which must be unanimously
approved, is to be released Friday.

Two participants, speaking on condition of anonymity because the
meetings are confidential, said the group approved the term "very
likely" in Thursday’s sessions. That means they agree that there is a
90 percent chance that global warming is human-caused.

The last report, in 2001, said global warming was "likely" caused by
human activity. There had been speculation that the participants might
try to change the wording this time to "virtually certain," which
means a 99 percent chance.

The report is considered an authoritative document that could
influence government and industrial policy worldwide.




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Another Florida, "Jury Gone Wild."

Ref: http://www.news4jax.com/news/10903669/detail.html

<< note: above was kinda slow to download. >>

The short of it, The teen driver blew a stop sign and got Darwinized for
it. Grieving parents sue seemingly everyone in sight and get $4 Million
for their daughter’s shitty driving. Ka-CHING!!!

Scott, Brent and a few others, you might want to brace (as I will) for
the inevitable posts from the kids "relatives," that will emminate from
various web based servers.

"Who the hell you calling crazy? You wouldn’t know what crazy was
If Charles Manson was eating Froot Loops on your front porch…."
                                         –Suicidal Tendencies

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One way of driving "through" traffic…


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Anyone know if this road sign really exists?


If that link is broken, here’s a tiny url for the same.


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Another highway distraction – Billboards address YOU using RFID chips in your key fob


Via RFID, these billboards know you by name

By Barnaby J. Feder  The New York Times
Published: January 29, 2007, 9:28 AM PST

Each day, it seems, marketers go further in their quest to deliver
messages so engaging and personalized that one cannot help feeling

The latest step will be seen Monday in four cities when Mini USA begins
delivering custom messages to Mini Cooper owners on digital signs the
company calls "talking" billboards.

The boards, which usually carry typical advertising, are programmed to
identify approaching Mini drivers through a coded signal from a radio
chip embedded in their key fob. The messages are personal, based on
questionnaires that owners filled out: "Mary, moving at the speed of
justice," if Mary is a lawyer, or "Mike, the special of the day is
speed," if Mike is a chef.

The experiment adds a new wrinkle to the wrangling among marketers and
safety experts over whether drivers might be dangerously distracted by
messages flashed on the growing number of digital billboards around the
nation. Some communities have forced billboard owners to modify or turn
off such signs, and the federal government has said it will soon publish
a review of the research on the subject.


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Mayor going to prison for demanding a bribe from RLC company


Missouri: 18 Months in Jail for Red Light Camera Bribe
Red light camera bribe will put the former mayor of St. Peters, Missouri
in prison for at least nine months.

A federal judge on Monday sentenced the former mayor of St. Peters,
Missouri to 18 months in jail for soliciting a bribe from Australian red
light camera vendor Redflex. In August, a grand jury indicted Shawn
Brown, 35, after he demanded $2750 from Redflex in return for his signing
an ordinance that allowed the company to land a lucrative photo
enforcement contract


Scandals have rocked the photo enforcement industry. Earlier this month,
a top Redflex salesman was convicted of $1.2 million in fraud. Redflex
competitor ACS is on trial in Edmonton, Canada for bribing two police
officers to secure approval of a $90 million no-bid photo ticketing
contract. In November, the CEO and CFO of ACS stepped down after
admitting to $51 million in stock options fraud.



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