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Of all the people to hit while driving drunk…

…An on-duty cop??  This lady is screwed.  And she very well should be.
Out on bail for another pending DUI?!?!?  Dumb, dumb, dumb.

John B.


Derry Officer Struck During Traffic Detail
Driver Charged With Drunken Driving

POSTED: 4:35 pm EDT July 25, 2007
UPDATED: 7:39 am EDT July 26, 2007

WINDHAM, N.H. — A Derry, N.H., police officer was injured Wednesday
afternoon when he was struck by a pickup truck while working a traffic
detail in Windham, police said.

Officer Robert Moore, 34, was flown to a Boston hospital with serious
injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Susan Foss, 43, of Derry, was arrested and charged with drunken driving.

Police said that she had been charged with drunken driving in Nashua and
Salem during the 1990s. Foss was out on bail for after being arrested on
suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Pelham earlier this month. Windham
police have charged Foss with aggravated DWI.

Police said that Moore stopped traffic on Route 28 to allow a piece of heavy
machinery to cross the road. A pickup truck traveling south struck the
officer, police said.

Moore has been on the force for five years.

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More Cops Out of Control: Speeding Cop in Cruiser Strikes Car, Killing Another Innocent Person


Responding to a call about a speeding motorcycle, this imbecile plowed
head-on into a Mustang driven by an innocent man and killed him.

They need to train these cops and get rid of those deathtrap American-
made cars they all drive that CANNOT HANDLE HIGH SPEED MANUEVERING.

American cars being driven by untrained, rogue cops at high speed:  a
deadlier combination than any DUI.

Of course, the media reports this incident as simply an "accident",
circumventing any scrutiny over the cop’s driving or WHY or HOW he
plowed into an innocent person.

The media needs police to get breaking news.  That is why cops always
get a pass when they do something like this.

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SMF: Speediot Mob Frenzy (or) Stupid Mother F—–s

See and feel the heat from the Speediot Mob Frenzy on a road
near you! Pedal to the metal, flirtin’ with disaster and
blissfully unaware of it. Automatic overdrive, cruise control,
stayin’ alive; out of sheer luck in many cases.

The mob is rarely more than a second behind at any speed, acting
like Murphy never made a law. If the mob sees that you’re
following the 3-second rule (safe driving) they’ll punish you
for it! Tailgaters hate those who _don’t_ tailgate. It doesn’t
occur to speediots that if the car ahead isn’t accelerating,
they can go equally fast 100 yards behind as they can 30 feet
behind. They’ll catch up quick enough at the former distance.
But that doesn’t give them the satisfaction of harassing a sane
driver. Oh no. They’ll pass you and whip in front of you, then
slam on their brakes out of ignorance of what they missed ahead,
or just to show you "who they are." Impressive stuff; the
ability to put one’s shoe on a slush-box gas pedal, then a brake
pedal. Bada bing, bada boom.

Speaking of brakes, the speediot 85th Percentile is always
braking at the last second, trying to edge their way into some
slot, if only briefly, to congratulate themselves for finding
_that_ hole. They need to get to Starbucks before the other
Bimmer yuppies, even though there’s an endless stream on the
boulevard. After work, don’t make them a second late to Target
or Wal-Mart, where they’ll stroll around like slugs for 45
minutes. Speediots are routinely nonathletic when they climb out
of their rigs. Lots of muscle in those overkill V-8s and lots of
flab on the drivers. A study concluded that MPG is actually
suffering due to passenger obesity.

That brings us to speediots’ vehicles of choice. Anything big
and made by Dodge is a given. The more menacing the grille, the
better. Thuglife wheels and low-profile tires make it better
still! Anything big and made by GM; likewise to all of the
above. Ford trucks seem to have more conservative drivers but
that could be a local fluke. Speediots in sports cars go without
saying, though there’s a segment of sports car owners who’ve
educated themselves on physics (crashed and found religion)?
Some speed freaks prefer battered econo-cars; the types whose
life is in such disarray they’ll push anything to its limit.
Milkshake cups on the dash; you know the types.

Have you seen the phenomenon of Prius rage? A speediot, usually
in some full-sized SUV/truck, spots a hybrid driver trying to
conserve fuel at an "old lady’s" speed of 65-ish. Legal limit
within 50 feet of the left lane? Forget it! This is America! The
chosen lane of the Priusite really doesn’t matter, just the fact
that they are speed-conscious (as in not on pell-mell throttle
all the damned time). The Prius rager tailgates the hybrid with
head tilted sideways and back at a smug angle, then does a pass-
and-brake maneuver as described above. True satisfaction, NASCAR
style, with all the intellect that goes with it.

Don’t ask these egomaniac dirtbags to worry about global warming
or conserving fuel in any scenario. Gas prices are their ex-
wife’s curse or the government’s fault, never the fact that
Hubbert was right. Don’t tell speediots that America could save
millions of gallons each day by driving moderately in all
vehicles. Those concerns are nothing compared to tonight’s
beerfest, starting at eight. Don’t tell a speedfart that
_anything_ matters but their precious, narcissistic, big damned

When one driver among the speediot mob gets unlucky, there’s
often a chain reaction "accident" that takes out other speediots
and safe bystanders. The disgusting thing is that the 85th
Percentile of lucky speeders rarely acknowledges that ANY one of
them could have created that physics lesson in a flash. But,
come the next round of bad winter fog, they’ll be experiencing
more nasty togetherness. That’s when the tailgater domino effect
kicks in and speediots stack up like pancakes.

As usual, there’s no lack of speediocy in today’s news:


Read those tragic stories, you average, ignorant, speeding,
tailgating, brain-dead, rarely-thinking-ahead drivers. I dare
you to just glance at them.



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Dumb Arsed Car Thieves

xposted from aus.cars:

people I know had their busted old XF Falcon ute stolen a few weeks back
it was a heap of shit, red with white guards, stereo not working etc.
it was just a work ute

Cops catch the thieves in Deception Bay driving the ute 2 weeks later
and they had apparently done a couple of break ins using it.
so people get their ute back, but it’s not in the same condition as you
would normally expect, The thing is they got it back in BETTER condition.
The dickheads who stole it painted the guards to match the rest of the
body, fitted 2 big subwoofers and new front speakers, neatly wired up
the stereo and with an amp and got it working quite nicely, made a
centre floor console for it, gave it a tune up, and as a bonus, left a
huge wallet full of CDs, DVDs(some porn) and a heap of 20s and 50s in
the console

Pimp My Ride D/Bay style



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Re: insurance question

Jim Patterson wrote:
> Ladies and Gents,

> My insurance company (who always seems to want to sell me MORE)
> contacted me suggesting that our automobile liability coverage is
> lower than the value of our house (house is about $800K).  She
> suggests that our liability should be AT LEAST as much as the value
> of our house because if someone sues us for an auto accident, they
> could put a lean against the house.


First, your Automobile Insurance Company is obligated to defend
you against any action brought, with their lawyers, at their expense.

Second, do you own your $800k house free and clear, or is
there a mortgage on it reducing your actual equity?

Third, 1/2 of said equity which would be your wife’s if she is also
listed on the deed, or in some states she doesn’t even need
to be on the deed to have a marital interest in the primary residence.

Fourth, many states have a Homestead Exemption which protects
your primary residence from lawsuits/forfeiture up to certain amounts
of equity value.

> It sounds logical. Years ago, I heard that if someone sues you
> because of an auto accident, their lawyers usually go for the easy
> money which is the amount of liability insurance you have on your car.

Yep, and the LARGER your policy limits, the BIGGER target you become.

If you are going to increase any coverage, increase your own Medical,
Personal Injury, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage. Those
protect and pay YOU and YOUR family in the event of an accident,
not some other stranger who *may* sue you.

> If this does turn out to be advisable, I intend to go out for quotes
> before changing my coverage.

Don’t be a chump. Taking your commissioned insurance agent’s
advice on coverage limits is like asking a Barber if he thinks
you need a haircut.

- — -

> Thanks,
> Jim

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Wash Post: Va. Enacted Bad-Driver Fees Despite Red Flags

Va. Enacted Bad-Driver Fees Despite Red Flags

By Tim Craig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 24, 2007; A01

RICHMOND, July 23 — Virginia lawmakers imposed steep new fees on bad
drivers this year despite warning signs from states with similar programs
that they cause a surge in unlicensed motorists and have crippling effects
on the poor.

The licenses of tens of thousands of motorists in New Jersey and Michigan
have been suspended because they cannot afford the fees, and little evidence
has emerged that such fines improve highway safety, according to state
officials and studies.

Numerous lawmakers, judges and social activists in both states have sought
to either repeal the fees or make major changes in how they are collected.
But once the programs are implemented, they are difficult to get rid of,
because state lawmakers are unwilling to give up the revenue they raise,
judges and lawmakers said.

"I think it is a very destructive piece of legislation that is designed
primarily for revenue purposes and is disguised as a highway safety
measure," said William C. Buhl, a Circuit Court judge in Van Buren County,
Mich. "In my opinion, it increases the dangers on the highways because it
creates an enormous, growing pool of unlicensed motorists."

In February, Virginia’s Republican-controlled General Assembly voted
overwhelmingly to assess fees as high as $3,000, payable over three years,
on felony and misdemeanor convictions for such crimes as reckless and
drunken driving. Virginia motorists with eight points on their records would
have to pay a surcharge of $100 plus $75 for each additional point. Failure
to pay results in license suspension.

Lawmakers predicted that the measures, in effect since July 1, would improve
highway safety and raise $65 million a year, to be used for new road and
rail projects. On Monday, however, Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince
William) joined a growing list of legislators calling for repeal, saying the
measures are "beyond repair."

At a news conference last week defending the fees, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D)
and House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) said they had no
information to suggest that there were problems in states that use such

When Buhl heard that Virginia lawmakers were considering the fees last year,
he e-mailed all 140 legislators, explaining why he thought the program was a
failure in Michigan, which began assessing the fees in 2003. No one
responded, Buhl said.

Officials in Michigan and New Jersey say Virginians should brace for
problems, including clogged courts and the prospect of thousands of
residents having to choose between keeping their licenses and paying their

"Had any lawmaker in Virginia called me, I would have said, ‘Don’t do it,’ "
said Tom Pearce (R-Kent), a state representative in Michigan. "An awful lot
of my colleagues would not have voted on these had they understood the
unintended consequences."

In 1983, New Jersey became the first state to assess the fees, which range
from $300 to $4,500 over three years and pay for insurance for those unable
to obtain coverage. The $100 million raised annually goes into the state’s
general fund.

New Jersey issues about 800,000 license suspension notices a year, a quarter
of which result when people are unable to pay the surcharges, according to
the New Jersey Treasury Department. A 2001 study by the New Jersey Institute
for Social Justice found that the suspensions were creating a permanent

Under pressure to repeal the fees, the state commissioned a study last year
that found that although only 16 percent of residents live in low-income
areas, those neighborhoods house nearly 40 percent of the people whose
licenses have been suspended for failure to pay fees and fines.

The commission recommended increasing the amount of time to pay, a proposal
under consideration by the legislature. But the commission stopped short of
saying that the fees should be scrapped.

"The commission set up was not comfortable recommending the program be
dissolved, largely because it’s an integral part of New Jersey’s finance
system," said Jon Carnegie, who was a principal investigator for the

Virginia Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax), who helped develop the state’s
abusive-driver law, said he was unaware of the study and received only
"glowing reports" from New Jersey officials about how the fees have made
roads safer there. Albo said he did not remember getting an e-mail from

Cathleen Lewis, a New Jersey motor vehicle agency spokeswoman, said there is
no way to determine whether the fees "conclusively impact highway safety."

In Michigan, traffic fatalities declined 12 percent from 2003 to 2005,
compared with a 2.2 percent increase nationwide during that period,
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A spokesman
for the Michigan State Police said it is too early to tell whether the
decline can be attributed to the fees.

Michigan motorists convicted of some misdemeanors and felonies must pay
between $500 and $1,000 for consecutive years in addition to a fine and
court costs. Michigan drivers with seven points on their licenses must pay
$100, then $50 for each additional point.

The Michigan fees are supposed to raise $80 million to $100 million
annually. But the state has a collection rate of 40 percent because so many
people cannot afford to pay them, state officials said.

A bill in the Michigan legislature, sponsored by Sen. John J. Gleason
(D-Genesee), aims to repeal the fees. But Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (D) said
through a spokesman that the state, which has a projected budget deficit of
$1.8 billion, cannot afford to repeal them. The fees are also being
challenged in Michigan’s Supreme Court.

Michigan has issued 750,000 suspension notices for failure to pay the fees
since they went into effect in October 2003.

In December, Buhl and three other Michigan judges told a legislative
committee that the state’s unlicensed motorists are increasing in number and
are regularly fleeing police. Once caught, they face another round of fees
they cannot afford.

Several judges in Michigan are taking matters into their own hands by
lessening the charges for some motorists so that the fees are not triggered.

"We are trying our best to get them past this rather than impose another
$1,000 fine on them, or they would never drive. They would just be poor
forever," said District Court Judge Roger J. La Rose, who presides in
suburban Detroit.

In Virginia, Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Bushnell said state
prosecutors are bracing for similar problems.

"The way this thing works out, it is going to have an absolutely ruinous
effect on financially challenged Virginians," he said. "To my knowledge, no
one from the police was consulted. We weren’t consulted. The court clerks
weren’t consulted. Had it come up, I think the General Assembly would have
been aware of all kinds of concerns from Virginians about the unanticipated
downside to this program."

Staff researcher Robert W. Lyford contributed to this report.


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Aftermarket Steering Wheels

Hey, I’ve been debating recently wether or not to purchase an
aftermarket steering wheel, and cant seem to find any discussions or
debates relating to the safety of the issue.. As you know, aftermarket
steering wheels don’t have airbags. Wether its legal or not is also
abit of a gray area depending on wether you live in the US or Canada,
what state/province etc… but legality in my case is not an issue,
lots of cars have them around here and police never trouble anyone.. I
recently drove a friend’s car that had one installed and noticed a
HUGE difference in performance and handling. The wheel was much
stiffer, responsive, grippier and smaller, and made the car handle
like a go kart! Not to mention they look really great in a nice
car…but are they moderately safe or is it a significant risk? The
subject seems to be rather untalked about…I was trying to find some
statistics on airbags, and it turns out that (if im not mistaken) they
reduce fatalities in automobile crashes by 8% annually, meaning
something like they save 400 lives a year in the US. However, airbags
also seem to be quite dangerous too, causing fatalities too. There
seems to be a longer list of things that can go accidentally wrong
with an airbag (such as deploying after impact, prematurealy, causing
serious injury or fatality) than there is a list of benefits. I am
sure there must be a list of benefits of having superior control with
an aftermarket performance steering wheel without an airbag
also…anybody have any feedback on the issue?

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Lohan Busted AGAIN (July 24th)

What a fucking moron


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Shaking Car

My 97 Geo Prism seems to be shaking really badly after it gets past 60
mph or so.  The shaking is odd, though.  It will shake for a few
seconds, then stop shaking for a moment, then shake again. It will
alternate like this for the entire time that it is over 60 mph.  What
could cause this behavior?


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