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Rescuers Find Very Alive Man in Submerged Car

After his car crashed into a California river, Michael Finn was able to breathe thanks to air pocket

(Newser) - It took more than two hours to extract him from his vehicle, and he'd been trapped inside it for more than two hours before that. Michael Finn is lucky to be alive after being pulled out of California's Klamath River early Wednesday after an accident that sent his... More »

Driver Gets Stuck on Tracks After GPS Gaffe

Pennsylvania police have a little fun posting about it

(Newser) - A woman learned the limits of GPS Wednesday when she turned off a road onto railway tracks and got stuck there—parallel to the tracks, USA Today reports. To make matters worse, cops gave her a ticket. "The GPS told me to do it..." quipped the City of... More »

Big Day Is Here: World's Longest Sea Bridge Set to Open

But only certain drivers will be allowed on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

(Newser) - Worries about its structural integrity haunted the world's longest sea bridge earlier this year, but the HZMB now appears to be set to open. CNN reports the $20 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge will officially have its ribbon cut Tuesday, nine years after construction on the bridge started, at... More »

Feds: Uber Driver Charged Woman $1K for Ride From Hell

He could face life in prison for kidnapping

(Newser) - An Uber driver in New York could get up to life in prison for the nightmarish ride he gave a woman earlier this year. Federal prosecutors say Harbir Parmar picked the woman up the night of Feb. 21 to drive her from Manhattan to her home in White Plains, about... More »

Man's 'Dim View' of Women Led to Shootings, Cops Say

Nicholas D'Agostino has been accused in two attacks of female drivers

(Newser) - A Texas man has been accused of shooting multiple female drivers because of their gender. Per BuzzFeed News , Nicholas D'Agostino was arrested Thursday after he was initially released on bond in connection with the July shooting of a Katy woman. Last week, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said... More »

Are Amazon's 'Last Mile' Drivers 'Utterly Expendable'?

Gizmodo says contracted workers aren't exactly living the dream that job ads push

(Newser) - Amazon has an open secret that few pay heed to: a "nearly invisible workforce" that works to get consumers their packages on demand, per Gizmodo . Bryan Menegus dives into the company's Flex program, responsible for the firm's "last-mile" service, which involves getting ordered goods to a... More »

Don't Want to Get in a Car Crash? This State's Your Best Bet

Montana has the safest drivers

(Newser) - In 2016, there were more than 40,000 motor-vehicle deaths in the US, per the National Safety Council . And while factors beyond drivers' control, such as weather, may play a role in these fatalities, 24/7 Wall St. notes that "driver choice" (as in choosing to text or break the... More »

Uber Attempts to Make Peace With Drivers

Company unveils new policies, 24/7 support line

(Newser) - Hoping to erase all memory of its recent troubles, Uber has unveiled a host of new policies aimed at better treatment of its drivers—though forgetful riders might not be so thrilled. Among the recent policy changes making headlines is a new rule requiring riders to pay $15 to have... More »

'Damn Near Everybody' Uses Phones While Driving

Zendrive shares concerning numbers in largest distracted-driving analysis yet

(Newser) - An eyebrow-raising new study assesses the extent of distracted driving, with stats revealing just how many people use their cellphones while behind the wheel. "Damn near everybody … damn near all the time," Wired concludes after reviewing the Zendrive report, which the driving analytics company says is the... More »

Uber CEO: 'To Say I Am Ashamed Is Understatement'

Travis Kalanick caught on video arguing with driver

(Newser) - "To say I am ashamed is an understatement," Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in an email to staff after video of him arguing with a driver surfaced. In the video, Uber driver Fawzi Kamel provided to Bloomberg , Kamel argues about falling fares for the high-end UberBlack service at... More »

10 States With Worst Drivers

Well, hello, Florida

(Newser) - Figuring out which states have the worst drivers is a little subjective, but SmartAsset tries to make things a bit more tangible by factoring in things such as DUI arrests, deaths per 1,000 drivers, the number of uninsured drivers, and, interestingly, Google searches about speeding tickets. Your worst offenders:... More »

Drowsy Drivers as Bad as Drunk Drivers: Report

Fatigue kills 5K on our roads each year, says GHSA

(Newser) - Drivers are told to "get more sleep" in an alarming new report that finds drowsy drivers are much like drunk drivers but get far less attention. A person who's been awake for 18 hours has a similar driving ability as someone with a 0.05% blood-alcohol content, while... More »

Google's 'Robot' System Can Now Be Considered Legal Driver

This could be a big step

(Newser) - Up until recently, Google's self-driving cars have been limited to real-world activity only in certain states (i.e., not on the federal level), and only under certain conditions, Quartz notes. But this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a Feb. 4 letter saying Google's self-driving system,... More »

Customer Rips Autistic Driver, Eatery Fires ... the Customer

Sometimes customer isn't right, he's rude

(Newser) - The old adage about the customer always being right ground to a precipitous halt at one Alaska restaurant earlier this month when aforementioned customer called Little Italy Restaurante to loudly complain that its delivery driver had messed up an order, "was an idiot and strung out on drugs."... More »

In China, Some Drivers Hit to Kill

It costs less money to pay for a funeral than a lifetime of care

(Newser) - In the US, hit-and-runs are not only frowned upon, they're often prosecuted if the perpetrator is caught. In China, hitting and running from the scene leaves open the possibility of being responsible for a lifetime of medical bills, so some drivers who hit then throw the car in reverse... More »

UPS Drivers Don't Turn Left

'Mental Floss' catalogs that and other 'secrets' of the company's fleet

(Newser) - If you find yourself in traffic behind one of those big brown trucks from UPS, chances are you're not in a left-turn lane. As Mental Floss explains, the company has figured out that left turns wind up wasting a lot of time and gas as drivers sit there waiting... More »

Surgeons Are the Most Accident-Prone Drivers

Medical workers are involved in a lot of wrecks, study suggests

(Newser) - People who spend much of their working lives stitching up accident victims are among those most likely to cause car accidents, according to a startling new study from Britain. The analysis commissioned by financial services firm Moneysupermarket.com found that surgeons were the most likely to file an at-fault claim—... More »

Judge: It's Legal to Flash Your Headlights to Warn of Cops

It's within your First Amendment rights, he rules

(Newser) - Drivers of the world, unite—because the coppers can't stop you from doing so, a federal judge in St. Louis ruled this week. It's a common custom of the road to flash your headlights at oncoming traffic to warn them if they're about to pass a police... More »

Really Illegal: Driver Laps Manhattan in 24 Minutes

Police commissioner is not impressed

(Newser) - The NYPD is on the lookout after an anonymous driver posted a video that appears to show him (or her) driving all the way around Manhattan (a 26.5-mile loop) in 24 minutes, 7 seconds. That would be an unofficial record, MyFox New York reports; the previous mark was 26:... More »

Smartphones May Help Pedestrians Dodge Cars

Honda, others working on warning technology

(Newser) - Automakers are working on technology that could cut down on the number of pedestrians hit by distracted drivers—or on the number of distracted pedestrians who walk in front of cars. It's a warning system that uses GPS systems on smartphones and something called dedicated short range communications, reports... More »

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