reckless driving

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Body Cam Captures Cop Clinging to Speeding Car

Officer taken to hospital before suspect was caught

(Newser) - If Florida police officer Jon Cusack thought his visit to a retirement community to check on an unconscious couple in a car would be relatively uneventful Tuesday, he thought wrong. The visit would end only after Cusack was dragged by a speeding car for about a half-mile, according to police... More »

Driver Shuts Eyes to Pray, Crashes Into House

She's charged with reckless driving

(Newser) - Some might say a prayer in anticipation of a car crash. A Florida woman's prayer apparently caused one. The 28-year-old was driving in Mary Esther when she ran a stop sign, drove onto a yard, and crashed into a house, police tell the Northwest Florida Daily News . She then... More »

6-Year-Olds Prove To Be Awful Drivers During Joyride

They left a 3-block trail of destruction in their wake

(Newser) - Police say two 6-year-old boys took a joyride in a pickup truck through a central Kansas town, damaging five other vehicles and two mailboxes along the way. Newton police Sgt. Josh Millspaugh says the boys' three-block journey ended about 4:30pm Tuesday when they rammed another truck. One of the... More »

Man Drove 6 Miles With Wife on SUV's Roof: Cops

Why, yes, it happened in Florida

(Newser) - Take my wife, please—off the roof of my car. Cops say a Florida man drove 6 miles with his spouse clinging to the top of his SUV, the Smoking Gun reports. Per a police report , Officer Christopher Ruediger was pulling up to an intersection in Stuart shortly after midnight... More »

Charges: Man Intentionally Caused 22 Car Crashes

He collected $56K in insurance money over 6 years

(Newser) - A Utah man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly getting into nearly two dozen car accidents on purpose in order to collect the insurance money, KSL reports. Navid Monjazeb is accused of causing 22 crashes in and around Salt Lake City between 2010 and 2015, collecting $56,000 in... More »

Crazy Reckless Driving Case in Beverly Hills Gets Weirder

Cars are owned by sheikh who allegedly falsely claimed diplomatic immunity

(Newser) - A case of reckless driving last weekend in Beverly Hills involved a $1.4 million Ferrari, false claims of diplomatic immunity , an alleged death threat, a Middle Eastern sheikh, and zero arrests. The whole thing started Sept. 12 when the swanky Los Angeles neighborhood was terrorized by a yellow Ferrari... 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 »

Woman Drives for 200 Miles—While Sleeping

Police tracked New Zealand woman by her cell phone

(Newser) - A New Zealand woman drove overnight for nearly 200 miles and sent texts as she went—but was probably asleep the whole time. It all started when a concerned friend contacted police shortly after midnight Wednesday because the unnamed woman, who has a sleep disorder, took sleeping pills and drove... More »

Bus Driver Taped Doing What Behind the Wheel?

George Simpson Jr. caught masturbating on video

(Newser) - New Jersey's transit agency has removed a bus driver for committing a lewd act on the job, and that's putting it nicely: A commuter videotaped 41-year-old George Simpson Jr. masturbating behind the wheel. The video shows him maneuvering the bus through heavy traffic and the Lincoln Tunnel while... More »

Bieber Now on NFL's Bad Side

Dear Justin: Keyshawn Johnson would probably win in a fight

(Newser) - Justin Bieber's terrible driving may have finally gotten him into real trouble ... with the NFL. Former football star Keyshawn Johnson told police he saw Bieber's Ferrari speeding highway-style inside their gated California community over the holiday weekend ... while Johnson's 3-year-old daughter was playing in her driveway. He... More »

Police Chase Woman, 76, for Miles—at 10mph

Cops form blockade to catch elderly driver

(Newser) - British cops spent more than an hour yesterday in hot pursuit of an elderly lady ... who was driving under 10mph. Police pursued Caroline Turner, 76, for 17 miles after she went the wrong way in a traffic circle, the Daily Mail reports. She didn't stop when police turned their... More »

Flipping the Bird Leads to Car Crash

3 hospitalized in accident

(Newser) - It wasn’t that flipping the bird provoked road rage: Instead, it was the physical act of giving the finger that led a Tacoma woman to lose control at the wheel, KING5 reports. The 23-year-old couldn’t change lanes because an SUV was in her way, so she brandished her... More »

Driver Who Killed Teen Suing Victim's Parents

He claims they are at fault for allowing son to ride bike in street

(Newser) - David Weaving, a 48-year-old with five drunk driving arrests, was convicted last year of running over and killing 14-year-old Matthew Kenney—but now he’s suing Matthew’s parents. Weaving was accused of unsafely passing a car at 83mph in a 45mph zone when he struck Matthew, who was riding... More »

Why You Drive Like a Maniac

Maybe you play too many video games or just think you drive well

(Newser) - Cars should be safer than ever—we’ve got airbags, seatbelts, antilock brakes, and more—yet traffic deaths have remained steady. Why? Because most drivers are assholes, that’s why. Cracked decided there must be a scientific explanation for that, and found several:
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Teens Cop to Texting and Driving—But Say Dad's Worse

No age limit for bad behavior behind wheel

(Newser) - One-third of 16- and 17-year-olds say they have written text messages while behind the wheel. Despite that, young drivers are actually more responsible than many adults: 48% of respondents aged 12 to 17 say they’ve been in the car with a driver who was texting. One boy said his... More »

Only Fines Will Get Drivers Off the Phone: Experts

Conference tells Transportation Department to get tough

(Newser) - If the Department of Transportation wants to curb distracted driving, it’ll have to do more than ask nicely, concluded experts at last week’s conference on the issue. Previous efforts to curb drunk driving and promote seat belt safety have proven that drivers don’t respond without the threat... More »

Federal Workers Banned From Texting While Driving

Executive order is part of larger push against distracted driving

(Newser) - Federal employees are now forbidden from sending text messages while driving on government business or operating government vehicles. The new executive order, signed by President Obama last night, also encourages executive agencies to adopt texting bans for contractors, reports ABC. "To put it plainly, distracted driving is a menace... More »

Experts Doubt Gory Crash Video Will Trim Teen Texting

(Newser) - A horrifying car crash video graphically highlighting the gory dangers of texting behind the wheel has been viewed some 4 million times online. But experts doubt that it will significantly change teen driver behavior, reports the New York Times. The video-gone-viral has been the buzz of schools since it was... More »

George Michael Busted After Car Crash

He's detained on suspicion of DUI, but not charged

(Newser) - George Michael was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk or drugged after his Range Rover slammed into the back of a truck on a British highway last night, the Sun reports. Police, however, released him 6 hours later without charge. The singer, who just got his license back in June... More »

Mom Nabbed for Breastfeeding While Driving

Unrepentant Ohio woman charged with endangering her child

(Newser) - Turns out, it’s not legal to breastfeed and drive at the same time. Genine Compton found that out the hard way when a male motorist spotted the Ohio woman chatting on a cellphone and breastfeeding one child while driving her other children to school. When police tracked Compton down,... More »

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