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10 Cities With Highest Speeds in Fatal Crashes

Slow down, California

(Newser) - Tourists may be wary of hailing a speeding cab in Manhattan, but the Big Apple doesn't even fall in the top 20 "fastest" US cities, let alone the top 10, per an Auto Insurance Center examination of speeding deaths across the country. The center looked at more than... More »

Ex-NASA Astronaut Faces Murder Charges

2 young girls killed in car wreck involving James Halsell Jr.

(Newser) - A retired NASA astronaut who flew on five space shuttle missions has been charged with murder after an early-morning car crash in Alabama took the lives of two young half-sisters, per AL.com . A 2015 Chrysler allegedly being driven by James Halsell Jr., 59, smashed into a Ford Fiesta at... More »

Booze, Speed Tied to Crash That Killed Survivor of Boston Bombing

Just hours after a rider in the ill-fated Ferrari promised no speeding in Dubai

(Newser) - "Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;)" was Cody Nixon's final Instagram post , showing the Canadian boxer standing next to said yellow Ferrari just hours before the crash early Sunday that killed him and three others , including Boston Marathon... More »

Florida Citizen Pulls Over Cop for Speeding

'Um, I don’t know how fast I was going'

(Newser) - It is the best pulled-over-for-speeding story you'll read in a long, long time. It's out of Florida, of course, where CBS Miami reports that a woman spotted a police cruiser flying down the highway without its emergency lights on and decided to pursue. "He passed me with... More »

Son Gets $1.5K Ticket Rushing Dad to Hospital

Trooper allegedly questioned legitimacy of man's heart attack

(Newser) - Michael O'Neil was speeding down an Illinois freeway at 82mph on Sept. 27 when he was pulled over by a state trooper, who—undeterred by O'Neil's 60-year-old father having a heart attack in the passenger seat—handed Michael a $1,500 ticket, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Michael... More »

Guy Clocked at 112mph Was on Way to Court ...for Speeding

Now he has new speeding charges to deal with

(Newser) - A Vermont state trooper pulled over a 33-year-old man driving 112mph and weaving in and out of traffic on the interstate (speed limit: 65mph) yesterday. Where was the guy, who hails from Connecticut, headed in such a hurry? Traffic court, where he was due to take care of a speeding... More »

Driver Clocked at 153MPH in Dodge Wagon

Michigan police catch up after he got off freeway exit

(Newser) - Michigan troopers spotted a driver going 79 in a 70mph zone and got ready to pull him over for a run-of-the-mill speeding ticket. Next thing they know, the Dodge Magnum station wagon had sped up to a staggering 153mph on the I-75, reports CBS Detroit . Troopers caught up after the... More »

Guy Clocked at 127mph on NH Highway

Police say RI man was moving briskly

(Newser) - New Hampshire State Police say an airborne patrol unit clocked a man driving 127 miles per hour on Interstate 93 in the town of Northfield. The State Police Special Enforcement Unit was using an airplane to monitor traffic yesterday morning when the trooper in the aircraft saw a northbound vehicle... More »

Woman in Labor Speeds by Cops, Gets Held at Gunpoint

Police use tire spikes to stop car, unaware why husband was racing; all ends well

(Newser) - You know that scene in the movies, where the husband drives his wife to the hospital in the nick of time to deliver their baby? Try this for a plot twist, from Iowa's WHO-TV : Cop follows speeding car with lights flashing, but husband doesn't pull over because wife... More »

Infamous Speed-Trap Town Investigated Over Tickets

Half of town's budget revenue comes from ticket fines

(Newser) - A small segment of highway that runs through the Florida town of Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65mph becomes 55mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again; and, eventually, 35mph. AAA has named it one... More »

Woman Leads Cops on 100mph Chase —to Preferred Jail

Grady County jail apparently not a place she wanted to spend time

(Newser) - So maybe you've been drinking and maybe you're speeding a little, but what to do when a cop tries to pull you over—presenting you with the very real prospect of doing a little time in a less-than-desirable county jail? Step on the gas, and lead police on... More »

Man Claims Fastest NY-to-LA Drive Ever

Ed Bolian made it in less than 29 hours, demolishing record

(Newser) - Ed Bolian says he's done something virtually impossible, highly dangerous, and extraordinarily illegal: Along with a hastily-recruited co-driver and passenger, he drove from New York City to LA in 28 hours and 50 minutes, he tells Doug Demuro of Jalopnik . That means the team traveled an average of 98mph,... More »

Guy's Excuse for Going 140mph: I Had to Pee

Let's just say the cops weren't very sympathetic

(Newser) - When you gotta go, apparently you gotta go 140mph: Or at least that's the excuse 26-year-old Adam Lester fed to a cop in Pekin, Ill., after he was allegedly clocked going 140mph through town. Police say Lester was cruising at way more than the 55mph speed limit, then evaded... More »

Zimmerman Stopped by Police, Again

This time he gets a ticket

(Newser) - George Zimmerman hasn't had much luck staying out of the spotlight since his acquittal. There was the gun factory visit , the heroic car-crash rescue , the speeding with a gun incident , and now another brush with police. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Florida police stopped a bearded Zimmerman in Lake... More »

EU Looks to Make Drivers Stop Speeding

Britain opposes 'Big Brother' proposal

(Newser) - The European Union is pushing a high-tech plan to prevent speeding: Cars could be equipped with devices to reduce their speed when it breaks the limit, the Daily Mail reports. Some 30,000 people in the EU die in road accidents each year; officials are hoping to slash that figure... More »

Zimmerman Stopped for Speeding, With Gun

He's let off with a warning in Texas

(Newser) - George Zimmerman had another brush with the law over the weekend, this time for a minor offense. An officer in Forney, Texas, pulled him over for speeding but ultimately let him go with a warning, reports TMZ . The most interesting tidbit is that during the stop, Zimmerman revealed that he... More »

Journo Hastings' Car Was Speeding Before Death: Cop

Conspiracy theories emerge

(Newser) - The car carrying journalist Michael Hastings —in which he was apparently the only person, the New York Times notes—was likely speeding before he died in a crash, says a former LAPD cop. The car's motor was found some 100 feet away from the vehicle, suggesting the driver... More »

Woman Celebrates Return of DUI-Lost License—With DUI

Chicago woman said she was partying at a bar before arrest

(Newser) - When preemptively celebrating the return of a driver's license lost to a DUI, most people might attempt to, say, not drink and drive. Or get pulled over. While speeding. With BAC at twice the legal limit. Nevertheless, police say that's the predicament Chicago-area woman Erin James found herself... More »

1 in 24 Admit Falling Asleep Behind Wheel

CDC survey suggests drowsy driving is a real problem

(Newser) - A big CDC survey finds that 1 in 24 Americans admit to nodding off while driving at least once, reports AP . What's worse, officials think the number is probably higher because people often don't remember doing so. Men are more likely to fall asleep, as are those ages... More »

Bieber's Driving Prompted 10 Calls to 911

LA councilman Dennis Zine calls 100mph estimate 'conservative'

(Newser) - Looks like LA councilman Dennis Zine wasn't the only one worried about the Biebs' driving yesterday . Turns out 9 other drivers called 911 to complain about Justin Bieber's reckless ways on the Hollywood Freeway before CHP officers pulled him over, TMZ reports. The singer insists he was only... More »

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