The Truth About Cars » Crime and Punishment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Crime and Punishment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/editorials/crime-and-punishment/ Volkswagen CEO Müller Says Buybacks ‘Possible,’ In Theory http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/volkswagen-ceo-muller-says-buybacks-possible-theory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/volkswagen-ceo-muller-says-buybacks-possible-theory/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1265185 Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller apologized again to dealers and customers for the ongoing diesel scandal in a statement to CNBC’s Phil LeBeau. When pressed, he also admitted that buybacks are possible. “This is a difficult situation because we have similar generations of engines … [but] the technical situations are all so different,” said Müller. “In […]

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Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller apologized again to dealers and customers for the ongoing diesel scandal in a statement to CNBC’s Phil LeBeau. When pressed, he also admitted that buybacks are possible. “This is a difficult situation because we have similar generations of engines … [but] the technical situations are all so different,” said Müller. “In […]

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Giving Thanks: The Dealer Who Swindled $6 Billion From General Motors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/the-dealer-who-swindled-6-billion-from-general-motors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/the-dealer-who-swindled-6-billion-from-general-motors/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1230009 Editor’s notes: One of the best reads of the year, there’s nothing like some Fargo-style forgery on a massive scale to liven up your afternoon. This piece originally ran September 3rd, 2015. In the opening moments of the above scene from the flick “Fargo,” Oldsmobile dealership sales manager Jerry Lundegaard is working up some bogus paperwork to […]

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Editor’s notes: One of the best reads of the year, there’s nothing like some Fargo-style forgery on a massive scale to liven up your afternoon. This piece originally ran September 3rd, 2015. In the opening moments of the above scene from the flick “Fargo,” Oldsmobile dealership sales manager Jerry Lundegaard is working up some bogus paperwork to […]

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The Dealer Who Swindled $6 Billion From General Motors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/dealer-swindled-6-billion-general-motors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/dealer-swindled-6-billion-general-motors/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:30:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1154505 In the opening moments of the above scene from the flick “Fargo,” Oldsmobile dealership sales manager Jerry Lundegaard is working up some bogus paperwork to cover his tracks with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC). We can infer that he sold some floor-planned cars and did not pay back GMAC, which was the impetus for the movie’s storyline of […]

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In the opening moments of the above scene from the flick “Fargo,” Oldsmobile dealership sales manager Jerry Lundegaard is working up some bogus paperwork to cover his tracks with General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC). We can infer that he sold some floor-planned cars and did not pay back GMAC, which was the impetus for the movie’s storyline of […]

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Rental Van With Low-Pressure Tire Warning Rolls, Injuring Six Children; No Charges To Be Filed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/rental-van-low-pressure-tire-warning-rolls-injures-six-children-no-charges-filed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/rental-van-low-pressure-tire-warning-rolls-injures-six-children-no-charges-filed/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109049 When Maggie Dajani realized that the tire-pressure warning light was on in the van she’d rented to take six teenagers and their parents to a One Direction concert in El Paso, she took the van back to the rental company. A representative of the company, Star Limo, told her not to worry. She then continued […]

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When Maggie Dajani realized that the tire-pressure warning light was on in the van she’d rented to take six teenagers and their parents to a One Direction concert in El Paso, she took the van back to the rental company. A representative of the company, Star Limo, told her not to worry. She then continued […]

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Editorial: BP’s Settlement and a Pound of Flesh http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/oped-bps-settlement-pound-flesh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/oped-bps-settlement-pound-flesh/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109145 Last week’s news of BP’s $18.7 billion settlement with federal and state governments brought to close the second act of one of the worst environmental tragedies of all time. There’s no promise that the third act won’t drag out for decades and ultimately end in heartbreak either. BP’s structured settlement means the oil producer will […]

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Last week’s news of BP’s $18.7 billion settlement with federal and state governments brought to close the second act of one of the worst environmental tragedies of all time. There’s no promise that the third act won’t drag out for decades and ultimately end in heartbreak either. BP’s structured settlement means the oil producer will […]

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Julie Hamp No. 10 in PR Week’s “Power List”, No. 1 in Badly Timed Awards http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ex-top-toyota-pr-rep-no-10-pr-list-no-1-badly-timed-awards/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ex-top-toyota-pr-rep-no-10-pr-list-no-1-badly-timed-awards/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1107009 Resigned Toyota PR chief Julie Hamp was named to PR Week’s “Power List” two weeks after being busted for allegedly importing illegal prescription painkillers into Japan last month. Hamp allegedly received 57 pills of Oxycodone in a box labeled “necklaces” at Narita Airport in Tokyo. The list, which ranks her No. 10, was released the same day Hamp resigned her position […]

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Resigned Toyota PR chief Julie Hamp was named to PR Week’s “Power List” two weeks after being busted for allegedly importing illegal prescription painkillers into Japan last month. Hamp allegedly received 57 pills of Oxycodone in a box labeled “necklaces” at Narita Airport in Tokyo. The list, which ranks her No. 10, was released the same day Hamp resigned her position […]

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Citizen Honks At Cop For Speeding With Phone In Hand, Receives Ticket http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/citizen-honks-at-cop-for-speeding-with-phone-in-hand-receives-ticket/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/citizen-honks-at-cop-for-speeding-with-phone-in-hand-receives-ticket/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:32:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=857777 “So you honked at me because you believed I was speeding…” “Because you were driving recklessly and speeding now, it’s got wet roads and you were on your cell phone.” What, exactly, makes it safe for cops to use the phone and speed? What about their “training” is irreproducible for the general public?

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“So you honked at me because you believed I was speeding…” “Because you were driving recklessly and speeding now, it’s got wet roads and you were on your cell phone.” What, exactly, makes it safe for cops to use the phone and speed? What about their “training” is irreproducible for the general public?

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Affluenza Redux: Rich Guy Gets Slap On The Wrist For Drunken High Speed Chase http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/affluenza-redux-rich-guy-gets-slap-on-the-wrist-for-drunken-high-speed-chase/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/affluenza-redux-rich-guy-gets-slap-on-the-wrist-for-drunken-high-speed-chase/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 16:03:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=826282 Seattle’s TV stations are reporting that a wealthy businessman who led police on a high speed chase through the city of Olympia in his Ferrari F360 has been sentenced to just one year of work release. According to the reports, Shaun Goodman pleaded guilty to felony police evasion and DUI for the December 29 incident […]

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Seattle’s TV stations are reporting that a wealthy businessman who led police on a high speed chase through the city of Olympia in his Ferrari F360 has been sentenced to just one year of work release. According to the reports, Shaun Goodman pleaded guilty to felony police evasion and DUI for the December 29 incident […]

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A Moment Of Reflection http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/a-moment-of-reflection/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/a-moment-of-reflection/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 04:01:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=819794 Two weeks ago we had a horrific accident here in Buffalo. It was the end result of a street race that saw a 47 year old man trapped in the wreckage of his car and burned alive.   By all accounts both cars involved in the race were out of control, careening around the city […]

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Two weeks ago we had a horrific accident here in Buffalo. It was the end result of a street race that saw a 47 year old man trapped in the wreckage of his car and burned alive.   By all accounts both cars involved in the race were out of control, careening around the city […]

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QOTD: How Do You Use Your Horn? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/qotd-how-do-you-use-your-horn/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/qotd-how-do-you-use-your-horn/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:21:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=811722 Yesterday, someone had the audacity to honk at me. It wasn’t one of those cheerful little toots that a person might use to get someone’s attention when waving them into traffic, but a full-on ten second blast – the kind that you should only use when you are behind the controls of a freight train […]

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Yesterday, someone had the audacity to honk at me. It wasn’t one of those cheerful little toots that a person might use to get someone’s attention when waving them into traffic, but a full-on ten second blast – the kind that you should only use when you are behind the controls of a freight train […]

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Japanese Tourists Spark Chase, Get Spiked http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japanese-tourists-spark-chase-get-spiked/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japanese-tourists-spark-chase-get-spiked/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:12:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=755209 The Japan Times is reporting that a car driven by Japanese tourists had to be stopped with a spike strip after its driver failed to stop despite the fact she was being pursued by at least three patrol cars. The car initially drew the attention of officers when it was spotted going less than 40mph […]

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The Japan Times is reporting that a car driven by Japanese tourists had to be stopped with a spike strip after its driver failed to stop despite the fact she was being pursued by at least three patrol cars. The car initially drew the attention of officers when it was spotted going less than 40mph […]

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Strict Enforcement of NY’s Parking Laws Affects Official Vehicles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/strict-enforcement-of-nys-parking-laws-affects-official-vehicles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/strict-enforcement-of-nys-parking-laws-affects-official-vehicles/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:08:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=753065 The New York Times reported Sunday on how strict enforcement of parking violations in Manhattan is causing problems for government agencies as they are forced to reclaim official vehicles that have been towed. In most cities, official vehicles are kept immune from the effects of parking enforcement by dashboard placards that allow government officials to […]

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The New York Times reported Sunday on how strict enforcement of parking violations in Manhattan is causing problems for government agencies as they are forced to reclaim official vehicles that have been towed. In most cities, official vehicles are kept immune from the effects of parking enforcement by dashboard placards that allow government officials to […]

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Testing The Limits Of Civil Obedience: An Experiment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/testing-the-limits-of-civil-obedience-an-experiment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/testing-the-limits-of-civil-obedience-an-experiment/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=740529 Yesterday, while folks in the Southeast were getting hammered with their second severe winter storm in two weeks, the skies over Buffalo were wonderfully bright and sunny. Of course, when you count the wind chill factor, the temperature barely climbed into the double digits but as a result of the sun and a whole lot […]

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Yesterday, while folks in the Southeast were getting hammered with their second severe winter storm in two weeks, the skies over Buffalo were wonderfully bright and sunny. Of course, when you count the wind chill factor, the temperature barely climbed into the double digits but as a result of the sun and a whole lot […]

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EU Secretly Planning To Add Police-Controlled Kill Switch To All Cars By 2020 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/eu-secretly-planning-to-add-police-controlled-kill-switch-to-all-cars-by-2020/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/eu-secretly-planning-to-add-police-controlled-kill-switch-to-all-cars-by-2020/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=731658 The British Newspaper The Telegraph is reporting that, if senior European law enforcement officials have their way, all cars entering the European market may soon be fitted with a remote shutdown device that would allow police officers to electronically deactivate any vehicle at the touch of a button. According to the article, which appeared in […]

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The British Newspaper The Telegraph is reporting that, if senior European law enforcement officials have their way, all cars entering the European market may soon be fitted with a remote shutdown device that would allow police officers to electronically deactivate any vehicle at the touch of a button. According to the article, which appeared in […]

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Taking A Ride With The Iowa State Patrol http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/taking-a-ride-with-the-iowa-state-patrol/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/taking-a-ride-with-the-iowa-state-patrol/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:42:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=703978 We sourced this article as a direct response to reader suggestions that we present another view of highway enforcement personnel — JB Last year I watched as someone I loved went off-track – and came dangerously close to the wall – right in front of where I stood under an umbrella as the rain poured […]

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We sourced this article as a direct response to reader suggestions that we present another view of highway enforcement personnel — JB Last year I watched as someone I loved went off-track – and came dangerously close to the wall – right in front of where I stood under an umbrella as the rain poured […]

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Little Car Lost: When Thieves Come Calling http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/little-car-lost-when-thieves-come-calling/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/little-car-lost-when-thieves-come-calling/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=693545 The joke was that the little Honda was so old and undesirable that it would take a ten dollar bill on the dash and the key in the ignition to attract a thief. With 300K miles on the clock, the little car was old and tired, but my sister Lee and her husband Dave aren’t […]

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The joke was that the little Honda was so old and undesirable that it would take a ten dollar bill on the dash and the key in the ignition to attract a thief. With 300K miles on the clock, the little car was old and tired, but my sister Lee and her husband Dave aren’t […]

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Cops Nab Electric Leaf Owner Before He Can Ride Free On Your Nickel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/cops-nab-electric-leaf-owner-before-he-can-ride-free-on-your-nickel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/cops-nab-electric-leaf-owner-before-he-can-ride-free-on-your-nickel/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:56:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=671122 The owner of a Nissan Leaf was arrested in Georgia last week for stealing 5 cents worth of electricity after he plugged his car into the exterior outlet at a local middle school while his son was playing tennis.   According to Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, 11 Alive, the car had only been plugged in for […]

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The owner of a Nissan Leaf was arrested in Georgia last week for stealing 5 cents worth of electricity after he plugged his car into the exterior outlet at a local middle school while his son was playing tennis.   According to Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, 11 Alive, the car had only been plugged in for […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture? Police Parking Illegally http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-police-parking-illegally/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-police-parking-illegally/#comments Sat, 31 Aug 2013 14:07:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=501242 This is a photograph taken recently at the Cadillac Place building, on West Grand Blvd just west of Woodward in Detroit. It used to be called the General Motors Building before GM decamped to the RenCen. To make sure that much office space (when it was built, the GM Bldg was the second largest in […]

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This is a photograph taken recently at the Cadillac Place building, on West Grand Blvd just west of Woodward in Detroit. It used to be called the General Motors Building before GM decamped to the RenCen. To make sure that much office space (when it was built, the GM Bldg was the second largest in […]

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Balls Of Fire, Then And Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/balls-of-fire-then-and-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/balls-of-fire-then-and-now/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:12:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490598 Chrysler’s recent decision to snub a recent NHTSA recall request is big news. I need not restate the facts of the story, if you are a “car guy” and haven’t heard the sordid details, or noticed the dramatic photos of burned out Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberties posted all over the internet in the past […]

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Chrysler’s recent decision to snub a recent NHTSA recall request is big news. I need not restate the facts of the story, if you are a “car guy” and haven’t heard the sordid details, or noticed the dramatic photos of burned out Jeep Grand Cherokees and Liberties posted all over the internet in the past […]

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Vengeful Scam On Legit Repo Man or Crooked Repo Man Selling Stolen Car? You Decide! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/vengeful-scam-on-legit-repo-man-or-crooked-repo-man-selling-stolen-car-you-decide/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/vengeful-scam-on-legit-repo-man-or-crooked-repo-man-selling-stolen-car-you-decide/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:30:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484397 The world of towed-away cars can be a harsh one, as our very own Steven Lang often points out. Today I heard the latest in a long series of tales from the often-penumbral world of towing and repossessions, a Craigslist ad that purports to be selling a mistakenly-repoed Crown Vic. A phony ad meant to […]

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The world of towed-away cars can be a harsh one, as our very own Steven Lang often points out. Today I heard the latest in a long series of tales from the often-penumbral world of towing and repossessions, a Craigslist ad that purports to be selling a mistakenly-repoed Crown Vic. A phony ad meant to […]

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“Distracted Driving” Joins The Ranks Of Primary Offenses In Virginia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/distracted-driving-joins-the-ranks-of-primary-offenses-in-virginia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/distracted-driving-joins-the-ranks-of-primary-offenses-in-virginia/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 16:17:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483740 In a move that will undoubtedly create a flood of profitable tickets save uncounted lives, Virginia has made “distracted driving” a primary offense and raised the fines to the proverbial ceiling. If you’re confused as to what a “primary offense” might be, toss me some click love and check it out. Virginia’s governor is expected […]

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In a move that will undoubtedly create a flood of profitable tickets save uncounted lives, Virginia has made “distracted driving” a primary offense and raised the fines to the proverbial ceiling. If you’re confused as to what a “primary offense” might be, toss me some click love and check it out. Virginia’s governor is expected […]

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Police Error Is A Primary Offense Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/police-error-is-a-primary-offense-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/police-error-is-a-primary-offense-now/#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:27:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483608 In November 2010, the officer was tailing a truck around midnight. He ran a registration check on the vehicle, which listed the truck as red. But this truck was blue… The officer then realized his mistake, but continued with the stop to provide an explanation. He noticed an odor of alcohol, conducted a field sobriety […]

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In November 2010, the officer was tailing a truck around midnight. He ran a registration check on the vehicle, which listed the truck as red. But this truck was blue… The officer then realized his mistake, but continued with the stop to provide an explanation. He noticed an odor of alcohol, conducted a field sobriety […]

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Night Flight Of The Silver Ghost. An On Request Future Writer Story http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/night-flight-of-the-silver-ghost-an-on-request-future-writer-story/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/night-flight-of-the-silver-ghost-an-on-request-future-writer-story/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478816 Some claimed yesterday that David Hester’s views of a government-issued Panther are more desired than his discussion of D.I.Y. engine mods. You ask for it, you get it today. How’s that for service? Also, be judicious with your comments about his prose. David may be a rookie writer, but he’s a seasoned cop, and he […]

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Some claimed yesterday that David Hester’s views of a government-issued Panther are more desired than his discussion of D.I.Y. engine mods. You ask for it, you get it today. How’s that for service? Also, be judicious with your comments about his prose. David may be a rookie writer, but he’s a seasoned cop, and he […]

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Kill Switch Thwarts Denver Civic Thieves Once Again, Junkyard Parts To the Rescue http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/kill-switch-thwarts-denver-civic-thieves-once-again-junkyard-parts-to-the-rescue/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/kill-switch-thwarts-denver-civic-thieves-once-again-junkyard-parts-to-the-rescue/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:30:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453416 I love my beater 1992 Honda Civic, and living near downtown Denver is great, but the combination of fifth-gen Civic and urban living means that thieves are going to try to steal my street-parked car on a depressingly regular basis. Would-be thieves tore up my steering column less than a year ago, and they did […]

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I love my beater 1992 Honda Civic, and living near downtown Denver is great, but the combination of fifth-gen Civic and urban living means that thieves are going to try to steal my street-parked car on a depressingly regular basis. Would-be thieves tore up my steering column less than a year ago, and they did […]

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IIHS Study Loves Red Light Cameras, Says Americans Do Too http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/iihs-study-loves-red-light-cameras-says-americans-do-too/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/iihs-study-loves-red-light-cameras-says-americans-do-too/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:02:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401213 The controversy over red light cameras, once relegated to websites like TTAC, thenewspaper.com, motorists.org and highwayrobbery.net, is hitting the mainstream media thanks to a new study by the IIHS [PDF here]. The study used the following methodology: Telephone surveys were conducted with 3,111 drivers in 14 large cities (population greater than 200,000) with long-standing red […]

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The controversy over red light cameras, once relegated to websites like TTAC, thenewspaper.com, motorists.org and highwayrobbery.net, is hitting the mainstream media thanks to a new study by the IIHS [PDF here]. The study used the following methodology: Telephone surveys were conducted with 3,111 drivers in 14 large cities (population greater than 200,000) with long-standing red […]

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