The Truth About Cars » Speed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:42:47 +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 » Speed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com CPO To Go: 2014 Lexus IS F http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/cpo-go-2014-lexus-f/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/cpo-go-2014-lexus-f/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1093425 I usually have more fun with $5,000 cars than with $55,000 cars. It’s not because I’m cheap. Well, let me rephrase that. I love investing in a quality vehicle, but in the world that is wholesale auctions, I rarely get to see them. You can find nearly anything at the auctions that has been traded-in, repossessed […]

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I usually have more fun with $5,000 cars than with $55,000 cars. It’s not because I’m cheap. Well, let me rephrase that. I love investing in a quality vehicle, but in the world that is wholesale auctions, I rarely get to see them. You can find nearly anything at the auctions that has been traded-in, repossessed […]

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Hammer Time: Speed Trap City http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/hammer-time-speed-trap-city/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/hammer-time-speed-trap-city/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:32:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463839 Imagine you are driving down on a well traveled interstate on a family vacation. Everything is good in your life. Traffic is minimal. The road is a never ending horizon of the straight and narrow. Just you and your family. When all of a sudden… Lights. Sirens. A cop getting ever closer to the rear […]

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Imagine you are driving down on a well traveled interstate on a family vacation. Everything is good in your life. Traffic is minimal. The road is a never ending horizon of the straight and narrow. Just you and your family. When all of a sudden… Lights. Sirens. A cop getting ever closer to the rear […]

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Texas Raises Speed Limit To 85 MPH For Paying Customers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/texas-raises-speed-limit-to-85-mph-for-paying-customers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/texas-raises-speed-limit-to-85-mph-for-paying-customers/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:33:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447896 Texas hopes that speed is addictive and will drive paying speed junkies to a new toll road that will open before the end of the year. Currently, if you want to drive 80 mph, and stay legal, you need to go to Texas or Utah, and there to pretty desolate parts. You may be able […]

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Texas hopes that speed is addictive and will drive paying speed junkies to a new toll road that will open before the end of the year. Currently, if you want to drive 80 mph, and stay legal, you need to go to Texas or Utah, and there to pretty desolate parts. You may be able […]

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The Unimportance of Speed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/the-unimportance-of-speed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/the-unimportance-of-speed/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 12:09:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445481 I’d like to lend you a car for the weekend. It’s going to be sunny, and you can head off early before the crowds get out. Take a nice road-trip: maybe, as I just did, blast up the Sea-to-Sky and into the rolling foothills beyond the Pemberton Valley. Your choice, take anything below. Car A: […]

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I’d like to lend you a car for the weekend. It’s going to be sunny, and you can head off early before the crowds get out. Take a nice road-trip: maybe, as I just did, blast up the Sea-to-Sky and into the rolling foothills beyond the Pemberton Valley. Your choice, take anything below. Car A: […]

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North Carolina to Seize Speeding Cars That Fail to Pull Over http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/north-carolina-to-seize-speeding-cars-that-fail-to-pull-over/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/north-carolina-to-seize-speeding-cars-that-fail-to-pull-over/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:35:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402659 Beginning December 1, North Carolina will join Australia in having laws on the book mandating the seizure of vehicles for certain speeding offenses. On June 23, Governor Bev Perdue (R) signed the “Run and You’re Done” bill into law which authorizes a county sheriff to take and hold the car of anyone accused — not convicted […]

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Beginning December 1, North Carolina will join Australia in having laws on the book mandating the seizure of vehicles for certain speeding offenses. On June 23, Governor Bev Perdue (R) signed the “Run and You’re Done” bill into law which authorizes a county sheriff to take and hold the car of anyone accused — not convicted […]

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Spain: Speed Camera Gives Ticket for Driving Too Slow http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/spain-speed-camera-gives-ticket-for-driving-too-slow/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/spain-speed-camera-gives-ticket-for-driving-too-slow/#comments Mon, 04 Jul 2011 13:55:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401542 Drivers who pass a photo radar location frequently drop their speed far below the legal limit to be absolutely certain no citation will come in the mail weeks later. In response, officials in Valencia, Spain have begun issuing photo tickets to drivers who are moving “too slow.” Motorist Jesus Llorens received just such ticket in […]

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Drivers who pass a photo radar location frequently drop their speed far below the legal limit to be absolutely certain no citation will come in the mail weeks later. In response, officials in Valencia, Spain have begun issuing photo tickets to drivers who are moving “too slow.” Motorist Jesus Llorens received just such ticket in […]

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Don’t Drive Faster Than Your Speedometer Will Go http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/don%e2%80%99t-drive-faster-than-your-speedometer-will-go/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/don%e2%80%99t-drive-faster-than-your-speedometer-will-go/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 17:47:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396248 Editor’s Note: This piece, by John Carr, originally appeared at the National Motorists Association blog. Wayne Crews recently posted an editorial on cost-benefit analysis and regulations. It’s worth a read. In the 1970s the Carter administration prohibited speedometers from indicating speeds over 85 miles per hour. The idea was around before Carter, but his people […]

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Editor’s Note: This piece, by John Carr, originally appeared at the National Motorists Association blog. Wayne Crews recently posted an editorial on cost-benefit analysis and regulations. It’s worth a read. In the 1970s the Carter administration prohibited speedometers from indicating speeds over 85 miles per hour. The idea was around before Carter, but his people […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Charlie Sheen’s Other Escort Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-charlie-sheens-other-escort-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-charlie-sheens-other-escort-edition/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:26:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=392232 The Washington Post‘s Paul Duggan blogs that Charlie Sheen arrived late to his Washington DC show after being escorted by local police officers at speeds of at least 80 MPH, an incident the actor documented in the tweet shown above. And lest TTAC be accused of pandering to lowest-common-denominator Charlie Sheen voyeurism, Duggan teases an […]

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The Washington Post‘s Paul Duggan blogs that Charlie Sheen arrived late to his Washington DC show after being escorted by local police officers at speeds of at least 80 MPH, an incident the actor documented in the tweet shown above. And lest TTAC be accused of pandering to lowest-common-denominator Charlie Sheen voyeurism, Duggan teases an […]

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Kansas Legislature Approves 75 MPH Speed Limit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/kansas-legislature-approves-75-mph-speed-limit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/kansas-legislature-approves-75-mph-speed-limit/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:46:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390353 The top legal speed in the state of Kansas is one signature away from becoming 75 MPH. State legislators on Friday gave final approval to a bill raising the limit from 70 to 75 MPH. If approved by Governor Sam Brownback (R), Kansas would join a dozen other states that have already made the move. […]

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The top legal speed in the state of Kansas is one signature away from becoming 75 MPH. State legislators on Friday gave final approval to a bill raising the limit from 70 to 75 MPH. If approved by Governor Sam Brownback (R), Kansas would join a dozen other states that have already made the move. […]

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Legislative Update: Four States Advance Traffic Camera Modification Bills http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/legislative-update-four-states-advance-traffic-camera-modification-bills/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/legislative-update-four-states-advance-traffic-camera-modification-bills/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 13:56:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389455 Lawmakers in four states this week advanced legislation that would, if passed, either place mild restrictions on or outright ban the use of automated ticketing machines by municipalities. The Florida state Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday voted 4 to 2 to approve an outright prohibition on the use of red light cameras — just one […]

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Lawmakers in four states this week advanced legislation that would, if passed, either place mild restrictions on or outright ban the use of automated ticketing machines by municipalities. The Florida state Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday voted 4 to 2 to approve an outright prohibition on the use of red light cameras — just one […]

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Texas Moves to Eliminate Nighttime Speed Limits, Raise Speeds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/texas-moves-to-eliminate-nighttime-speed-limits-raise-speeds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/texas-moves-to-eliminate-nighttime-speed-limits-raise-speeds/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 18:23:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389231 Texas is the last state in the nation that still imposes different speed limits on its highways depending on whether it is daytime or nighttime. Roads marked 70 MPH during the day can only be legally driven at 65 MPH when its dark. Big rig trucks must also obey specially lowered speed limits. The state […]

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Texas is the last state in the nation that still imposes different speed limits on its highways depending on whether it is daytime or nighttime. Roads marked 70 MPH during the day can only be legally driven at 65 MPH when its dark. Big rig trucks must also obey specially lowered speed limits. The state […]

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Massachusetts Appeals Court Upholds Use of Laser Jammers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/massachusetts-appeals-court-upholds-use-of-laser-jammers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/massachusetts-appeals-court-upholds-use-of-laser-jammers/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:23:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387388 Police in Massachusetts may no longer stop a car merely because a laser jammer or aftermarket backup camera partially obscures the motto on a license plate. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals decided on March 2 that the state police had no business pulling over Patrick H. Miller simply because the phrase “Spirit […]

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Police in Massachusetts may no longer stop a car merely because a laser jammer or aftermarket backup camera partially obscures the motto on a license plate. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals decided on March 2 that the state police had no business pulling over Patrick H. Miller simply because the phrase “Spirit […]

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Missouri Expands Unpopular Freeway Variable Speed Trap System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/missouri-expands-unpopular-freeway-variable-speed-trap-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/missouri-expands-unpopular-freeway-variable-speed-trap-system/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 15:41:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386980 The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced Wednesday that it was expanding a system for lowering speed limits on the freeway, despite its own surveys showing the public has a “high level of dissatisfaction with the system.” A study conducted on behalf of MoDOT by the Missouri University of Science and Technology included a few […]

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The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced Wednesday that it was expanding a system for lowering speed limits on the freeway, despite its own surveys showing the public has a “high level of dissatisfaction with the system.” A study conducted on behalf of MoDOT by the Missouri University of Science and Technology included a few […]

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UK Contemplates 80 MPH Speed Limit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/uk-contemplates-80-mph-speed-limit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/uk-contemplates-80-mph-speed-limit/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:45:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385686 The Daily Mail reports Motorway speed limits could rise to 80 mph to shorten journey times and boost the economy under a radical review of road safety, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond signalled today. He is concerned that anti-car campaigners have for too long used ‘road safety’ as a convenient excuse to both stymie raising speed […]

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The Daily Mail reports Motorway speed limits could rise to 80 mph to shorten journey times and boost the economy under a radical review of road safety, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond signalled today. He is concerned that anti-car campaigners have for too long used ‘road safety’ as a convenient excuse to both stymie raising speed […]

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Does Speed Save? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/does-speed-save/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/does-speed-save/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 19:18:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383277 A recent report from High Road Auto Research [full report in PDF here] finds that It has been consistently found that the higher a vehicleʼs travel speed (even when driving at or under the legal limit), the greater the focus of the driver on their surroundings. The increased perception of danger triggers an increased endocrine […]

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A recent report from High Road Auto Research [full report in PDF here] finds that It has been consistently found that the higher a vehicleʼs travel speed (even when driving at or under the legal limit), the greater the focus of the driver on their surroundings. The increased perception of danger triggers an increased endocrine […]

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Michigan House Votes to End Speeding Ticket Tax http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/michigan-house-votes-to-end-speeding-ticket-tax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/michigan-house-votes-to-end-speeding-ticket-tax/#comments Thu, 16 Sep 2010 14:02:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=365836 The Michigan state House of Representatives yesterday voted unanimously to repeal its so-called driver responsibility fee program, an unpopular tax on traffic citations. State Representative Bettie C. Scott (D-Detroit) was the primary sponsor of legislation that will end most of the fees by January 1, 2012 and, before then, cut the amount motorists owe by […]

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The Michigan state House of Representatives yesterday voted unanimously to repeal its so-called driver responsibility fee program, an unpopular tax on traffic citations. State Representative Bettie C. Scott (D-Detroit) was the primary sponsor of legislation that will end most of the fees by January 1, 2012 and, before then, cut the amount motorists owe by […]

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The Effect Of Speed Limits On Actual Travel Speeds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/the-effect-of-speed-limits-on-actual-travel-speeds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/the-effect-of-speed-limits-on-actual-travel-speeds/#comments Thu, 05 Aug 2010 22:24:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362270 Editor’s Note: The following was originally written by Jim Walker for the National Motorists Association blog, and has been republished with permission from the NMA. I have worked closely with the Michigan State Police for several years in their pursuit of correcting as many Michigan posted speed limits to the correct 85th percentile speed level […]

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Editor’s Note: The following was originally written by Jim Walker for the National Motorists Association blog, and has been republished with permission from the NMA. I have worked closely with the Michigan State Police for several years in their pursuit of correcting as many Michigan posted speed limits to the correct 85th percentile speed level […]

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Bugatti 16.4 Supersport Ensures Another Decade Of “Veyron-Killer” Wannabes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/bugatti-16-4-supersport-ensures-another-decade-of-veyron-killer-wannabes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/bugatti-16-4-supersport-ensures-another-decade-of-veyron-killer-wannabes/#comments Mon, 05 Jul 2010 15:29:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360251 And you thought it was over. You thought that, with Top Gear’s “Car Of The Decade” trophy accompanying Ferdinand Piëch’s “Ego Of The Decade” award in the Volkswagen trophy case, Bugatti could move on and let tiny companies based in sheds and garages fight over who has the world’s fastest “production” car. But no. That’s […]

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And you thought it was over. You thought that, with Top Gear’s “Car Of The Decade” trophy accompanying Ferdinand Piëch’s “Ego Of The Decade” award in the Volkswagen trophy case, Bugatti could move on and let tiny companies based in sheds and garages fight over who has the world’s fastest “production” car. But no. That’s […]

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Quote Of The Day: Volt In Need Of A Jolt? Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/quote-of-the-day-volt-in-need-of-a-jolt-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/quote-of-the-day-volt-in-need-of-a-jolt-edition/#comments Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:49:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359694 Accelerating up the motorway slip road, the Ampera charges hard and deceptively quickly up to 50mph, but by then the single-speed electric motor’s flat torque curve has begun a nose dive and acceleration at high speeds is poor. The 0-62mph time of 9 seconds and top speed of 100mph are an indication of this – […]

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Accelerating up the motorway slip road, the Ampera charges hard and deceptively quickly up to 50mph, but by then the single-speed electric motor’s flat torque curve has begun a nose dive and acceleration at high speeds is poor. The 0-62mph time of 9 seconds and top speed of 100mph are an indication of this – […]

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Wisconsin: Slow Driving Not Cause For Traffic Stop http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/wisconsin-slow-driving-not-cause-for-traffic-stop/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/wisconsin-slow-driving-not-cause-for-traffic-stop/#comments Tue, 04 May 2010 14:09:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355193 Driving slowly is not a crime justifying a traffic stop, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled last Wednesday. In an unpublished decision, Judge Anderson reviewed the events leading up to the August 13, 2008 arrest of Tommy K. Miller. At around 1:19am that morning, Miller’s white Lexus SUV passed by Hartland Village Police Officer Matthew […]

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Driving slowly is not a crime justifying a traffic stop, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals ruled last Wednesday. In an unpublished decision, Judge Anderson reviewed the events leading up to the August 13, 2008 arrest of Tommy K. Miller. At around 1:19am that morning, Miller’s white Lexus SUV passed by Hartland Village Police Officer Matthew […]

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Missouri Senate Votes To Ban Photo Enforcement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/missouri-senate-votes-to-ban-photo-enforcement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/missouri-senate-votes-to-ban-photo-enforcement/#comments Thu, 29 Apr 2010 13:35:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354673 The Missouri state Senate on Monday voted overwhelmingly to ban the use of red light cameras and speed cameras. The measure’s champion, state Senator Jim Lembke (R-St. Louis), had failed in previous efforts to convince his colleagues to end the use of automated ticketing machines. This year, however, he was emboldened by the state supreme […]

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The Missouri state Senate on Monday voted overwhelmingly to ban the use of red light cameras and speed cameras. The measure’s champion, state Senator Jim Lembke (R-St. Louis), had failed in previous efforts to convince his colleagues to end the use of automated ticketing machines. This year, however, he was emboldened by the state supreme […]

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Quote Of The Day: The Politics Of Limitless Speed Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/quote-of-the-day-the-politics-of-limitless-speed-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/quote-of-the-day-the-politics-of-limitless-speed-edition/#comments Tue, 27 Apr 2010 21:45:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354467 Deutsche Straßen sind nicht der Nürburgring. But there I go, quoting German Minister of Transportation Peter Ramsauer out of context, and in the original. Herr Ramsauer’s rebuke comes on news of a late-night crash involving a future Mercedes ML Class prototype, that resulted in the death of a 26-year old man over the weekend. The […]

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Deutsche Straßen sind nicht der Nürburgring. But there I go, quoting German Minister of Transportation Peter Ramsauer out of context, and in the original. Herr Ramsauer’s rebuke comes on news of a late-night crash involving a future Mercedes ML Class prototype, that resulted in the death of a 26-year old man over the weekend. The […]

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California: Legislation Would Create Green Light Cameras http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/california-legislation-would-create-green-light-cameras/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/california-legislation-would-create-green-light-cameras/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:33:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353514 Red light cameras in the state of California originally were first used to issue tickets to the owners of vehicles that entered an intersection after the light had turned red. In just the past few years, the cameras have shifted focus and now primarily ticket the owners of vehicles that make rolling right-hand turns on […]

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Red light cameras in the state of California originally were first used to issue tickets to the owners of vehicles that entered an intersection after the light had turned red. In just the past few years, the cameras have shifted focus and now primarily ticket the owners of vehicles that make rolling right-hand turns on […]

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Australia: Facebook Page Undermines Covert Speed Camera Effort http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/australia-facebook-page-undermines-covert-speed-camera-effort/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/australia-facebook-page-undermines-covert-speed-camera-effort/#comments Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:51:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353305 The motoring public in Queensland, Australia has foiled a police effort to deploy “covert” speed cameras across the state. Police have expanded their fleet of unmarked vehicles equipped with automated enforcement devices in an effort to boost the number of citations issued. The idea is to ensnare drivers “anywhere, anytime” by blending in with ordinary […]

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The motoring public in Queensland, Australia has foiled a police effort to deploy “covert” speed cameras across the state. Police have expanded their fleet of unmarked vehicles equipped with automated enforcement devices in an effort to boost the number of citations issued. The idea is to ensnare drivers “anywhere, anytime” by blending in with ordinary […]

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Chicago Tribune: No Probation For “Extreme Speeders” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/chicago-tribune-no-probation-for-extreme-speeders/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/chicago-tribune-no-probation-for-extreme-speeders/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:15:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349968 Enforcing laws against victimless crimes is never easy. Limited resources force local governments to constantly assess their law-enforcement priorities, assigning the squad cars and jail beds to the most pressing problems facing their jurisdiction. The problems that don’t make the cut? Unless there’s a revenue motive at play (see: red light cameras, speed cameras), local […]

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Enforcing laws against victimless crimes is never easy. Limited resources force local governments to constantly assess their law-enforcement priorities, assigning the squad cars and jail beds to the most pressing problems facing their jurisdiction. The problems that don’t make the cut? Unless there’s a revenue motive at play (see: red light cameras, speed cameras), local […]

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