This brilliant billboard on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, Canada is actually a PSA to discourage texting and driving. After this, if Wathan Funeral Home were real, people would be dying to get in. (Sorry.)
Excellent work from the john st. advertising agency and Cieslok Media.
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In India, 11,000 people die each year in automobile accidents tied to potholes or speed bumps, presumably because drivers fly over them, often on purpose. India's minister of road transport, Nitin Gadkari, hopes faux speed bumps will help by encouraging drivers to slow down while reducing the risk when they don't.
"We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers," Gadkari tweeted along with the image above.
The optical illusions have been tried in other countries, including the US, as I posted back in 2008.
"Initially they were great," Phoenix, Arizona police traffic coordinator officer Terry Sills said at the time. "Until people found out what they were."
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I use and love Waze every day to make driving in Los Angeles manageable for me. I still use it despite periodic bursts of tech news reports that the app leaves me vulnerable to security attacks and surveillance.
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This video reminds me of a scene from Road Warrior. Homestead, Florida police charged motorcyclist Rone Gonzalez, 23, with misdemeanor reckless driving and auto driver Kristiian Rosa, 30, with felony Aggravated Assault with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor reckless driving.
"Police arrest participants in Homestead road rage incident" (Local10, thanks UPSO!)
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On a stretch of Route 66 between Albuquerque and Tijeras, New Mexico, engineers at Sand Bar Construction, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the National Geographic Channel installed a series of rumble strips that play “America the Beautiful" as you traverse them at 45 miles per hour. Apparently, the jingle of corporate sponsor Nationwide was originally included in the road's repertoire but it has since been removed. Watch the video above about the installation, meant keep to drivers at a safe speed.
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Here's a fellow who lost control while driving too fast on the Angeles Crest Highway in Southern California, and drove off a cliff.
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It is legal to drive while texting in Montana and Arizona. It is legal to drive while drinking alcohol in Mississippi. It is illegal to drive with a dog in your lap in New Jersey and Hawaii. It is legal to drive for Uber in all fifty states, but illegal to drive for an escort service in all fifty states. See a visual representation of these laws and other driving laws at JustPark.
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Adam Jones of Skegness, England was given a year jail sentence for "aggravated vehicle taking and driving without a license or insurance" after leading police on a 100mph chase that damaged countless cars. After he was caught, Jones reportedly told authorities that his driver's education consisted of playing Playstation driving games.
"You said you 'Only learnt to drive on a Playstation game," the judge told Jones. "You were driving like a Playstation game. You drove as fast as you could as if in a video or playstation game without any care for those around you."
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You have 10 seconds to read and respond to every text message you get behind the wheel. After all, you wouldn't want to be rude.
In March, motorcyclist Samuel Ayres stopped at a red light and noticed a driver using a phone. He told the driver, "Put down your fucking phone. You're in your car." The driver apparently did not appreciate the advice so he followed Ayres, sideswiped him and knocked him off his motorcycle, and drove away. Ayers is soliciting donations to pay for the resulting bills. Read the rest
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You don’t want to mess with your phone much while driving, period.
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Shenzhen, China police posted on social media that drivers who use their headlights inappropriately are being punished by staring into headlights for five minutes. Read the rest
The US government is analyzing data from what it claims is the biggest study on how pot affects how you drive. The participants in the study at the University of Iowa vaporized marijuana (smoke-free campus!), drank, both, or had a placebo and took the wheel of a driving simulator.
"When it comes to cannabis, it's a lot trickier than when it comes to alcohol," says Colorado State Trooper JJ Wolff. "I can't tell you if one joint is going to make you high to the point where you can't drive. That's a really hard question to answer at this point. ... "The safest thing to do right now: If you are going to drink any amount, don't drive. And if you are going to consume any amount of cannabis, don't drive."
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Japanese tire dealer Autoway released this commercial to scare you into remembering the importance of good traction. I think that's the point anyway. Read the rest
A driver "who can see for a distance of only a few feet" embarked on an 85 MPH sprint
through Sheffield, England, after cops tried to pull him over on suspicion of driving drunk. He was jailed for nine months after admitting to dangerous driving, reports the Daily Mirror. Read the rest
Tom Vanderbilt, author of the bestselling book Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (And What It Says About Us)
, shares insights on late merging, the demographics of honking, and highway hypnosis.