Shenzhen drivers punishment for misusing headlights: stare into them

Shenzhen, China police posted on social media that drivers who use their headlights inappropriately are being punished by staring into headlights for five minutes.

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How stoned is too stoned to drive?

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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." "Feds test how stoned is too stoned to drive" (USA Today)

Scary tire commercial from Japan

Japanese tire dealer Autoway released this commercial to scare you into remembering the importance of good traction. I think that's the point anyway.

"Blind man" led police on 85 MPH car chase

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.

Tom Vanderbilt: the counterintuitive science of traffic

If I had a chauffeur, I'd want it to be Tom Vanderbilt. I have no idea if Tom is a good driver, but he has a wealth of compelling, curious, and provocative knowledge about the psychology and science of our lives behind the wheel. He's the author of the bestselling book Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do (And What It Says About Us) that has enlightened everyone from transportation policy groups to road safety consortiums to those of us who just insist that no matter what lane we're in, the other one is moving faster. Tom gave a fantastic talk at Boing Boing: Ingenuity, our theatrical experience last month in San Francisco, where he imparted wisdom on late merging, the demographics of honking, and highway hypnosis.

Boing Boing: Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.

Annoying rally driver coach

https://youtu.be/dKrNaa829K8

[Video Link] Matthew says: "Here's a video taken from inside the Mitsubishi Evo 10 during the 2013 Coimbatore Rally, part of the Indian National Rally Championship. The car is being driven by Samir Thapar and his co-driver/coach, Vivek Ponnusamy."

Cardboard cops to deter traffic violators

TraffffffffI've heard anecdotal evidence that lifesize cardboard cut-outs of police officers in shops can deter shoplifting. Now Bangalore police are using the same method to deter traffic violators. "It is not a gimmick. Wherever we have put up these cut outs, violations have come down," Traffic Commissioner MA Saleem told the BBC.

Traffic signals for the colorblind

I don't know why this never occurred to me before, but today on Twitter, several people who are attending the 2011 Accessibility Summit pointed out that traffic lights aren't, traditionally, accessible. Think about it. If you're colorblind, does red, yellow, green tell you as much information as you need, as easily and quickly as you need to know it?

Turns out, some Canadian provinces deal with this by adding shapes to the lights, as well as colors. This is an example from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thanks to Seth Meranda for linking it!

Image: Sprocket at en.wikipedia. Used via CC.