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Vancouver driver undeterred, despite heavy levy on hand-held habit

VANCOUVER - One Vancouver driver has rung up 26 tickets in just over three years for breaking the law by using his electronic device while behind the wheel. Now, Vancouver Police say they have taken further steps to curb the man's dangerous habits, and he may not like how it all adds up. His car has now been impounded for seven days after his arrest for driving while prohibited. While he's without his vehicle, the unidentified driver may have time to use the calculator on his hand-held device to add up the $167 fine for each of his 26 tickets.

Driver in Israel crash that killed 24 Russians jailed for eight years

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The driver of a tour bus that crashed in Israel in 2008, killing 24 Russian travel agents, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Sunday, the Justice Ministry said. The accident occurred near the southern Red Sea resort of Eilat, when the bus, carrying 49 passengers, veered off a desert road and plunged down a ravine. It was one of the worst crashes in Israel. The Russian travel agents had just arrived in Israel and were en route to Eilat. Fifteen of them were badly injured in the accident.

Driver arrested after driving car into a crowd of pedestrians in Japan

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after intentionally steering his car onto a pavement and hitting 12 pedestrians in the Japanese city of Nagoya, police said Sunday. The incident occurred mid-afternoon close to the city's central station and the driver was caught on the spot, a provincial police spokesman told AFP by telephone. He did not give any other details including the driver's identity. Media reports said 12 pedestrians were injured, one of them seriously

Moscow metro driver dies after falling from moving train

A train driver on the Moscow metro died after apparently falling out of a moving train, Russian investigators said Sunday. The incident took place late Saturday as the train was travelling along a busy line in southern Moscow, the Investigative Committee said in a statement. "A train pulled into Ryazansky Prospekt metro station without a driver, using automatic braking," investigators said. "Two minutes later, the driver of the next train found the driver's body under the live rail in the tunnel between Kuzminki and Ryazansky Prospekt stations."

Spain train driver on phone at time of accident

The driver of a train that derailed in Spain killing 79 people was speaking on his work phone at the time of the accident and appeared to consult a map, a court said Tuesday after analysing the train's data recorders. "Minutes before the train came off the tracks he received a call on his work phone to get indications on the route he had to take to get to Ferrol. From the content of the conversation and background noise it seems that the driver consulted a map or paper document," a court statement said. ds/lc

Auto-rickshaw snatched killing its driver in Comilla

Miscreants stabbed to death a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver and snatched his vehicle in Haripur-Jinglatali area of Daudkandi upazila on Tuesday night.The deceased was identified as Bashir, 28, son of Rafiq of Barkamta village in Debidwar upazila of the district.Police said when a Chandina-bound CNG-run auto-rickshaw from Homna reached Gouripur, some miscreants boarded it in the guise of passengers.The bandits tried to snatch the auto-rickshaw when it reached Haripur-Jinglatali in Daudkandi upazila at about 9.00pm.At one stage, they stabbed driver Bashir with shar

Alleged drunk driver kills two Paris police in chase

An alleged drunk driver killed two Paris police officers on Thursday after slamming his black Land Rover into their cruiser during a high-speed chase. Police vehicles attempted to intercept the 22-year-old driver, who according to police sources had been convicted five times previously of driving without a licence, after his 4x4 was seen driving erratically early Thursday. Police gave chase when he attempted to escape and during the pursuit he drove the Land Rover at high speed into a police car attempting to block his path on the ring road around Paris.

Formula One: New car but only one driver for Force India

Force India unveiled their new car for the forthcoming Formula One season at Silverstone on Friday, but they are still to confirm the identity of British driver Paul di Resta's teammate. The vacancy next to Di Resta is one of only three across the grid for the 2013 season, which begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17. French driver Jules Bianchi, the team's third driver in 2012, was expected to be announced as Di Resta's teammate.

Formula One: New car but only one driver for Force India

Force India unveiled their new car for the forthcoming Formula One season at Silverstone on Friday, but they are still to confirm the identity of British driver Paul di Resta's teammate. The vacancy next to Di Resta is one of only three across the grid for the 2013 season, which begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17. French driver Jules Bianchi, the team's third driver in 2012, was expected to be announced as Di Resta's teammate.

Formula One: New car but only one driver for Force India

Force India unveiled their new car for the forthcoming Formula One season at Silverstone on Friday, but they are still to confirm the identity of British driver Paul di Resta's teammate. The vacancy next to Di Resta is one of only three across the grid for the 2013 season, which begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 17. French driver Jules Bianchi, the team's third driver in 2012, was expected to be announced as Di Resta's teammate.
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