Connect to share and comment

Angry bikers take to the streets to protest lower speed limit

Thousands of "angry bikers" took to the streets across France on Saturday to protest against government plans to slash the speed limit on non-motorway roads. The French Federation of Angry Bikers (FFCM) said "tens of thousands" of motorcyclists donned their leathers to object to proposals to cut the speed limit on secondary roads from 90 km per hour to 80 km per hour. "It's not speed that kills on the roads, it's the way people behave," Jean-Marc Belotti, the president of the organisation's Paris branch said.

Technology could be used to stop cellphone use behind the wheel: doctors

TORONTO - Steps must be taken to dissuade drivers from illegally using cellphones while behind the wheel to prevent the risk of injury to other motorists or pedestrians, says an editorial by two Canadian doctors. And paradoxically, they write in this week's British Medical Journal, technology itself may provide the solution.

Germany's main auto club under pressure after official tampers with favourite car voting

BERLIN - Germany's main automobile club apologized on Monday and conceded that its image as a trusted institution has taken a knock after a top official admitted to manipulating the figures in a poll on the nation's favourite car. ADAC says it is Europe's biggest auto club with more than 18 million members, offering breakdown help, safety tests and many other services to a nation of car enthusiasts.

Edmonton fan of comedy show Tosh.0 charged with watching while driving

CALGARY - Watching an episode of the TV comedy Tosh.0 while driving through a snowstorm on the weekend turned out to be no laughing matter for a 28-year-old Edmonton man. Alberta Sheriffs were alerted by a concerned motorist about a vehicle travelling southbound on Highway 2 near Carstairs in central Alberta. Witnesses say a red car was exhibiting a "irregular driving pattern". As they passed the vehicle it became clear why the driver was having trouble staying in his lane. He had his laptop open on the dash and was watching an episode of Tosh.0.

Distracted driving bigger problem for novice drivers

By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If you're a novice driver, dialing a phone is more dangerous than retrieving text messages, and reaching for an object while driving is more likely to produce an accident than eating behind the wheel. Even experienced drivers face a dangerously-high risk of getting into an accident while manipulating a cell phone.

Edmonton police chief wants Alberta law to crack down on excessive speeding

EDMONTON - The police chief in Alberta's capital is renewing a push for the provincial government to give officers the legal power to seize the vehicles of motorists caught driving at dangerously excessive speeds. Rod Knecht says police in Edmonton are routinely catching people driving more than 50 km/h over the posted limit. There have been 879 such cases in the last two years, he says.

Commuter bus crashes off Philippine highway onto van, 22 dead: police

MANILA (Reuters) - At least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in the Philippine capital, Manila, early on Monday, emergency authorities said. At least a dozen bodies had been pulled from the twisted debris of the overturned bus, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Velasquez told reporters. "It was not clear how this accident happened," she said. One witness reported seeing the bus speeding in poor weather.

Driven to distraction: carmakers mull gadget risks

Talking on the phone while driving is illegal in a growing number of countries, but with the explosion of in-car technologies the potential for drivers being distracted is greater than ever. The dangers of gadget distraction were highlighted Tuesday in Los Angeles, where the LA Auto Show devoted a whole day to the opportunities in the so-called Connected Car, as well as the risks. Technologies which make driving safer -- from anti-collision systems to devices which prod you awake if you drift off -- have grown to become increasingly standard on new cars.

UK motor vehicle accident deaths down over 50 years

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The number of people who died in motor vehicle accidents in England and Wales over a 50-year period fell despite car ownership increasing during that time, according to a new study. While safety and medical advances may be responsible for the overall drop in deaths, the researchers found that social class and sex still factor into who dies as a result of car accidents.

Calls growing louder for stiffer penalties for motorists using cellphones

TORONTO - Calls are growing louder for tougher penalties against Ontario motorists caught using their cellphones and electronic devices while driving. Distracted driving has "definitely" overtaken drunk driving as a serious danger on the roads, said the Insurance Bureau of Canada. "We've seen with long weekends, four times as many people being charged with distracted driving than with impaired driving," Doug DeRabbie, IBC's director of government relations, said Tuesday.
Syndicate content