WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) Published 2:29 PM EST Dec 20, 2018 A Wyoming Department of Public Safety officer was in the right place at the right time Thursday morning, allowing him to keep many highway travelers safe from a wrong-way driver. Shortly before 3 a.m., Officer Tony Jacob was driving south on U.S. 131, near 44th Street SW, when he noticed a wrong-way driver going north in the southbound lanes. Immediately, he tuned on his emergency lights and siren to warn other drivers of the possible danger. He then pulled alongside of the wrong-way vehicle, which was traveling at approximately 50 to 60 mph. At that time, Officer Jacob was able to see the driver who appeared to be asleep. Instinctively, he used his cruiser to safely push the car to a stop. Police say it does not appear that alcohol or drugs were a factor and there were no injuries. The driver of the vehicle told police he had been awake for more than 40 hours and was sleep deprived. The Wyoming Department of Public Safety … [Read more...] about Michigan cop pushes sleeping, wrong-way driver to safety
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By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. Ah yes, 2018, what a spectacular time to be in the automobile business. With the promise of new beginnings and untold profits dancing in "The New Visionaries'" heads, a Next Frontier marked by a horde of shiny happy zombie cars careening across the landscape, and a blissfully unaware populace with joker-like grins plastered on their faces as they revel in the mindless, pay-as-you-go un-involvement – what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile the real-world market has been upended by actual paying customers and their insatiable desire for Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks, to the point that legacy auto companies like GM have been caught out of position and unprepared, forcing it to close underperforming plants and cut thousands of workers. GM blames the market conditions, but I place the blame squarely on management for their lack of planning and inability to anticipate where the market was going. Add to this chaotic situation the headlong rush of … [Read more...] about DIGITAL DISCIPLES, ZOMBIE CARS, AND ENOUGH DELUSION AND HUBRIS TO POWER THE NEW EMERALD AUTO CITY JUST OVER THE HILL. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, BESIDES EVERYTHING? THAT’S RIGHT, IT’S TIME FOR THE AUTOEXTREMIST 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW!
opinion Ingrid Jacques The Detroit News Published 10:04 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, received a letter last week from a group called Launch Michigan, urging him to ignore two bills that had recently arrived in his Education Committee. Given it’s lame duck and there are many bills moving quickly, many advocacy organizations are seeking to sway lawmakers. But this letter stands out. Launch Michigan formed in June, and is a coalition of about 30 business, philanthropic, union and school leaders. They came together at the behest of Business Leaders for Michigan to lead an effort to call attention to the state’s floundering public schools — and to identify the most impactful reforms. That’s a fine mission, and Michigan’s schools need all the help they can get. Yet in this case, Launch Michigan is pushing Pavlov to ignore legislation that would simply offer school districts more flexibility in how they deliver education. … [Read more...] about Editor’s note: Wrong way to ‘launch’ school reform
The Porsche 959 is remembered as one of the greatest cars of the modern era, and certainly one of the jewels in the crown of Porsche, the eternal sports car king. What’s considerably less well-known is that the car was a fantastic failure at literally every point of its life. Porsche put the 959 into production in 1987, and when it did it was probably the most technologically advanced car in the world. It had not one but two turbochargers. It made 450 horsepower from just a 2.85-liter engine. It did 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and topped out at 196 mph, still impressive figures today. It had computer-controlled variable all-wheel drive. It had driver-adjustable ride height and suspension settings along with a number of electronic systems advanced for the time. We’re quite used to these kinds of systems today, but this was radical 30 years ago. Each one of these technologies would have been a big deal at the time. Porsche, then still a relatively small car company, bundled them … [Read more...] about The Porsche 959’s History Was Way More of a Disaster Than You Know
BRITISH drivers are being baffled by the nation's traffic signs. The UK is known for its overuse of road signs, and it seems our motorists just can't get their heads around all of them. According to a study by easyJet and Europcar, as many as 76 per cent of Brit drivers struggle with some of our own signage. Research found that more than half of drivers have made a wrong turn because they misunderstood a sign, while around 27 per cent broke the speed limit or indicated the wrong way. And motorists are just as confused when driving through Europe, with 80 per cent unsure of foreign signs. So how many of the 10 most challenging signs in Britain can you correctly identify? Take the test and check your answers below. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Latest motors newsROBO CONE 'Robotic' traffic markers that mean you won't get stuck in roadworks queues again TOXIC AIR Car pollution costs NHS £6BILLION a year - and diesels are the worst offenders FALSE ECONOMY Almost 98 PER CENT of … [Read more...] about The confusing UK road signs that are baffling drivers – do YOU know what they mean?