Koreisha Mark

Koreisha Mark

The Kōreisha mark (高齢者マーク, elderly car mark) is a statutory sign that is set up in the Road Traffic Law of Japan to indicate “aged person at the wheel”. Its official name is “aged driver sign” (高齢運転者標識, kōrei untensha hyōshiki). The law decrees that when a person who is aged 70 and over drives a car and if his/her old age could affect the driving, he/she should endeavor to display this mark on both the front and rear of the car. Drivers aged 75 and over are obliged to display…

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UK’s first fatal car accident

UK’s first fatal car accident

Bridget Driscoll stepped into the history books on August 17th 1896. Mrs Driscoll, a 44 year old housewife, while travelling from Old Town, became the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a car. Mrs Driscoll, was hit by an automobile belonging to the Anglo-French Motor Carriage Company that was being used to give demonstration rides, travelling at 4mph. She died within minutes of receiving a head injury. One witness described the car as travelling at “a reckless pace, in fact, like a fire engine”. The driver, working…

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The World’s Highest Speeding Fine

The World’s Highest Speeding Fine

Finnish tradition is to fine according to annual income. For years, this was based on the honor system. Finnish police would ask the person pulled over how much they made per year, consult a table, and fine them accordingly. The police hated it, though, because they were constantly lied to about how much people made. So, some years ago they got new high-tech tools for calculating traffic fines. In this beautiful country, the world-record speeding ticket was a cool $200,000. In this case, records showed that Jussi Salonoja, a 27-year-old…

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Richard Hammond Is An Awesome Father

Richard Hammond Is An Awesome Father

In 2007 Top Gear star Richard Hammond abandoned his Porsche 911 after being caught up in traffic chaos caused by the floods to run 16 miles home for his daughter’s fourth birthday. Hammond had been driving from London to his home in Herefordshire when he became stuck in traffic. After a long 12-hour journey, the star, nicknamed Hamster abandoned his Porsche 911 Carrera in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, at 3am on Saturday morning and ran home. Hammond told the Mirror: “There was no way I was going to miss it – I’m…

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Toyota Altis Ad with Brad Pitt

Toyota Altis Ad with Brad Pitt

A Toyota advertisement featuring Brad Pitt has been banned in Malaysia in 2002 after the country’s deputy information minister ruled that Pitt’s handsome appearance may make Malaysian countrymen feel inferior. “Why must we use their faces in our advertisements?” asked Zainuddin Maidin to London’s Guardian. “Aren’t our own people handsome enough?” Malaysian government ordered the ads to be pulled because the sight of non-Asian faces such as Brad Pitt’s would “plant a sense of inferiority among Asians,” the county’s deputy information minister Zainuddin Maidin tells the national news agency Bernama….

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