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When walking dog, everyone should walk

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When walking dog, everyone should walk

Just when it seemed that talking on their cell phones or sending text messages was the stupidest thing a driver could do, we hear the story of Paul Railton. Railton, 23, of Consett, England, pleaded guilty on Monday to not being in proper control of a vehicle. So what was he doing to face that charge? Walking his dog. While driving. Seems he was just driving at a slow speed while holding his lurcher's leash out the window as it walked along beside. "It was a silly thing to do and there was an element of laziness," said Paul Donoghue, Railton's lawyer. He was fined $100, and the points he got resulted in a six-month license suspension.

Speed signs are not very official

Dean Dorricott of Whangarei, New Zealand, was motoring down the road when an electronic speed detector sign indicated he was going 45 kilometers per hour. His speedometer said he was doing 50, which was the limit. So he did a little mental recalibration. Later, he was on a road where the limit was 90, and he decided that, based on the math, he could go what his gauges said was 100. So he was pretty surprised when police stopped him, told him he had been doing 103 and gave him a $55 ticket. Dorricott protested, telling officials about his test and the math and everything, but all he received was a letter saying that he should not use the roadside signs to calibrate vehicle speed. "It's almost entrapment," he told the Northern Advocate newspaper.

Even if your car is junk, don't toss it

Heiner Mollard, 65, was taking his trash to the local collection site in Bazenheid, Switzerland. As he was backing up to the dropoff bin, he made the classic mistake of hitting the gas instead of the brake. Either that or he was driving a Toyota. Either way, his car crashed through the gate and went over the edge, straight down 30 feet into the garbage pit. He was fine, suffering a few cuts and bruises. After rescue workers got him out, the dump charged him $75 for putting an inappropriate item — his car — in the receptacle.

Sad way to go after surviving crash

Roy Messenger was driving in Montesano, Wash., when he had an accident, crashing into a utility pole. He was not seriously hurt. Got out of the car. Called a relative to help him get his car out of a ditch. While he waited for help, he took a moment to relieve himself. Unfortunately, that's what killed him, according to police. Officials say that as Messenger was urinating into the ditch, he hit a downed power line, and the liquid conducted enough electricity back to his body to kill him. A popular television show debunked a similar urban legend in the past, but official say that's the story the burn marks are telling them, and they're sticking with it until the autopsy tells them another one.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

When walking dog, everyone should walk 03/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 10:42pm]

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