Worst Excuses Actually Used to Dodge Speeding Tickets

Let's face it - A lot of us have a need for speed, but nobody likes getting nabbed with a speeding ticket. So, we can come up with some real doozies of excuses to dodge a high-dollar citation. PoliceOne.com, an online resource for law enforcement professionals, asked officers nationwide to tell about the best, worst and craziest lines they've received from lead-footed drivers. Here are 10 of our favorites here at E3 Spark Plugs. "I wasn't speeding, I just got a haircut and it makes me look fast." "I'm a Wicka. You know, a witch. Are you giving me a ticket? I'll put a spell on you." "Oh, I thought the sign I 95 meant the speed limit. Glad you didn't catch me over on SR 210 earlier." "Duh, I know I was going fast, I was trying to get the snow off my windshield so I could see where I'm...

September 24, 2015
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Here's How NOT to Dodge Speeding Ticket

File this one in the "dumbest criminals" folder, E3 Spark Plugs fans. Florida man Julius Lupowitz recently got nabbed for his lead food in West Melbourne. But what he did to dodge the $200 speeding ticket coming his way only ended up getting him in far worse legal trouble. When the officer writing Lupowitz's ticket turned around, the delusional driver got the not-so-bright idea to dial 911 with a bogus claim. "There's definitely someone going to get shot," he reportedly told 911 operators. "Please, please. Wingate and Hollywood. Please. There's a man with a gun. I see him looking at me but I don't think he sees I'm on a cell phone. I swear I'm so scared I might get killed myself. Please."Apparently, Lupowitz mistakenly thought that the officer would have no choice but to speed...

September 24, 2015
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Diesel Scandal Prompts Massive Volkswagen Recall - Is Your Ride Affected?

All the talk in the automotive world lately is the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. The company recently admitted it falsified output of carbon emissions from diesel cars by programming engine management software in some diesel models to turn on emission controls only during testing. Once affected vehicles passed testing and returned to the roadways, they would rup up to 40 times more emissions than revealed at the test site, according to officials with the US Environmental Protection Agency. That's one dirty move. In the aftermath of the confession, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down and the company issued a recall of some 11 million vehicles in the US alone, with upward of $7.2 billion set aside to cover related costs. Affected models are: Jetta (Manufacturing...

September 23, 2015
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Newest Batmobile Unveiled

The movie starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams won't be released until next March. But film car buffs and fans of super hero flicks are getting an epic preview of the newest Batmobile to be featured in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The massive muscle movie ride recently was unveiled at the Warner Brothers Studio tour in Hollywood, California. Executives say the next-generation Batmobile combines elements of the sleek, streamlined design of classic Batmobiles and the high-suspension, military build sported in the more recent Tumbler from the Dark Knight Trilogy. Created by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, the new Batmobile measures nearly 20 feet long and 12 feet wide and we here at E3 Spark Plugs think it's one of the coolest yet. Want to see the new...

September 23, 2015
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Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Hits the Auction Block

We here at E3 Spark Plugs belive this just might be the grooviest automotive auction ever. A customized 1965 Porsche 365C 1600 Cabriolet that once belonged to iconic singer and songwriter Janis Joplin is up for sale at RM Sotheby’s in New York in December. Originally oyster white before its crazy colorful paint job, the ride is expected to fetch upward of £260,000  - that's $396,350 in US dollars. Joplin purchased the car used in 1968 for a mere $3,500 and comissioned roadie Dave Roberts to give it a psychedelic revamp. The paint job dubbed "The History of the Universe" took a month to complete and quickly became one of the most recognizable sights in the San Francisco area where Joplin lived. That paint job also proved a bit of an insurance policy. When the car...

September 23, 2015
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Auto Theft Rates Highest in California, Washington, Texas

With this month's release of the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the top 10 most stolen rides in 2014, there's a lot of talk about just how to avoid becoming a car theft victim statistic. One idea: If you live in California, Washington or Texas, consider a move. NICB statistics show that cities in these three states fill the list of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest auto theft rates last year. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Bakersfield, California Stockton-Lodi, California Odessa, Texas Modesto, California Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Vallejo-Fairfield, California Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Fresno, California San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California What gives? Experts say that port and border cities are notorous hotbeds for...

September 11, 2015
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Hot Wheels: Honda Accord, Civic Named Most Stolen Rides of 2014

Drive a Honda? You might want to look into a few theft-deterrent options. That's because the Honda Accord and Honda Civic took the top two spots on the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the most stolent rides in 2014. The nearest contenders weren't even close. The news comes as no surprise to insurance pros and law enforcement. The same two cars topped the annual list last year as well. Experts point to the fact that both models are known for reliability, which means many older models remain on the roadways - and those older rides lack modern security features that come standard in more recently manufactured vehicles. Plus, their enduring popularity makes them less noticeable when the BOLOs go out. Here's the NICB's list of the 10 models most likely to disappear from America's...

September 11, 2015
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Eight Great Tips to Avoid Having your Ride Swiped

Statistics from the FBI show that upward of 700,000 vehicles are lifted each year, with metropolitan areas in California, Washington and Texas having the highest auto theft rates. And if you own a Honda Accord or Civic, you're at particular risk. These popular rides known for their reliabilty top the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the most stolen vehicles in 2014.To avoid contributing to such statistics, E3 Spark Plugs offers these eight great tips for avoiding having your ride disappear from the parking lot or driveway: Drive a manual: An ever growing percentage of Americans don't know how or simply don't want to drive a manual. And if they can't drive it, they can't steal it. Take your steering wheel with you: Quick release steering wheel kits are increasingly...

September 11, 2015
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IndyCars Cross Golden Gate Bridge in Homage to Justin Wilson

The racing world is reeling from the untimely death of one of its most beloved. British open-wheel racer Justin Wilson passed away August 23rd after a horrfic on-track crash at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. The 37-year-old was struck in the head by the carbon-fiber nosecone of race leader Sage Karem when Karem's Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet hit the Tricky Triangle's outside wall, sending debris flying up and down the track as it essentially disintegrated. Footage shows that Wilson appeared to lose control and spear left into the track's inside wall. He was immediately airlifted to an Allentown, PA hospital, where he never emerged from a coma.In homage to Wilson, a husband and father of two daughters from Sheffield, England, fellow racers gathered on Thursday to parade five...

August 29, 2015
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US Roadways Most Frequented by Drunk Drivers

Statistics show that drunk driving kills one person every 52 mintues throughout the United States. You might think that these accidents are more frequent in larger party cities like Los Angeles, New York or Miami. But you'd be wrong. Turns out that drunk driving crashes are far more likely to happen along the long stretches of open road that connect small towns in rural western areas, where drivers often are tempted to drive faster and less carefully for longer distances. A new study commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsistration took a look at road fatalities stats associated with drunk driving all across the country. The data turned up a total of 94,550 drunk driving deaths between 2004 and 2013, and identified the roadways where these accidents happened most....

August 29, 2015
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