Today I learned about a environmentalist who took a vow of silence for 17 years. He first started by taking a vow to never use motor vehicles after the 1971 San Francisco oil spill. He even went through school and even got a PHD while being silent. He only broke it when he played his banjo and thanked the crowd cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen…
In the UK, Dangerous Driving laws only apply to motor vehicles- this resulted in a man who had killed a woman by hitting her with a track bike at 18mph being sentenced to 2 years in jail under β€˜wanton and furious driving’, a Victorian-Era law intended for Horse Carriages. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
The safest position for any occupant involved in a motor-vehicle crash is the rear middle seat. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
More Americans died in motor vehicle accidents in 1937 (37,819 fatalities) then in 2018 (36,560 fatalities). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Mississippi is the only state to allow drivers to drink alcohol while operating a motor vehicle. It is permitted as long as the driver's blood alcohol content stays below the state’s legal limit of 0.08%. theawl.com/2016/04/riding…
Media publication about suicide causes an increase in plane and motor vehicle accidents, in addition to an overall increase in suicide. civtrial.com/personal-inj…
Variable gears on a bicycle predate the motor vehicle by almost 20 years. bikeradar.com/features/wh…
Counterintuitively, overall death rates DECREASED during both the Great Depression and the Great Recession. The main cause of this was a lack of motor vehicle accidents, but deaths from heart disease and infectious diseases also went down. Only suicide rates increased, and not by much. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Until 1973, all automatic transmissions in General Motors vehicles used Sperm Whale oil as a lubricant. nytimes.com/1975/04/17/ar…
In the UK in 2018 the risk of fatality per motor vehicle mile was about one-tenth that during the 1970s bbc.com/news/uk-52461913
An Ohio woman once got out of a parking ticket because of a missing comma in the state's laws. She successfully argued that her car wasn't a "motor vehicle camper" and therefore wasn't included in the list of prohibited vehicles. cbsnews.com/news/missing-…
A man was admitted into a psychiatric facility for believing he was inside GTA. He had been arrested for stealing motor vehicles and assaults to pedestrians with weapons randomly. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
It’s perfectly legal to ride a bike while intoxicated in Canadaβ€”the criminal code’s section on driving while impaired refers only to motor vehicles such as cars, Jet Skis and Zambonis torontolife.com/food/urba…
Old Crow is the only Yukon community that cannot be reached by motor vehicle, requiring visitors to fly in. The people of Old Crow are dependent on the Porcupine caribou herd for food and clothing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old…
While the first state to pass a speed limit law happened in 1901 and limited the legal speed of motor vehicles to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads, the first motor vehicle to actually get a ticket was in a 2 mph zone. blog.americansafetycounci…
Mississippi is the only state to allow drivers to drink alcohol while operating a motor vehicle as long as the driver's blood alcohol content stays below the state’s legal limit of .08% theawl.com/2016/04/riding…
General Motors purposely kept the 1979 Chevy Malibu gas tank dangerously close to the rear of the vehicle. Instead of paying an extra $8.59 per vehicle to move the gas tank to a safer location, GM estimated that they would only have to pay $2.40 per vehicle to pay off personal-injury lawsuits. nytimes.com/1999/07/10/us…
Tesla Motors made all of their patents available to the open market in 2014 "for the advancement of electric vehicle technology. tesla.com/blog/all-our-pa…
Drug overdose deaths, driven largely by prescription drug overdose deaths, are now the leading cause of injury death in the United States – surpassing motor vehicle crashes. fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsro…
More middle-aged Canadian men died by suicide in 2011 than by motor vehicle accidents, homicide, and HIV combined. suicideprevention.ca/unde…
DUI laws apply to bicycles and other non-motor vehicles depending on state dui.drivinglaws.org/resou…
Before 1994, in the United States, Departments of Motor Vehicles could give personal information to third parties en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 226 is in effect now for all new cars sold in the US. Many new vehicles have laminated side glass, which does not break and shatter the way tempered glass does, raising concerns for passengers trapped in sinking and burning cars. advancedglasssystems.com/…
Today I learned of the National Radio Quiet Zone, where residents are restricted or prohibited from using cell phones, Wi-Fi devices, microwave ovens and gasoline-powered motor vehicles. This is to prevent radio frequency interference at scientific research and military intelligence facilities in the area. wvexplorer.com/communitie…
Today I learned about the Motor Scout, the first ever armed engine-powered vehicle and precursor to modern armoured cars. It was essentially a quadricycle with a one and a half horsepower engine and a machine gun mounted in front of the handlebars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Firefighters and EMTs have dedicated vehicles for their jobs but law enforcement does not. A company named Carbon Motors set out to make a dedicated police vehicle. The company and car failed but they did make a prototype. motortrend.com/news/carbo…
Michigan Highway M-185, created in 1933, had its first automobile accident ever in 2005. The highway is on Mackinac island, which bans all private motor vehicles - the accident was a firetruck running into an ambulance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-1…
One of the dangers of working in a tryworks (a furnace in the whaling industry) is that a rotting pregnant whale could fill with gas and burst, ejecting a fetus the size of a motor vehicle with sufficient force to kill a man en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
In Michigan, there is a highway where motor vehicles are banned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-1…
There is a State highway in Michigan where all motor vehicles are banned. The restriction dates back to 1889 and modes of traffic there includes by foot, by horse, and by bicycle. amusingplanet.com/2015/09…
Hardcore Alcohol Impaired Drivers are estimated to be 380 times more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash than a driver who has not been drinking. duijusticelink.aaa.com/fo…
While women and Saudi Arabia are allowed to fly a plane, they must be chauffeured to the airport because it is illegal for them to operate a motor vehicle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
One unique danger of working in a tryworks (whaling industry furnace) was that a rotting pregnant whale could fill with gas and burst, "ejecting a fetus the size of a motor vehicle with sufficient force to kill a man" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Frederick W. Smith, the CEO, founder and chairman of FedEx, has separately killed two people in motor vehicle accidents: one in a hit and run (for which he was released on $250 bond), and another where he lost control, causing the vehicle to flip, killing the passenger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The world's first motor race -in 1887- was unsurprisingly won by Georges Bouton in his own Dion-Bouton vehicle. He was the only competitor. onthisday.com/articles/th…
BBC's Top Gear crew were the first to reach the North Pole in a motor vehicle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
Togo has the least motor vehicles with only 2 cars per 1000 people. Somalia has 3 and North Korea has 11 cars per 1000 nationmaster.com/country-…
Today I learned about the Jurassic Park Motor Pool, a global community of enthusiasts who convert their cars into Jurassic Park replica vehicles. jpmotorpool.com/index.htm…
The number one selling motor vehicle of all time is the Honda Super Cub en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
On April 20th, one study found a 12% increase in the risk of fatal motor vehicle crash between 4:20 p.m. and midnight on April 20th compared to identical time intervals on control days. Drivers less than 21 years of age, risks were 38% higher on April 20th than on control days. jamanetwork.com/journals/…
The first ever self propelled armoured fighting vehicle the "Motor Scout" was built in 1898 by British inventor F.R. Simms, a "quadricycle" powered by a petrol engine with a Maxim gun and iron shield. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Form 1969 to 1977, Ford Motor Company produced the Pinto with full knowledge of a design flaw that frequently caused the fuel tank to catch fire during rear collisions, which would have cost $11 per vehicle to fix. The tag line in radio ads was, "Pinto leaves you with that warm feeling." motherjones.com/politics/…
The first persons to drive a motor vehicle to the North Pole were James May and Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
The George Washington Bridge, spanning the Hudson River from the New Jersey Palisades to Northern Manhattan, is the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge. Over 106 million vehicles go across the bridge each year, and are charged a $15 toll for each crossing. americaninfrastructuremag…
Today I learned that Mackinac Island's M-185 was the only highway in America to never have a motor vehicle accident un 2005, when the island's fire truck collided with its ambulance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-1…
There is an island town in Michigan that has banned motor vehicles except for snowmobiles and emergency vehicles. In the summer it's a tourist attraction, but in the winter it has a population of 500 and is unreachable without a plane until the ice bridge forms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
_Edsel is an automobile marque that was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. After unveiling to the public, the vehicle was considered unattractive, overpriced, and overhyped. It was such a failure that the name "Edsel" became a popular symbol for a commercial failure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eds…
It is estimated that motor vehicle collisions caused the death of around 60 million people during the 20th century, around the same number of World War II casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eff…
Guinea has 9462.5 road fatalities per 100,000 motor vehicles in the country. The United States has 12.9. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is a state highway in the U.S. that bans motor vehicles. M-185, a highway that encircles Mackinac Island, Michigan, allows only horse, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. It experienced its only automobile accident when a fire truck hit an ambulance responding to an emergency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-1…

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