Archives For Breakin’ the Law

Jessica Barton.Credit: Facebook.

Jessica Barton.
Credit: Facebook.

It’s unclear if model Jessica Barton had any security for her super custom 1,165 hp Supra.

But it’s not uncommon for many even super high-profile car enthusiasts to skimp on, say, a car alarm or security system in favor of some performance-related aftermarket product for their ride.

However, if you’re spending thousands, if not tens of thousands on your vehicle, then paying a little more for peace of mind seems like a small price to pay.

Barton spent years putting together her ride and unfortunately thieves completely disassembled it for the parts.

The speedy swimsuit model had offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who helped her find the vehicle — but later sent out an Instagram post saying that it was too late and showing a pic of Supra parts piled up in a lot.

“That car has been evolving over 8 years and hundreds of thousands probably invested in it,” Barton said in a comment on the Instagram post.

“I could never just build another one. It’s imposible (sic) to do all this again. It’s a devastating loss to me,” she said.

Want to read more?

Check out even more on the story from Motoramic here.

2012-07-24 16.00.48This just in … New Year’s Day is the second most popular holiday for car thieves.

A new study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (pdf) reports that New Year’s Day is the No. 2 holiday for car theft, with 2,286 vehicles reported stolen in 2011.

No surprise, Halloween clocked in at No. 1 — with 2,328 thefts reported in 2011, according to the NICB report.

So why the heck is New Year’s so popular with car thieves?

Most experts speculate that the heavy use of alcohol at holiday parties, which makes revelers more careless about where they park their ride, is a major factor in the uptick in illegal activity.

An interesting write-up from TheCarConnection.com on the NICB study pointed out that Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day had the lowest reported thefts among all big holidays. That report pointed out that, unlike New Year’s, those holidays are more family-focused and end up with revelers most like at or near their home — instead of carousing downtown.

Well, it’s 2013, don’t wait around to end up like the “other guy” — resolve to keep your vehicle safe with a Viper system right away!

2012-07-24 16.00.52-1The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to force automakers to install “black boxes” in new vehicles.

Ostensibly the NHTSA simply wants to collect data that might help improve safety for drivers and passengers and it certainly would also prove most useful in determining what led to accidents and assigning fault, no doubt.

The anecdote in the article linked below does show how it would easily resolve events that happen on the road where there are no witnesses.

Still, there is a major privacy issue here. Also a question of ownership over the data.

One would think the data should belong to the owner of the car, and not, say, the insurance company that covers you.

According to the ABC News story:

“Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray of Massachusetts found out the hard way last year.

He crashed a car he was driving and told police that he was wearing a seatbelt and was not speeding at the time of the crash.

However the black box installed in his car revealed he was actually speeding at 75 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone, before accelerating to more than 100 miles per hour.”

Whoops!

Read full coverage on the feds’ “little black box” from ABC News below:

Feds Want ‘Black Boxes’ in New Cars, But Who Will Be Tracking You?

2012-07-24 16.00.52The poet Robert Frost wrote “I took the one less traveled by.”

Keep that in mind when you read the list of the best roads in America for speed freaks.

No offense to those who live near the areas mentioned, but we had to Google map many of the highways. But now we know which routes to take on our next cross-country journey.

Keep in mind, the list is restricted to only U.S. and Canadian roads — (excluding famed fast-driver hot spots such as Germany’s A81 Autobahn leading to the Austrian border — where you can basically floor it and drive as fast as you want.

This list includes several hidden little American secrets.

Coming in at No. 10 is the I-65 between Montgomery and Mobile, Alabama, but only when the football games are on because the local say that the cops are almost always working them.

No, 9 is the famed “Cowschwitz” — the I-5 outside Coalinga, California, stretching between San Francisco and L.A. — which apparently reeks of cow like you would not believe.

No cops on patrol, go figure!!!!

Check out the full list from Jalopnik below:

The Ten Best North American Roads For Speed Freaks

2012-07-24 16.01.14-1theftWhere’s the kill switch?!

OK, on the lighter side, if you can call it that, here’s a story of a handcuffed theft suspect who somehow was still able to steal a police car.

We’re betting the officer who had his vehicle stolen is wishing he could shut down the car remotely.

Of course he could’ve avoided the theft if the rear passenger window had been locked.

The handcuffed suspect had been left alone in the squad car — and somehow managed to roll a window down, slide the car door open and drive off — leaving officers in White Settlement, Texas, rushing to find him days after the incident, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Whoops!!!

A video shot from another vehicle’s dash cam caught Darren Porter, 41, sliding out of the backseat and pulling off the squad car theft.

Cops had detained Porter Friday morning, over allegations that he’d broken into a nearby antiques store — and officers had cuffed him and tossed him into the back of a Ford Crown Victoria squad car, officers said.

If you missed the link above, check out full coverage from The Sacramento Bee below:

Handcuffed Texas Suspect Makes Off With Squad Car