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Thursday
Dec132012

San Francisco Cop’s 100 MPH Ride Video Probed

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco police are investigating a video posted on Facebook by one of its police sergeants showing what could have been the officer and his friends traveling through the city's Broadway Tunnel at 100 mph.

The video, posted in September, was removed  Wednesday along with the Facebook page of a police sergeant whose legal name is Carl T. The video showed a driver stepping on the gas from the Larkin Street stop at the Russian Hill side of the tunnel, zooming through it toward Chinatown at almost 100 miles per hour in an 35 miles per hour zone.

 

San Francisco police were still confirming whether or not Sgt. T was the driver, whether he was on duty at the time, and driving under the influence.

“This case is still under review …  Any time we have a possible violation or any type of misconduct by our staff it is protocol to refer the matter to administrative investigation,” Officer Carlos Manfredi, spokesperson from the San Francisco Police Department told ABC News. “We have no further results on the investigation yet and Sgt. T is still on staff.”

The “SFist” blog carried the news of the video in September and extracted comments from T’s Facebook post which gathered 31 likes and 19 comments. Carl T’s posting read, “Broadway tunnel. 100 Miles per hour in the Lambo.”

Carl T. recently made news for legally changing his last name from Tannenbaum to T so his entire name would not be put on his badge.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Dec082010

Stop Speeding, Win the Lottery: One Man's Idea to Make Safe Driving Fun

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The motivation of a cash prize to the safest drivers is behind a California man's winning entry in The Fun Theory, an advertising contest sponsored by Volkswagen and advertising network DDB Worldwide Communications.

The idea? Put a speed monitor on a busy highway. But instead of simply ticketing the fastest drivers, the monitor would capture an image of the license plates of the drivers who obey the speed limit, then enter them into a lottery.

The winner of the lottery would get a cash prize, paid for with some of the money collected from drivers who were ticketed for going too fast.

"I thought, 'Is there anything you could do to slow people down and change their behavior through fun?'" said Kevin Richardson, the 40-something San Francisco senior games producer for Nickelodeon and Family Games behind the winning Fun Theory idea.

Jeff Swystun, chief communications officer for the New York City-based DDB, said Richardson "embodies what the Fun Theory was all about," calling him "clever" and "earnest."

For winning the contest, Richardson was awarded 2,500 Euros, or about $3,300.

Volkswagen and DDB's Sweden offices, which promoted the project, put out a video showing exactly how effective Richardson's brainchild could be.

The speed monitor was set up in Stockholm for three days in September and recorded 24,857 cars as they drove by. The average speed at the beginning of the project was 32 km/h, or about 19.8 mph. By the end, cars drove by with an average speed of 25 km/h, or about 15.5 mph -- a 22-percent decrease.

"This is a really positive thing: Drive legally and earn money," one driver marveled in Swedish. "Perfect!"

The contest was tied to Volkswagen's promotion of its new Blue Motion Technologies, which puts more environmentally friendly features in the fleet's inner-workings to improve on things like fuel efficiency.

Richardson said he understands his project isn't going to revolutionize life on the road, but hopes at least some will take away his message.

"Of course people are still going to speed. But if it makes more people slow down and there's a positive reason to do it, it's better than always looking out of the corner of your eye and wondering if you're going to get caught," he said. "Focus more on the positive and what results you want, and not the negative."

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