Charges for speeding and lying to police should be forthcoming. I'm not
sure what the laws in California are with respect to how much over the
posted speed limit a driver has to go before it becomes 'wreckless
endangerment'. Still, the police probably just want to see this incident
fade away from the front pages as quickly as possible given how they were
Apparently, he has twice filed insurance claims when short of funds. Those
insurance claims probably need another look given recent events.
They fueled the publicity for this guy's scam. They also took the attitude
afterward (just as the New York case has taken) that Toyota is some sort of
evil entity that needs to be kept away from these 'crime scenes'...as if
Toyota is only working to cover things up. Toyota and the NHTSA, like it or
not, are still more qualified to investigate this type of car issue than are
local police. the police became part of the propaganda machine...most
definitely duped by Sikes.
The actions of the police kept the driver more in check than if they
didn't show up. They acted appropriately.
And, if it turns out that he was lying, a new pair of bracelets would be
appropriate, too. I think they definitely have him on reckless
endangerment (again, so I did a Mike Hunter with the spelling) because
he endangered the lives of some many people, particularly the life of a
Really want to find out? Then don't lose interest in this issue. An update
will likely eventually be published in the papers, but you'll need to dig
down to the bottom of page A27 to find it. The TV morons will have lost
interest ages ago and won't bother to update it.
So if a person drive into their driveway, presses the brake until they stop,
then gets out of the car without shutting the car off (or pressing park),
what stops it from 'running away'? If what you say is true and it is still
on (and no one is pressing the brake anymore) what keep the car from moving?
Are you simply hoping the driveway is flat enough that the car doesn't roll
away or does it take a significant amount of gas pedal to provide any
I thought one of the safety features for the Prius was that getting out of
the car (opening the door or moving the wireless key away from the vehicle
at all) would shut it off. Is that only the 2010 model?
Agreed. Most of this issue is with old people (or other problem drivers).
Similiarly, it is silly to expect Prius drivers to know how to avoid an
accident even if the car (say the brake system) fails since drivers in
pretty much any type of car get into accidents (more often than not) when
such a system fails.
Don't forget that the Prius is not like a regular car with an automatic
tranny that still applies engine power at idle.
The Prius has an electric motor that only provides power when the pedal is
The Prius gas motor is not even connected to the wheels until a certain
speed is reached. The gas motor does not even -run- until the battery is
depleted to some setpoint. AIUI.
In the Prius, as with any other vehicle, if you stop the vehicle, leave it
in drive instead of neutral or park, and take your foot off of the brake,
the vehicle will start to creep, whether or not the ICE is running.
As far as getting out of the vehicle with the smart key in your pocket and
the engine or drivetrain on, the car starts to beep because the smart key is
not detected in the vehicle as a reminder to tell you to shut it off.
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