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11 June 2022: Zutobi Releases Annual Report on Safest Countries for Driving

Zutobi, an online driver’s education hub has released its annual report on the world’s safest countries for driving. The group says they have seen little change from the previous year. For the second year in a row, they list Norway as the safest country in the world for driving. Runners up include Iceland and Estonia, ranked in last year’s top five safest countries. Switzerland rose into the top ten, up three places from last year. The most dangerous countries for driving have remained consistent since last year, with the three most dangerous seeing no change. They are South Africa, Thailand and the United States. However, India saw its road traffic death rate increase by more than 50%, from 15.6 to 22.6 per 100,000 people, and a number of countries saw their rates improve, particularly Bolivia (from 21.1 to 15.5 per 100,000 people). The average number of estimated road traffic deaths per 100,000 across all countries has decreased since the previous year from 11 to 9.7, while there has been no change in national speed limits and blood alcohol concentration limits in each country. According to the Zutobi study, South Africa had a safety score of 3.41 out of 10, with alcohol and low seatbelt use listed as contributing factors. Zutobi co-founder Leo Waldenback has been quoted as saying that South Africa’s figures were “staggering” and “too damn high. Your roads really are dangerous when looking at the data and I think you have to have massive awareness campaigns, stricter education [and] stricter laws,” Waldenback said. In 2020, there were 848 road traffic deaths in the South Africa and in 2021 there were 822, according to the country’s transport ministry.

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23 March 2022: Strepy-Bracquegnies, Belgium

While more than 100 people waited for a parade Sunday morning, 20 March, in Strepy-Bracquegnies, Belgium, a car crashed into crowd at high speed. The car smashed into carnival performers, leaving six people dead and seriously injuring 10 more. Around 150 people gathered early on Sunday for the town’s annual parade. The town is located about 30 miles south of Brussels. Currently authorities say the incident is not being considered as terror-related. The prosecutor, Damien Verheyen also denied reports that the crash involved a car being chased by police.

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22 March 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

An armed man on board a northbound Greyhound bus in the Atlanta area caused traffic to be delayed in both directions and fear among fellow passengers on 22 March. Greyhound said the bus was bound for New York City. The man was described as being in a “behavioral health crisis” and pulled out a gun on the bus. The driver of the bus then stopped the vehicle and exited it. Other passengers were also able to get out through a window. No hostages were taken. A SWAT team from Gwinnet County, Georgia responded to the incident, blocked traffic in both directions and eventually entered the bus. They were able to take the man into custody. Traffic was blocked for four hours causing huge delays in the area.

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10 June 2022: Wilmington, Delaware

The Delaware State Police are investigating the carjacking of an armored truck that took place on Maryland Avenue in the Wilmington area. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2022, when the carjacking of a Garda armored truck occurred at Pabian Properties located at 101 N. Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, Del. The initial investigation revealed that a male suspect disguised in a Garda uniform assaulted two female employees as they exited the business. The suspect displayed a handgun and was able disarm one of the two female victims. The suspect also used a stun gun against the victim prior to him fleeing in the Garda Truck. The suspect drove the stolen truck to the area of Mansion Road and Mary Street, where he removed an undisclosed amount of cash and abandoned it. The suspect then fled the area in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a black male approximately 6’ tall, 170 lbs., wearing a mask, and a dark blue Garda uniform. The victim sustained minor injuries during the incident. There are no surveillance images available at this time.

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29 March 2022: Texas/Mexico Border

Federal agents discovered $715,000 worth of cocaine at the U. S.-Mexico border, the according to U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB). The drugs were intercepted on at Hidalgo International Bridge, a major crossing of the Rio Grande between Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. An officer referred the vehicle for further inspection which included utilizing non-intrusive inspection equipment. After physically inspecting the vehicle, officers discovered 37 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 92.72 pounds (42.06 kg) concealed within the vehicle. CBP OFO seized the narcotics and vehicle, and the case remains under investigation by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).

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26 March 2022: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Interstate 81, approximately 50 miles northeast of Harrisburg, Penn., was shut down on Saturday, March 26, after a crash involving dozens of cars injured multiple people, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Although multiple people reported injuries, fortunately no life-threatening injuries were reported. Snowy winter weather was blamed reducing visibility and causing drivers in the northbound lanes to slip. Rescuers worked to clear the extensive wreckage from the interstate and the state police confirmed there were fatalities. A police statement said the lanes involved would be closed for six to eight hours. Vehicles caught fire, 24 were injured and taken to four different area hospitals.

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11 June 2022: Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Thirty-one people found inside a U-haul were arrested after police were alerted to the group by a concerned citizen. That person observed the group loading into a U-haul with masks and shields. The concerned citizen stated the group “looked like a little army.” The police pulled the vehicle over and discovered the group in the back of the U-haul. A gay pride event was taking place in Coeur D’Alene. The group were all dressed in khakis, with navy blue shirts, beige hats, and a white cloth covering their faces. The Police Chief said all 31 people were arrested on charges of conspiracy to riot. The individuals came from 11 different states.

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27 April 2022: Lake Jessup, Florida

An 11-foot alligator blocked a road in Florida when it wandered onto Florida State Road 417 and held up traffic for an hour. Bob Kealing, public information administrator for the local sheriff’s office said the gator likely came from Lake Jesup, which is “quite the gator-populated lake.” Media and law enforcement spreaed the word on the 11-foot “causing quite a jam!” the sherrif’s office said on Twitter.

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8 June 2022: Berlin, Germany

A German-Armenian man, 29, was arrested after driving into crowds in Berlin in what appears to be a vehicle ramming attack. One person died and more than 30 others were injured when the man, named only at Gor H., rammed shoppers. The person killed was a teacher out for a field trip with students, who were among the injured. The man drove the car onto the sidewalk twice. An investigator stated: “(This was) by no means an accident – someone on the rampage, an ice-cold killer.” One eyewitness said: “He drove at full throttle. At no point did he slow down.” Witnesses helped apprehend and hold him down until police arrived, after he plowed the car into a shop.

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11 June 2022: Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Police Department investigating a traffic collision that involved nine pedestrians in Rampart Area. A male driver who was driving a black 2001 Ford F150 truck, for an unknown reason, drove on the sidewalk crashing into several street vendor stands and pedestrians, which included two children, at the northeast corner of Alvarado Street and Wilshire Boulevard. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene. The driver, a passenger, and all the pedestrians had minor injuries. However, the driver, passenger, one male pedestrian, three female pedestrians, a female 8-year-old child, and a male 8-year-old child were transported for precautionary reasons to local hospitals.