Hit-And-Run Driver Arrested After Her Car Calls Police

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

As technology generally continues to advance, one thing you can be sure of is the criminal justice system’s use of innovative new “tools” will grow exponentially. This can be a good thing, but it can also be a very dangerous thing. Pennsylvania’s new law that permits the use of data showing whether people are “deemed likely to commit additional crimes” in criminal sentencing, is a perfect example of how an over reliance on technology can be a threat to liberty and due process.


– From the post: Pennsylvania to Become First State to Use “Precrime” Statistics in Criminal Sentencing

Welcome to the future, ladies and gentleman.

From ZDNet:

A driver allegedly involved in two hit-and-run incidents was tracked down after her car alerted the police.


As reported by local news outlets, an unusual 911 call to emergency services took place on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida. You would usually expect a human voice on the end of the line, but in this scenario, a Ford vehicle alerted the police to a collision.


57-year-old woman Cathy Bernstein allegedly hit a truck before ploughing into a van on Prima Vista Boulevard, fleeing the scene after each collision. While Bernstein allegedly ran for the hills, her car had already recorded the crash and automatically contacted 911 after recording the time and date of the collision.


The car’s safety features, used by by Ford, BMW and other automakers, make use of sensors and Internet connectivity to shave down the time emergency responders take to get to the scene of an accident.


As an example, Ford’s SYNC‘s Emergency Assistance portal pushes the car to send a direct call to emergency services when the airbag is deployed or the fuel pump is deactivated — such as when a car suffers a sudden jolt against an object.


The system also gives 911 information including the car model, time, and GPS coordinates.


Usually, this would mean that drivers involved in an accident who are knocked out or cannot reach for their phones can be assisted as quickly as possible. However, in the case of hit-and-run drivers there will be nowhere to hide — as their car may snitch on them. You are automatically linked to a record of a collision’s time, the vehicle involved — and therefore the accompanying registration details — and the location.


By 2018, every new vehicle sold within the grasp of the European Union must have this kind of emergency responder technology installed. While originally planned for 2015, despite delays, the EU says eCall emergency responder technology could save up to 2,500 lives a year.

It’s a brave new world out there.

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Usurious's picture
Usurious (not verified) Dec 13, 2015 5:10 PM

time to go back to horse and buggy........

manofthenorth's picture

I will be driving my 1989 pick-up untill the wheels fall off.

algol_dog's picture

Ha! Same here

'89 Chevy S-10. Love that freakin car.

TeamDepends's picture

'88 Saab 900 here! That sumbitch will outlast all these little homo cars.

toady's picture

This is just another version of cell phone tracking. They can already tell where you are and where you've been. They can already turn on your camera and microphone remotely. They can turn off the new cars remotely.

Makes me want to go Luddite.

Automatic Choke's picture

and the lesson is....

....when you go to commit a crime:

   - do not carry a cell phone

   - do not driive a car later than a 2005 model

   - wear a paper bag over your head

   - always ask for them to convert the take into bitcoin before you carry it away.


Do I have it all correctly?


willwork4food's picture

You forgot to mention to leave a business card with the sexy blond suggesting a cup of coffee sometime.


lincolnsteffens's picture

Yeah the paper bag is a nice touch for facial recognition but your brain function can still be scanned. I think for full protection the paper bag should be lined with aluminum foil to prevent mind reading scanners from alerting police about pre crime (I say line the bag so people don't get scared by the metal foil). All the other stuff sounds good. :-)

Adahy's picture

You should certainly consider it.
It is a quiet, peaceful life.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I've done a lot of work on SAAB 900s - about the only thing I haven't tackled is engine or transmission rebuilds. It's the best driving car I've ever seen. They have a lot of weird quirks and some things are hard to work on because the engine is installed backwards. The clutch is in the front up against the radiator and the alternator, waterpump etc. is against the firewall with very little room to work. I had to replace the flywheel/harmonic balancer in one and had to borrow the special wrench to get the nut off. This year I replaced the starter and the clutch master cylinder on the old lady's 900 along with a weird wiring problem. It only has 317,000 miles on it!

Right now the big problem is rust. Cracks are starting to show up at stress points and it probably won't pass inspection in a couple of years. Parts are getting scarce too. Let me know if you have any weird problems since I've seen or heard about all of them. 

cheeseheader's picture

I wish I had bought my buddy's mid-80's 900 turbo when he traded it in for a 528.  Man, I loved that Saab--very quick and tasty on the backroads of southern WI.


edit:  But his wife's mid 70's ragtop 'vette also made nice runs up to the Brat Stop.  How do we turn back the clock?

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

There's a lot of reasons people who drive them get hooked. The seats are great for long trips and many were heated. The wrap around aircraft style windshield gives great visibility to the driver. The turbo version surprises a lot of hot rodders at stoplight drags but it requires premium fuel and a cool down idle period if you drive it hard. The normally aspirated versions perform very well when you get the revs up but the turbo screams.

I drove a Viggen a few times a friend had until he wrecked it. Love to get one of those and keep it for special occasions.


Meatballs's picture

A little fleet of '86 Bimmers. E30's rule :)

Laowei Gweilo's picture

man and with how sure everyone on zh talks about the economy, i thought everyone here was driving jags and lambos

Nobody For President's picture

'86 Toyota small cab 8'bed pickup here. I'll keep her until she is dirt or I am, suspect she will win.

NidStyles's picture

I'm buying some more old Hondas and rebuilding them from the ground up. 

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

You guys are just scared of progress, it's a crime. You should be treated as a criminal. I do love 2003 King Ranch, everything is analog and even still has a cable connected to the throttle. Ah the good ole days.

nmewn's picture

It's all being done for your...saaayyy-f-teee ;-)

3.7.77's picture

Ever been involved in  a hit and run? 

nmewn's picture

Yes, as the perp and the victim. Problem?

toady's picture

Huh. I thought I was the only one... I usually tell those stories with a "what goes around comes around" meme.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

That didn't come across right. I was saying if you don't like progress, than you will be treated like a ciminal. I of course, don't like people who get away with crimes but this is not the solution. 

zhandax's picture

An unexpected re-assertion of rights from the Librarian of Congress; in October, he established an exemption from DCMA for hacking your car's computer. along with a few other devices...


stacking12321's picture

yes it is a crime and the driver should face the consequences of her irresponsible actions.

however, you're avoiding the point of the topic, and that is that your technological devices are being used against you by the police state, and that trend is bound to continue.

PrezTrump's picture

agreed - and i think every good ZHer does as well

PrezTrump's picture

you lack vision and imagination.

Einstein would say therefore you lack intelligence.

Tall Tom's picture

His physics is not dead.


What will live on and continue to influence the World, other than your offspring, after you have died and are gone?


Or do you lack the necessary vision and imagination in order to give an answer to that?

Adahy's picture

His physics may not be dead yet, but they are starting to take quite the beating.

WOAR's picture

Now now, just because someone is dead, doesn't mean you can use that as an ad hominem against them. That's a silly non-argument.

vollderlerby's picture

2014 Passat TDI - the one that gets 50 mpg because VW lied to the EPA?  Yeah, now have a second VERY good reason to keep that car. No internet, no nonsense.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

We have a 2015 TSI Passat. This is EXACTLY why I chose the Passat over the Fusion.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

I know. I know. Big brother. But how is this bad in this particular instance? A dangerous drunk asshole was apprehended before she killed someone. I think technology may have saved lives here.

nmewn's picture

It's how technology is "sold" to the public. In "this particular instance" everyone oooh's & awwwes over it, no harm no foul, right?

It becomes something completely different when it's another Ed Snowden trying to get the hell out of Dodge before "the good guys" (lol) get him ;-) 

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

I agree with you. I just think it's great that this fucking menace was busted. It's probably a negative overall.

nmewn's picture

Thats all I'm saying, they can't be trusted, they cannot & will not control themselves meaning "law enforcement" and at some point in the future (through all tat monitoring) a corporation WILL send you advertisements based on all that information straight to your car.

Oh how nice, you won't even be able to escape it driving ;-)

Hulk's picture

My fridge called the Doctor on me Day after Thanksgiving !!!

I think it may have been the amount of gravy I put on my Turkey samich...

cherry picker's picture

And the Doctor's stethoscope returned the fridge's call and said the Doctor is on the golf course and to call back in three days.

cherry picker's picture

You notice both you and I capitilized the D in Doctor.  We don't do it for rocket scientist, physicist, engineer and so on.  What makes a doctor special?

Tall Tom's picture

Doctor is a title....like Master....and is properly capitalized.


(I do NOT follow the rulez when I write informally in this venue.)


Physcists are Doctors of Philosophy.

Engeneers are as well.


Doctors of Medicine generally do not have a specialized desccription (unless we denote a specialty as neurologist or cardiologist, or, etc.)


So we just refer to them as Doctor and it is understood that we are writing about Doctors of Medicine.

Hulk's picture

Never had an engineer stick his/her finger up my ass, so that makes my Doctor very special !!!

Proctologist's picture

If he's a halfway decent doctor, he actually does something, unlike the rest of the gang in the health services business.

The problem is most Doctors have been reduced to pill pushers these days.

You'll never catch me capitalizing the "I" in insurance agent.

GeezerGeek's picture

I think it was 1974 when the Feds mandated the seatbelt ignition interlock, whereby a car could not be started if the seatbelts of front seat passengers were not in use. A heavy bag of groceries often had to be strapped in to allow a car to start. Before popular opinion forced the termination of that inanity, many ways of bypassing the interlock were devised. I see something similar happening if cars become too "connected". We already know that anything with a computer that can communicate via RF is vulnerable. Cars have been hijacked, smart tvs have been hijacked, smartpnones have been hijacked...I suspect that a cottage industry of programmers will arise to correct these types of "features" if the burden proves onerous.

Or, you could just whack that dorsal-fin-like antenna off the top of your new BMW with a hammer.


cheeseheader's picture

Or, you could just whack that dorsal-fin-like antenna off the top of your new BMW with a hammer.


Holy cow, I was just thinking about that earlier today out on road.  I'm halfway to Luddite-dom.  Last to go will be this laptop.

Flagit's picture

Without looking at a schematic, I would think pulling a fuse would do the trick. Likely a board with a 3g chip.


A Nanny Moose's picture

Good technology would have prevented this individual from driving in the first place. Better tech would have called Uber for the drive home.

No need to even involve the fucking revenuers.