The Alternate Route

Man fights speeding ticket by claiming officer clocked running deer, not his car

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I'm starting to think that my plan to get away with shoplifting by blaming it on my 6-month-old baby might be less than iron-clad.

The Newburyport Daily News reports that after being caught speeding in November, Haverhill man Dennis Sayers attempted to fight the $105 ticket by claiming that the officer who clocked him going 40 mph in 30 mph zone was actually reading a deer:

Tostitos 'Party Safe' bag doubles as a breathalyzer - but not really, so don't use it for that

Just in time for the Super Bowl, Tostitos is releasing a limited-edition "Party Safe" bag that can detect if you have alcohol on your breath when you blow into the bag. If a light at the bottom of the bag turns green, no alcohol is detected, but keep in mind that it's a chip bag. If the bag does detect alcohol, the light flashes red and displays a "don’t drink and drive" message along the bottom.

Accident Data Center's Favorite, Safest, Eco-Friendliest Child Car Seat

When you're a new mom or dad, buying a car seat for your baby is a Big Deal. When you read and write about fatal car crashes all day long, buying a child safety car seat is an Existential Crisis. But, you'll be glad to know that I survived my quest to find a seat I feel great about putting my toddler in. In the interest of saving you some time and anguish, I will now reveal Accident Data Center's favorite child safety car seat on the market. Now you can have the benefit of research from a highly paranoid safety writer without having to log thousands of incidents of death and loss. Yay?

Giant spool of wire falls off truck, rolls down Pennsylvania highway (VIDEO)

Yesterday morning in Fayette County, in a scene that is shockingly not from a Japanese game show, a giant spool of wire fell off a truck and began rolling down Route 40. Motorists on the highway near Uniontown pulled off to the shoulder in what appears to be calm fashion, although we can't hear the terrifiend screams of people inside the cars, so we can't know for sure.

Kitten travels nearly 600 miles under pickup hood

This story is so much better than when my husband told me last week, "The mice keep building nests in here," while we were in our car, hurtling down an interstate highway at 70 mph and I had no choice but to stay inside the vehicle. If you think that kittens > lots and lots of swarming mice, then you're in for a treat!