Police Track Reckless Driver on YouTube
| by AP |
Police took up pursuit in cyberspace after a young Norwegian posted on the Internet video of his wild car driving. Following an electronic trail that he left online, police caught him and slapped him with real-life fine $1,300.
The Norwegian, identified only as a man in his early 20s, posted the video called ''Driving in Norway'' on Google Inc.'s popular video-sharing site YouTube. The recording showed the car's speedometer hitting up to 150 miles — 240 kilometers — per hour on a public highway near Oslo.
''We're touching 240,'' a voice could be heard saying. ''We know it will do it. This is a little nice.''
The video was removed from the Web site after it made national news in Norway last week.
Police said they could prove only that the man had driven an average of 86 miles per hour and based the fine, which the motorist accepted, on that speed. Norway's speed limit is as high as 62 miles per hour, though lower on most roads.
''It is disturbing that young people test high speeds on highways like that, and then, on top of it, use the Net to boast about the misdeed afterward,'' said Morten Hassel of the district police's traffic unit.
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