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article imageFacebook evidence results in driver and passengers being charged

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 12, 2010 in Crime
Acre - An Israeli driver and two passengers face charges after a video posted on Facebook showed them travelling at 260 kmh (161 mph).
The driver is shown taking his hands off the wheel and applauding as the two passengers shout out encouragement. He turns off the headlights at one point and calls out that he is going to hit a wall.
The speed limit along the area of the Tel Aviv-Haifa coastal road where they are travelling is 90km (45mph).
The video was posted online in August and the driver and the two passengers, who are all from Acre, were charged by the Acre Traffic Court on October 12.
The Jerusalem Post reported that the driver has been charged with negligent driving and endangering human life, while the passengers face charges of encouraging negligent driving and endangerment of human life.
This is the first time that charges have been laid against anyone in Israel because of a video on Facebook.
After the video was broadcast by Channel 2, one of the passengers told the TV station that the speedometer was stuck on 260 and that the BMW sports car was travelling much slower than it appeared.
Image from video posted on Facebook
Image from video posted on Facebook
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