Cars On Runways – Unsafe At Any Speed


Just a day after five teenagers were killed while speeding down a runway in a BMW at a private Florida airport, a woman was arrested for allegedly driving drunk on a runway at Grand Junction Regional Airport, in Colorado. The 36-year-old woman was found by police just after 3 a.m., when her car got stuck. “The vehicle was high-centered on electrical conduits and the wheels spun as she applied the accelerator,” the officer wrote in an arrest affidavit, according to the Vail Daily. Police at the scene contacted air traffic controllers, who said there were no inbound aircraft. The woman reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, second-degree trespassing and careless driving, according to the Vail Daily. Meanwhile, investigators in Florida said the 18-year-old driver of the BMW had gone online hours before the crash, seeking advice about how to handle the car at high speeds.

One member of the online forum responded that “an 18 year old behind the wheel of an M5 is what accidents are made of IMO.” The $80,000 BMW M-5 sedan has a top speed of 155 mph, according to the BMW Web site.