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"America's Worst Driver" set to air on Travel Channel

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We know some habitually bad drivers, and we're guessing you do too. Problem is, there isn't much we can do to keep them off the road until their license is taken away. Thanks to a new show on Travel Channel, we at least have an opportunity to humiliate them, or perhaps more.

The new program, called "America's Worst Driver," airs Sunday night at 10 PM Eastern and Pacific Time and is hosted by Last Comic Standing Season 3 winner Alonzo Bodden. It looks for the four worst drivers from a city, as nominated by their friends and family, to compete for the dubious title. But there is more than a mean moniker at stake here, folks. The loser from each city, or the worst of the chronically bad lot, will have his or her car crushed (by Carasaurus no less) and replaced with a bicycle and a bus pass. Ouch. The "loser" from each city visited by the show will also be flown to Los Angeles to compete for the title of "America's Worst Driver." The finalists will then compete against one another for the chance to win a new car. Hopefully that vehicle will have plenty of air bags.

The new show has reportedly already shot episodes in New York, Miami, Dallas, Chicago and San Francisco, and the competition reportedly includes a closed course driving test graded by a real live police officer. We don't know about you, but we wouldn't go on any show where there is a one in four chance of having our vehicle crushed. But if we were so bad at driving that we failed a worst driver competition, maybe it would be for the best.

[source: Travel Channel via Kicking Tires]

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I love how the winner(loser) gets their car crushed. That'll teach them to not be such dumb $h!s much better than a ticket will.

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Most of the people who've been on Canada's Worst Driver haven't had cars I would cry about crushing. They're usually cheap and, in a lot of cases, very dented and scratched. If you're always hitting things, why buy a nice car?

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Wait... so the worst of the worst drivers go to compete and the "winner" gets a new car? Essentially they are gambling their old car to get a new car? How do they determine the winner? Who sucks the most or who sucks the least? Because if they're looking for the "worst" driver around, then certainly people will purposefully drive as poorly as possible for a chance to get the new car, essentially making the show another pointless reality TV show that is mostly staged, at best.

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I don't know exactly how this setup will work - Canada's worst driver is simpler. Eight drivers start in one competition, and everybody but the "winner" (worst driver) gets their car back. "Winning" is not a desirable outcome.

Contestants of CWD5:

* Mike Butt, 28, from Regina, Saskatchewan, has had 11 vehicles in the past 12 years, and has asked others to drive cars in reverse for him. His brother-in-law Jody (spelled Jodie on the show) is the only one in his family who believes driving skill is not hereditary, and he is willing to go into rehab with Mike to prove his point. His current car is a beat-up Buick Century.

* Melissa Cook, 32, from Saint John, New Brunswick, has only been licensed for nine months. Her problems are twofold: one is that she has never had formal driver's education, and it shows when she constantly drives 20 km/h under the speed limit. The other is her common-law husband and nominator Wil Fawcett, who verbally abuses her when she is driving. She drives a Pontiac Grand Prix.

* Crystal Hubley Farao, 46, from Windsor, Ontario, has had 11 reported major accidents on the road, including one occasion in which she caused $15,000 damage in her car, only to cause another major accident in a rental car while her car was being replaced. Though she has been nominated by eight separate people, a record for the series, her sister-in-law Theresa Farao will accompany her into rehab. She drives a Pontiac G6 GT Convertible.

* Father Giles Joly, 56, from Richmond, Ontario, is a Roman Catholic priest who is too conservative on the road: on major highways, he has only driven the full 120 km/h limit once in his lifetime. His brother Guy Joly wants him in rehab to help him get more confidence. He drives a Ford Freestar.

* JoJo Kopty, 19, from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, is on the limit of her demerit points: in her two years licensed, she's had 13 accidents, including backing her mother's car into her father's car. Her friend Nima wants her in rehab to avoid another episode where the two were hospitalized as a result of an accident. JoJo drives a Honda Civic.

* Angelina Marcantognini, 26, from Sudbury, Ontario, a recently licensed "stay at home girlfriend" who has had many fender benders. Her friend Christine Latondress Andrews wants her in rehab for her own good; her unsafe driving has led her to drive when the two are going out together. She drives a Pontiac Sunfire.

* Jakob Poirer, 25, from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is a punk rocker whose road rage has led to 12 major accidents in 9 years. When on tour, his band, "Slaveclass", no longer allows him to drive. He has been nominated by his girlfriend Stacey Fitzsimmons. He drives a Chevrolet Blazer.

* Arun Suryanarayanan, 25, from Windsor, Ontario, is an immigrant from Mumbai who has yet to be accustomed to the rules of driving on Canadian roads. His wife Sanah Shaheen wants him in rehab to get rid of his habit of driving in the middle of two lanes and taking up two parking spots when parking. He drives a Pontiac Grand Am.

Lots of GM there...

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I don't know exactly how this setup will work - Canada's worst driver is simpler. Eight drivers start in one competition, and everybody but the "winner" (worst driver) gets their car back. "Winning" is not a desirable outcome.

Contestants of CWD5:

* Mike Butt, 28, from Regina, Saskatchewan, has had 11 vehicles in the past 12 years, and has asked others to drive cars in reverse for him. His brother-in-law Jody (spelled Jodie on the show) is the only one in his family who believes driving skill is not hereditary, and he is willing to go into rehab with Mike to prove his point. His current car is a beat-up Buick Century.

* Melissa Cook, 32, from Saint John, New Brunswick, has only been licensed for nine months. Her problems are twofold: one is that she has never had formal driver's education, and it shows when she constantly drives 20 km/h under the speed limit. The other is her common-law husband and nominator Wil Fawcett, who verbally abuses her when she is driving. She drives a Pontiac Grand Prix.

* Crystal Hubley Farao, 46, from Windsor, Ontario, has had 11 reported major accidents on the road, including one occasion in which she caused $15,000 damage in her car, only to cause another major accident in a rental car while her car was being replaced. Though she has been nominated by eight separate people, a record for the series, her sister-in-law Theresa Farao will accompany her into rehab. She drives a Pontiac G6 GT Convertible.

* Father Giles Joly, 56, from Richmond, Ontario, is a Roman Catholic priest who is too conservative on the road: on major highways, he has only driven the full 120 km/h limit once in his lifetime. His brother Guy Joly wants him in rehab to help him get more confidence. He drives a Ford Freestar.

* JoJo Kopty, 19, from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, is on the limit of her demerit points: in her two years licensed, she's had 13 accidents, including backing her mother's car into her father's car. Her friend Nima wants her in rehab to avoid another episode where the two were hospitalized as a result of an accident. JoJo drives a Honda Civic.

* Angelina Marcantognini, 26, from Sudbury, Ontario, a recently licensed "stay at home girlfriend" who has had many fender benders. Her friend Christine Latondress Andrews wants her in rehab for her own good; her unsafe driving has led her to drive when the two are going out together. She drives a Pontiac Sunfire.

* Jakob Poirer, 25, from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is a punk rocker whose road rage has led to 12 major accidents in 9 years. When on tour, his band, "Slaveclass", no longer allows him to drive. He has been nominated by his girlfriend Stacey Fitzsimmons. He drives a Chevrolet Blazer.

* Arun Suryanarayanan, 25, from Windsor, Ontario, is an immigrant from Mumbai who has yet to be accustomed to the rules of driving on Canadian roads. His wife Sanah Shaheen wants him in rehab to get rid of his habit of driving in the middle of two lanes and taking up two parking spots when parking. He drives a Pontiac Grand Am.

Lots of GM there...

I saw this trend.

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One of the contestants on CWD2 was especially funny to watch - he won the online NASCAR championship:

Sean McConnell, 43 and licensed for 27 years, from Stratford, Ontario, is a champion video game racecar driver, having won an online competition, but uses the same techniques he uses while playing the game when driving in real life. He believes that he is safer by driving above the speed limit as it keeps him away from other bad drivers, and treats every stop as the start of a race. He is nominated by his niece Melena. He drives a Chevrolet Cavalier Z24.

I've noticed that the people who do the worst are the people who have the wrong attitude, not those who simply don't have skills. Those who are mad at the world or afraid of it are truly the most dangerous drivers.

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"That'll teach them to not be such dumb $h!s"

Think of what kind of "dumb $h!s" they are for being on the show.

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I think after competing they should all be forced to undergo some sort of "don't drive like an idiot" training program that they must pass in order to drive again. Something tougher than the pathetic license tests we have now.

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EXCITEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fine, I'll just do it for you.

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I think after competing they should all be forced to undergo some sort of "don't drive like an idiot" training program that they must pass in order to drive again. Something tougher than the pathetic license tests we have now.

The whole show is a driver training program. Those who get to leave are said to have "graduated".

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One of the contestants on CWD2 was especially funny to watch - he won the online NASCAR championship:

Sean McConnell, 43 and licensed for 27 years, from Stratford, Ontario, is a champion video game racecar driver, having won an online competition, but uses the same techniques he uses while playing the game when driving in real life. He believes that he is safer by driving above the speed limit as it keeps him away from other bad drivers, and treats every stop as the start of a race. He is nominated by his niece Melena. He drives a Chevrolet Cavalier Z24.

I've noticed that the people who do the worst are the people who have the wrong attitude, not those who simply don't have skills. Those who are mad at the world or afraid of it are truly the most dangerous drivers.

My favorite CWD candidate has to be Shelby from Season 3

"Awwww Shoot"

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The guy who won/lost last night was nominated for driving like a pansy.

It showed.

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