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Stupid is as stupid does...

A large number of deaths are attributed each year to distracted driving in the United States. Many drivers are too busy texting, making phone calls, or reading (among other things) while driving their cars. If you listen to some people in Washington, the answer to fixing such driving stupidity are even more safety mandates.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants collision-avoidance technology such as forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control, and automatic braking on every car sold in the U.S. These technologies are already available as options on many luxury cars currently on the market.

The problem on the consumer end of things is that these safety features are included in options packages that add $1,000 or more to the price of the vehicle. Automotive manufacturers oppose the NTSB because the added costs would spread to even the most basic automobiles on the market instead of being relegated to more expensive vehicles where buyers are more willing to fork over the money.
However, the NTSB believes that this sort of technology can help drivers improve reaction times and avoid crashes.

According to the NHTSA, systems such as the ones it's recommending would make a significant impact on reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. Accidents caused by distracted drivers account for 60% of highway fatalities.

"We have a chance to take a big bite into that figure," NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said.

Source: Detroit News

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RE: DUmb
By marvdmartian on 11/15/2012 1:50:30 PM , Rating: 2
How about, we stop making the issuance of a driver's license into a money maker for the states (licence fees, fees for auto titles, auto registrations, taxes collected for car sales, auto insurance company business taxes, etc), and turn it back into what it used to be....a reward for being a responsible and talented driver?

Seriously, if you look at the vast majority of dunderheads on the road these days, you have to wonder how they got their license!

RE: DUmb
By Ammohunt on 11/15/2012 3:56:44 PM , Rating: 2
Although I am hesitant to advocate anything the Europeans do but one thing I feel they have correct is the issuance of motor vehicle licenses. Its and expensive and laborious affair costing multiple thousands of dollars and if I remember correctly many hours of training and probation periods in Switzerland and Germany at least. I drive 130 miles a day and the fact is some people should not be driving..

RE: DUmb
By JediJeb on 11/15/2012 4:33:14 PM , Rating: 2
Finland even requires multiple driving sessions on a wet skid pad to prove you have the skills to handle a car even in those conditions before you can get your license. My dad made me drive in rain, snow and heavy traffic before he would allow me to get my license, and it was for the better. Of course I had been driving since I was 12 so I had plenty of experience before hand, most of that was driving farm trucks in fields and gravel roads, but I knew how vehicles handled before taking it on the streets.

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