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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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By KITH on 11/15/2012 1:59:06 PM , Rating: 2
I think these systems are great and I'm sure they do save lives. However, requiring them on all vehicles isn't going to help avoid accidents for the people riding the bus because they could no longer afford purchasing a car.

RE: Expense
By boeush on 11/15/2012 2:42:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well actually, riding a bus is much safer than driving a car :-P

RE: Expense
By Ringold on 11/15/2012 4:11:22 PM , Rating: 2
because they could no longer afford purchasing a car.

Call me cynical, but I think that's the point. There's a few things hippies love in this country, and mass transportation is one of them. So I see the constant stream of new and more stringent safety and fuel economy requirements as a smoke screen to slowly boost car prices to the point where car ownership falls away. One step closer to what they imagine utopia looks like in their head.

RE: Expense
By JediJeb on 11/15/2012 4:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
Fine and good where it is practical but out where I live, there is no public transportation and it would be silly to try to implement it. That is something those people who rabidly advocate getting rid of personal vehicles never take into consideration.

RE: Expense
By Omega215D on 11/16/2012 9:37:02 AM , Rating: 2
It's not even all that practical in NYC where our transit system is heavily used 24/7. The scheduling is terrible and sometimes the bus or train gets so crowded that you end up waiting for another, only sometimes the next one won't be along for another 5 - 20 minutes. Just yesterday I was waiting for a bus on a fairly busy route in Queens, NY and the schedule stated that 3 buses were to come within 3 minutes of each other only to witness two buses arriving terribly crowded 25 minutes later.

Bloomberg is an idiot who needs to be punched as he and his cronies made driving a bit more difficult in NYC and the outer boroughs, stating that we all should be taking mass transit. Outside of Manhattan it's quite often terribly inefficient. Not to mention a transit pass will only increase in price for the privilege.


RE: Expense
By hifloor on 11/22/2012 3:50:43 AM , Rating: 2
It's not that you're cynical, it's that you're being an idiot. Where are these hippies with all this power you imagine? Odds are best this will turn out to be a dead in the water idea from the start.

You're forgetting who really runs the country - huge corporations. If we don't all have cars, if not gigantic SUVs, how are we going to run to MegaMart to buy more useless crap?

You're living in some sort of fantasy world if you think hippies (by that I mean people who are actually politically leftist, not the Democratic party we have now) have any power whatsoever.

"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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