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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: Automatic Braking
By tastyratz on 11/15/2012 2:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
In Germany they have a couple simple laws which fix this. You are not allowed to pass on the right. And if you see a car approaching you from behind in your lane, you have to yield and move over to the right. It does a remarkably good job of keeping traffic flowing when there can be a 2:1 or greater difference in speed between the left-most and right-most lanes. That's the real goal here - keeping traffic flowing. Not who is driving too fast or too slow.

In the usa passing on the right is also illegal, but not often enforced. Probably because the greater issue is we do not have laws like #2 there. The passing line is for PASSING, not the "fast" lane. If we enforced a "flash to move over law" we would have far more consistant traffic patterns. Those self righteous jerks illegally driving in the passing lane and at the same or slower speeds compared to the other lanes cause just as many accidents as the people who are forced to resort to illegal or aggressive tactics if they want to get around them. Ironically the more aggressive drivers tend to also be more attentive than the rest of the lemmings.

RE: Automatic Braking
By boeush on 11/15/2012 2:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
The passing line is for PASSING, not the "fast" lane.

It's more complicated than that, because it varies state by state. For instance, see here:

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