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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 JediJeb on 11/15/2012 4:48:28 PM , Rating: 2
I don't mind letting people in front of me usually. The ones that really get me hot are the ones that will pass me like I am sitting still then 100 yards ahead slam on the breaks and make a right hand turn! They could have just as easily slowed down behind and waited maybe two seconds more and made the turn with out having to make me slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them as they cut in front of me to turn.

The other people that irk me to no end are the ones where when you see a sign for road construction that clearly says, "One lane road ahead, merge now" and they run up beside a long line of vehicles and try to get people to let them in.

RE: Automatic Braking
By Rukkian on 11/16/2012 12:26:24 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, but im old age have learned to back off more, as I do not go over the speed limit for the most part, and typically leave extra room in front of me (3-4 seconds) for the idiots that feel it is daytona instead of a shared roadway.

As for the construction, some states have figured out a nice solution to this. I used to live in minnesota and they instituted the "zipper merge" several years ago, telling everybody to fill in both lanes when it is going down to one until the end, then take turns. This takes away the opportunity for the aholes to run up ahead of everybody, and actually keeps traffic flowing much better through those zones.

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