NTSB Wants New Safety Systems in All Vehicles to Reduce Distracted Driving Deaths
November 15, 2012 8:49 AM
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Stupid is as stupid does...
A large number of deaths are attributed each year to
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.
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RE: The Real Problem
11/16/2012 11:44:52 AM
I agree that those things should be ticketed, but it is tough, and police budgets are already slim, so adding a bunch more officers to monitor for these and spend their time in court is expensive.
Another issue (that I have noticed) is that since tickets are much more punitive to those with lower income, I think tickets should be based off the value of your car. If you drive a 100k automobile, you should be fined accordingly. I see so many expensive cars driving like a-holes just because they don't care about a $50 ticket. Start giving them $5k tickets and they might start caring.
I also think that speed / red light cameras are a good way to help with this to keep the cops from needing to do this. Ramp them up, start putting them everywhere. The problem is they get fought by the very people that would get tagged all the time, and then dumped.
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