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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Hybrids: The Quiet Killers

Posted by on March 21 at 11:55 AM

“Just because drivers are supposed to stop or swerve or yield doesn’t guarantee they will.”

(Thanks to Christian at 2045 Seattle.)

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just because the sign says don't walk, doesn't mean you won't.

and since so many people are wearing ipod earbuds, do they hear noisy cars anyway?

is there a study on the impact of earbuds and not being able to hear on comming cars?

and what, are all these people blind??

people are idiots.

sshhh--be vewy quiet--we're dwiving hybwids.

elmer and bugs could do this routine.

as a hybrid driver, i blame the bicyclists.

I blame the cell phones.

HELEN THOMAS: I’d like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to purchase a hybrid car has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to purchase a hybrid car? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet — your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth — what was your real reason? You have said it wasn’t oil — quest for oil, it hasn’t been Israel, or anything else. What was it?

i blame the gays. isn't it always their fault? ;)

See? SEE? There you go!

I'm buying a Hummer. Safer for pedestrians.

nobody has blamed the jews yet?

The world is a dangerous place.

Someone somewhere came up with the argument that hybrids will actually decrease cities' abilities to reconstruct roads, as hybrids will use less gas, thus making states less in gas taxes, but will put the same wear and tear on our highways, if not more because the greater gas mileage can mean more driving. It's likely it will accelerate road damage while decelerating progress on road maintenance and construction due to diminished funds.

Great, so no increase fuel efficiency standards either? That argument against hybrids is ridiculous. The first time I heard it, it came from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a collection of businesses who refuse to pay their own taxes and then whine when hybrid drivers get out of paying gas taxes.

The real solution to the problem of quiet hybrids is for everyone to pay attention. As a driver, I've seen many pedestrians wander into the street without paying attention. As a pedestrian, I've almost gotten hit many times, especially in this city. Of course, clueless pedestrians are only a threat to themselves. Clueless drivers are a threat to everyone.

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