Tuesday, March 23, 2004

The Public Policy Corner

Drunk Driving and Drowsiness
Traffic fatalities are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States. As a society, we have made great strides in reducing drunk driving. Here's an article that discusses giving repeat DUI drivers distinctive license plates.

Drunk driving has not been eliminated, but it has been reduced. Driver's education should also focus on driver drowsiness issues. AAA's drowsiness tips can be found here.

Sport Utility Vehicles
I think all SUV's and minivans ought to come equipped with rollbars as well. That would reduce rollover deaths.

I would ban the massive battering-ram style bumper-guards on SUVs in cities. They just cause more intrusion into the passenger cabins of cars during accidents. These bumper-guards are only popular because they give an SUV that urban assault vehicle look.

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