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January 22, 2009

Red-light behavior

Amy Brown (1/19, Letters) wonders why cars stop a length or two behind the car in front of them at red lights. The reason I do this is to avoid a multi-car accident should I be rear-ended at the light.

If I were on the tail of the car in front of me and was rear-ended, I would be pushed into the car ahead of me (making that accident my fault) and probably ticketed for being too close.

It’s a safety issue, the same way tailgating is dangerous while moving. Being too close to the car in front of you at a light can be dangerous.

On another safety topic: Please, please, please, people, use your blinkers. Not only is it the law, but it allows those of us without psychic powers to know what you are planning to do with your 2,000-plus pound vehicle. Thank you.

Kim Bauer
Kansas City

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Actually TinaG there is a law about how loud your music can be, it's just seldom enforced. When some wannabe show off thug wants to drive through residential neighbirhoods and disrupt the peace, they should be reprimanded. It's ignorant and part of the phony hip hop social disorder.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Government is in certain areas of our lives, we have to have governence or we would have total chaos. I am making a point, if government can mandate and force people to pay for other peoples standard of lvinig and lack of fiscal discipline then why not for the sake of public safety, not allow vehcile to even achieve speeds of more than 75mph. Give me one good reason someone should be driving that fast?

TinaMcG

"On another safety topic: Please, please, please, people, use your blinkers. Not only is it the law, but it allows those of us without psychic powers to know what you are planning to do with your 2,000-plus pound vehicle. Thank you."

I'll send you my husband's email address and YOU can remind him to use his signals, because he sure doesn't listen to ME.

solomon

One day the gov't is too much in our business and the next you want them to mandate how fast we can move.

TinaMcG

"Vehicle manufcaturers should be mandated to implement technology that will maximize a vehciles speed to 75mph and no faster."

Wow, talk about government interference in peoples' lives. Are you kidding? And while we're at it, let's pass legislation that limits the volume of music systems in vehicles. Let's outlaw sub-woofers, shall we?

As much as I dislike boom cars and reckless drivers, I don't want the government dictating these types of limits. I'll settle for crash-test and fuel efficiency standards.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

No-fault laws or not, drivers should utilize technology called blnikers.
Municipalities could save a ton of revenue by simply removing and doing away with speed limit signs, many simply disobey and drive as fast as they think they are enitlted to drive with total disregard for other peoples safety or the law. Vehicle manufcaturers should be mandated to implement technology that will maximize a vehciles speed to 75mph and no faster.

TinaMcG

The letter makes sense and it reminds me of a near accident I almost had a long time ago. I had just exited a highway and was at the red light at the bottom of the exit ramp, with plenty of room between my car and the one ahead of me. I glanced into my rearview mirror and saw a red TR-7 bearing down on me at high speed. So I was able to swerve over onto the shoulder, and the TR-7 came to a screeeeeeeeching stop about a centimeter away from the bumper of the car that had been in front of me.

So Ms. Bauer and I must be of the same mind -- that every other driver on the road is either distracted or an idiot.

Marctnts

"...and probably ticketed for being too close."

There is absolutely NOTHING in the driving regs about "sitting idle too close to the vehicle in front of you", and as such, you WOULD NOT be ticketed in a multiple rear-ender for such an offence.

Both Missouri and Kansas have "no-fault" statutes on the books, which allow officers to withhold a determination of responsibility, which basically assigns each driver to take care of their own car.

 
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