Budgie said:Please ---- Do Not Get Me Started !!!!!!
Read Chapter 6 of "The Elephant in the Bedroom" by Hart and Spivak.
Zoning Goddess said:Doesn't an Explorer only seat 5? Makes me think that maybe nobody was in seat belts in this one. Another boneheaded thing people do, and their kids pay the price.
Tranplanner said:Sounds to me it wouldn't have mattered what type of vehicle was being driven - the driver was just an idiot.
Seabishop said:The driver didn't have a licence since 1998 and was doing 90 mph in the breakdown lane. The kids didn't have car seats either. She and her friend were excited to meet a man they met on the internet..
michaelskis said:An SUV accident... stupid SUVs... it should have known better than to be doing 90...
Have you ever noticed how things like this sound like they are blamed on the SUV and not the driver. It bothers me. BUT OH NO... if they where in Ford Taurus Station Wagon they would have all lived.
Stupid people to stupid things no matter what they drive. I feel bad for the kids and the other two passengers. They where the victims here.
It is like that T shirt... “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” “SUVs don’t kill people, bad drivers and stupid people kill people!”
michaelskis said:It is like that T shirt... “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” “SUVs don’t kill people, bad drivers and stupid people kill people!”
Super Amputee Cat said:Yes, but if you are hit broadside or head-on by an SUV you are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured than the same circumstances with another passenger car. This is due to the sheer weight of the SUV and something called "Bumper Height Differential".
Super Amputee Cat said:... Had these people been in a Taurus or even a minivan, there's no way they'd be doing 90 in the breakdown lane.
giff57 said:and don't forget all SUVs are not that big....
Would you rather get hit by:
This (Suzuki mini-SUV)
Or this (Caddy lowrider)
michaelskis said:You do make a valad point. But I also wonder about lager trucks, buses and Simi trucks. They all tend to have high bumpers.
SUVs are not new. GM has had the suburbian for a while. I also think that I rather get hit by something like a Trail Blazer or an Explorer than a 68' caddy.
Jen said:This sad story happened here a few months ago, how many stereotypes can you spot in this story?
Twentysomething blonde nanny driving her employers Hummer talking on her cell phone runs a red light and broadsides a full size SUV. Kills the boy in the passenger seat, but his mom is fine, the nanny and her young charge are uninjured. She's facing charges of negligent homicide and has several speeding tickets on her record already.
Floridays said:What about the impact on gas prices?
An article in today's Detroit Free Press quotes:
Like it or not, we're burning more gas than ever. Consumption has jumped nearly 24 percent since 1990. And the government says we're on track to burn another 48 percent by 2025.
Sure, there are more vehicles on the road. Between 1990 and 2001, the number of registered vehicles grew about 22 percent, according to the federal government. And the miles those vehicles traveled jumped 29 percent.
But the biggest reason consumption has risen so sharply -- after growing at a much slower pace in preceding years -- is parked in many of our driveways: The number of light trucks, especially SUVs, has spiked in the past several years, growing about 74 percent between 1990 and 2001. And since these vehicles consume more gas than passenger cars, they're likely responsible for the record level of fuel use, experts say.
Seabishop said:There are accidents on the news just about everyday with people driving all sorts of cars stupidly. [snip] I would think people with smaller sports cars would be more apt to speed in the breakdown lane thinking they could fit.
BKM said:"Consider the man on horseback, and I have been a man on horseback for most of my life. Well, mostly he is a good man, (snip)...(snip) It will make every man a tyrant." ~R.A. Lafferty
Oi! What's this blonde discrimination about then eh?
mendelman said:This that really a true quote??
If so, it's pretty dead-on, especially the last half of the paragraph. :-\