Big government is LOOKING out for you

Posted: April 30, 2008 in Politics

“I’m just glad the government is keeping me safe…You don’t have to worry about me anymore, Hank. The government is doing that now.” (Bill Dauterive–Character on the animated show King of The Hill)

When hybrids first hit the market some time ago, part of the list of selling point besides low fuel consumption and being better for the environment was its quiet operational noise (not a contributor to noise pollution). Well apparently some members of the blind population have been having some difficulty hearing these vehicles as they cross the street.

Quiet Hybrid Cars Cause Concerns For Safety Of Blind

news4jax.com

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Many people would think the less noisy a car is, the better. However, that’s not the case for people who rely on sound to get around safely.

The National Federation of the Blind and a local congressman agree that nearly silent hybrid cars may be a hazard because the cars’ electric-gas engines make the vehicles so quiet they’re almost undetectable to someone who can’t see them.

Now, many people are pushing for a change to hybrids.

[…]

However, the latest craze in cars doesn’t make much noise. That’s why Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., has drafted legislation that would change the way hybrids sound.

“I think it’s worth looking into because there are so many people who cross streets and depend on their hearing,” Stearms said.

The proposed bill would include a two-year study of hybrids and industry leaders would have a say in what changes are made. Then, carmakers would be required to put a device on hybrids that would make them loud enough for blind pedestrians to hear. (more…)

And in 20 or so years there will be a proposal to fight against noise pollution.

Also I am very curious of just how many blind people have encountered this problem.

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