Conversation Thread: Does the US need stricter driving regulations?
Having survived my roughly three hour commute for the past month has led me to the conclusion that the United States needs stricter regulations when it comes to operating a motor vehicle.
There is a genuine lack of care by the commuters of the nation to make sure their cars are operating and are being operated properly. I've seen people overtake people on the passenger side, people swerving in and out of traffic in everything from a 90s Corolla to a Range Rover Velar and everything in between. Nothing agitates me more than knowing the average number of brake lights I see on a car is less than three, and in several cases, less than two.
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Motor Vehicle Commission inspections on new vehicles tend to get a longer period in between them as well, meanwhile I have to run halfway across the state every two years to get my perfectly functioning car inspected. All my lights work, and most of the bolts are where they're supposed to be.
There's also the overwhelming amount of entertainment and utter nonsense that has been added into today's newest vehicles that I'm sure will only increase the number of accidents a year. 38,000 people lost their lives because of 35,000 accidents last year. Those numbers are unacceptable.
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So how do we fix this? Do automakers permanently implement more safety technologies into our cars? Safety features that can't be turned off? Do we figure out a way to disable non-vital phone features while they're in motion? What do we do, and how do we do better?
I personally think it comes down to driver's skills. There are too many drivers on the road that haven't cared about looking in the mirrors, or keeping their cars maintained, for years. In several states you get your provisional license at 17, and the only thing that keeps you on the road is a renewal fee every few years as long as you aren't a complete moron and lose your license. I think that you should have to retake your road test when you get your license renewed. Just because you passed your road test in 1975 going uphill both ways in the winter, doesn't mean that you are capable of maintaining highway speed and staying in the lanes any better than someone who's driving for the first time.
So now I turn this Conversation Thread over to you. How do you think we can make the nation, and the world safer for the millions of people that drive everyday? Comment Below.