If you have driven a car in the last few months you have probably noticed the alarming number of crashes involving motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. This past weekend there was a Smart Car that hit and ran over a motorcyclist on Mopac in Friday traffic. In the 4900 block of 2222 on Saturday July 13, 2013 around 8:30 pm another serious motorcycle crash. Crash statistics on motorcycle accidents in Austin seem relentlessly on the rise yet last year’s studies indicated motorcycle crash statistics in Austin, Texas were slowing down. The constant and agonizing question is how to reduce these incidents. Is Google car the answer? Can Google glass alert drivers of impending doom at a lesser price than buying the car? Can we force auto manufacturers through legislation to address this issue with sensors? Wait? What? More regulation?
Yes, I said it. More regulation. Cars and trucks can be equipped with sensors very inexpensively. The cost of lives, lawsuits and healthcare for serious and catastrophic injuries would slow to such a grinding halt I am nearly certain plaintiff and defense lawyers alike would move to halt such legislation and for once democrats and republicans might find themselves in the same bed with the same auto makers, a tryst to be remembered. But, why not? Most high end cars have sensors that tell the driver if they are about to hit the trash cans at the end of the driveway. Why not insert them around the perimeter of newly manufactured vehicles that would in effect alert the driver. The only time the system would fail is if the driver were truly asleep at the wheel. What do you think? Is this sort of forward thinking about saving lives good or no good?