Thursday, February 03, 2005

Oversized SUV owners, manufacturers, need to pay

They need to pay more for insurance. The companies that make them should be charged a 'oversized unneccessary vehicle' fee. And the people who drive them should be tested for their ability to drive them and be charged that ol' gas guzzler tax of the 60-70s.

Sure, this is America and we can drive anything we want. No problem. But when the idiot-driver of a company-owned Ford Expedition (who needs such a large vehicle if you're not hauling stuff?) stopped for no reason in the middle of a street in our downtown and decided to back up, again for no apparent reason, and crush the front end of my husband's car, why super-sized SUVs shouldn't be allowed on the road I can tell you there are some serious issues to consider here in the land of the free-of-choice, home of the brave. For one, a driver of such a large vehicle should be held **highly responsible** for their actions and how they effect others. They choose to drive a death machine, they should pay thru the nose. Can you tell I'm pissed? You bet.

For one, my husband has been inconvenienced by not having a car until the offender's insurance company figures it out. 4 days have passed since the accident.
Though the tax loop hole for large SUV purchases has closed somewhat, apparently it has not been tightened enough around the appropriate necks.

Same day this transpired, I heard on NPR a news story about Ford Motor Company paying over $27 million for an ad campaign directed to "the dangers of driving too fast, of overloading SUVs, and of not wearing seatbelts. The ads are directed at young men from 18 to 34." And the person who smashed my husband's car - aged 34.

Quote of the day: "You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful." Marie Curie


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