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    quiet cars deemed dangerous

    oh my fucking god... these days, you can get in trouble for planting a fucking flower!!!


    BALTIMORE — A bill intended to protect blind people and other pedestrians from the dangers posed by quiet cars will be introduced Wednesday in Congress.

    The measure would require the Transportation Department to establish safety standards for hybrids and other vehicles that make little discernible noise, including an audible means for alerting people that cars are nearby.

    "The beneficial trend toward more environmentally friendly vehicles has had the unintended effect of placing the blind and other pedestrians in danger," said Democratic Rep. Edolphus Towns, who's sponsoring the bill with Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns.

    The Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind has pushed for the legislation to protect those who rely on their hearing to know when to cross the street.

    While the organization is not aware of people being struck by cars they couldn't hear, NFB President Marc Maurer has said he fears it's only a matter of time.

    Preliminary results of an ongoing study at the University of California-Riverside have indicated the cars pose some risk. The study found that hybrids operating at slow speeds must be 40 percent closer to pedestrians than combustion-engine vehicles before they make enough noise for their location to be detected.

    Blind People Say Nearly-Silent Hybrid Cars Pose Safety Risk Hybrid vehicles operate on battery-powered electric motors when idling and traveling at slow speeds; internal combustion engines, with their distinctive rumble, kick in when the cars speed up.

    The bill would require the Transportation Department to conduct a two-year study before issuing safety standards. Automakers would than have two years to comply.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is planning a listening session this spring to consider possible solutions to the quiet-car problem and is already working with manufacturers.

    Wade Newton, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said he couldn't comment on the bill's specifics but added that manufacturers were eager to address the issue.

    Clarence Ditlow, president of the Center for Auto Safety, said he favored enhanced safety standards for quiet cars but wasn't sure a two-year study was necessary.

    "It seems to me that if we can put audible signals on walk signs for the blind, then we can put an audible signal on a hybrid," Ditlow said.
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    Wow......the schools, airport security, roads, street crime control, and economy must be tighter than a virgin's asshole if we're hashing about shit like this.
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    Next thing you know there'll be legislation to make sure everyone farts loud enough so we all know when to steer clear of someone for a few moments.....
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    Maybe they should outlaw mufflers? Oh, then we'll have noise pollution.

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    Too bad. We're gonna have to kill a few blind ppl to save the planet...
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    Great. Now we'll be seeing fart can mufflers on every car.

    I'm suprised as hell I haven't seen a riced out Prius yet.

    I guess I'll go put straight pipes on my Silverado and Tahoe. That should make them loud enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen View Post
    Great. Now we'll be seeing fart can mufflers on every car.

    I'm suprised as hell I haven't seen a riced out Prius yet.

    I guess I'll go put straight pipes on my Silverado and Tahoe. That should make them loud enough.

    Yea, I'm very wary of blind people, so I have shorty headers with a "high flow" cat system and an aftermarket exhaust system on it, wanna make sure blind people and puppies know I'm coming

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    You mean those deer whistles won't work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Cool I have nice loud car, sweet.
    loud pipes save lives!

    time to put a Flowmaster on the truck!
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    That poor pup. What's next? I must admit that fart idea isn't half-bad tho. If only I had a nice quiet car. That's the least of my worries anyways. The whole thing is stupid.
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    That's why I ride a real loud bike!
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    Please...where I live, there is no such thing as a car owned by someone under the age of twenty five that is even remotely referred to as being "quiet". Even with the windows up, the bonking bass and drums from the "so-called" music reverberating from these wheeled boom boxes makes the entire contents of their trunks vibrate audibly.

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    Well, as a college student who's hearing is shot I kinda have to agree that they need to add a noise to the operation to electric and hybrids. The college uses golf-carts for their maintainence guys, security and to truck around the handicapped and I can't tell you how many times I've almost been run over by the fucking things because I didn't hear them coming up from behind me.

    I think they should add a sound like the cars from the Jetsons.
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