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Lauren Muskett
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Re: The burden of safety ...
Lauren Muskett   7/18/2011 3:03:47 PM
I think a large part of safety is in the hands of the driver, but it should not soley rest upon them. Yes, the driver is behind the wheel and controlling a vehicle, but the pedestrian should be aware of what is going on around them. If adding noise to the EV will increase safety and reduce injury I think it is something that should be followed up on.

Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: The burden of safety ...
Jack Rupert, PE   7/18/2011 3:00:24 PM
I agree, Jennifer.  Not only that, we now have a technology that can do something about noisy traffic, but they want MORE noise.  Even worse, since the noise is being artificially generated, how long is it going to be until you will be downloading "car-tones" along with your ring tones and every other car going down the street will be playing music both inside and out.

Jennifer Campbell
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The burden of safety ...
Jennifer Campbell   7/18/2011 2:38:18 PM
While I agree that hybrids are quiet and, therefore, can be more dangerous to pedestrians, it seems the burden of safety is not being placed on the driver, here. Am I missing something?

Beth Stackpole
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Driver Beware
Beth Stackpole   7/18/2011 2:12:36 PM
Seems like a good idea and one that can benefit EV and hybrid drivers as well. I know my dad has a Prius and he's recounted a story or two about he or my mom leaving the car running overnight because it's so quiet, they're distracted by something and forget to turn it off.

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