Editorial: Cars, roads must become safer — despite fewer deaths

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  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    May 14, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    I wonder if Pete 1215 has considered the impact of his proposal on people who want to use their cell phones on buses and trains. I have frequently used mine in that way, and wouldn't want an automatic shut-off function to keep me from continuing to do so. In addition, I often use my car's Bluetooth hands-free feature to make calls right from my steering wheel, which are routed through my cell phone. Again, Pete 1215's proposal would stop me cold. I appreciate the spirit of his suggestion but it creates many problems he may not have considered.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    May 12, 2012 7:43 p.m.

    You know hundreds of thousands of people die each year in hospitals. Many die from accidents and injuries,or the incidents of old age and poor life choices, thus the reason they are in the hospital. Yet they figure around 140,000 people die a year from medical mistakes. That is an epidemic of massive proportions.
    The government lets the hospitals and doctors regulate themselves?
    32,000 people die on our roads. Only 4,600 are semi-truck involved.
    Why can't Doctors and nurses have random urine tests like truck drivers? Why are they not forced to keep a log of everywhere they go and everything they do 24/7, 365 days a year, even at home, like truck drivers? A professional truck driver has no privacy! Doctors have our lives in their hands and they have very few regulations. Our government is ridiculous with the rules.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    May 12, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    "The estimate is that 32,310 people died in accidents last year. If a disease came along and claimed that many lives, there would be no end to efforts to find a cure." Influenza kills about that many people a year, and we don't pay it much mind. Put circuits in cell phones that use the internal GPS capability to make the cell phones not work above 15 MPH. We will all be safer.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    May 12, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    I think the reason that road deaths are down this year is because there are less people driving and more people walking, taking the bus or hainge no job and few intervies to go to, so the roads are less crowded, and others just cannot afford to get in an accident and so drive more carefully, especially those who can't afford insurance.

    On a positive note this means the government is doing something good albeit only as a by-product and unintended consequence of their economic policies.

  • county mom Monroe, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    This leaves out a very important point, with all the safety rules and regulations very few of the fatalities are attributed to semi-tractor trailers. Less and less every year. As a matter of fact almost all accidents involving semi's are the direct result of unsafe driving attributed to a car or other smaller vehicle. Yet the USDOT assigns blame to the truck driver and eliminates him from driving professionaly no matter who is at fault. The very fact that he or she was on the road and caught in an accident is enough proof to them. No appeals no second chances, you are done!
    The USDOT did a nation wide road side drug test stopping every truck they felt like over half a million truck drivers were randomly tested. They caught 75 drivers with drugs or alcohol in their system. How many drivers of cars would have passed?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 11, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    You can make the cars and roads only so safe - NOT Idiot proof.

    OBEY the laws,
    Hang up and Drive.

  • Conservative Cedar City, UT
    May 11, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    HOLY SMOKES! When reading this article I stopped and checked what newspaper it was in!

    DN, are you abandoning your strict policy of conservative leaning truth? DN, have you got any idea how much your proposed highway/safety improvements will cost? Infrastructure is taxpayer money!

    No True Conservative is going to support infrastructure. Any more of these type editorials or articles and you're going to lose a lot of your Conservative Base.

    I'm pretty sure this editorial was hacked into the DN.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 11, 2012 10:52 a.m.

    Great article and we still can do better. Accidents from distracted and drowsy driving, each are approaching or exceeding DUI accidents. Now the Editorial Board should consider ways to reduce the appalling and needless deaths by guns.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    May 11, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    one things that always amazes me and gives me faith that the human race will survive is the Freeway. With all the crazy/stupid/reckless/insert_term_here we all don't die in a firey ball on the freeway in 1/2 ton death traps. In fact somehow everyone knows what to do, and everyone reels when there is a awful accident.
    We can all improve our driving, but please NO MORE LAWS ABOUT IT!

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 11, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    As much as we would like it, the vehicle death rate will never be zero. The decline in death rates we have seen is remarkable. And I would point out to my conservative friends that it is partly because of increased federal safety standards.