Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum  

Go Back   Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum > National Motorists Association (NMA) Discussion Group & Forum > NMA Articles
Radar Detectors Forum Logon:

NMA Articles National Motorists Association (NMA) Articles

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 2011-03-14
NMA Reporter NMA Reporter is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: 2008 Feb
Posts: 125
NMA Reporter is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Pedal “Misapplication” — Again

NMA Article: Pedal “Misapplication” — Again

class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2174" style="margin-bottom: 8px;" title="gas-pedal-misapplication" src="https://blog.motorists.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/gas-pedal-misapplication.jpg" alt="" width="525" height="200" /> /> By James Baxter, NMA President

This past week, Ray LaHood, Secretary of the US Dept. of Transportation made a splash with his announcement that, fat floor mats aside, their investigation could find no fault with Toyota throttles and that it appeared the unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles was caused by drivers stepping on the gas pedal when they meant to hit the brake.

We’ve been through this before, same issue, same cause, same hysteria, and same government gyrations that manage to ignore the practical fact that brakes overpower engines.

The next time gas prices hit four or five dollars a gallon some retired plumber out of San Francisco is going to make headlines by demanding that speed limits be reduced to save fuel and thousands of lives, which will lead to energy independence and dramatic reductions in healthcare expenses.

It’s been a few years, but it’s about time for an elderly driver to plow into a farmers market or careen across a school playground at recess time. Out will come the demands for testing older drivers, doing eye tests, and setting maximum ages for operator licenses. Never mind that none of these measures would have prevented these high profile crashes. More than likely the driver had dementia and hadn’t had a license for six years — but did have perfect eyesight.

This will be followed a few weeks later by someone with a BAC of .32 percent traveling the wrong way on an Interstate highway who takes on a fuel tanker and creates an explosion that can be heard 20 miles away. Within weeks 12 states are proposing the legal BAC limit be reduced to .02 Percent and fuel trucks should only be allowed on urban Interstates between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM.

Why do we put up with this nonsense? The media, elected officials, even the general public seems to suffer amnesia, or maybe they just see a chance to push their own warped agenda? Whatever the cause, the cost is horrendous. Toyota lost billions of dollars through this fiasco. Before Toyota the same thing happened to Audi.

Pity on us, if we have to endure another 55 MPH speed limit because fuel prices exceed our pain threshold. Think of the billions upon billions of dollars that were wasted every year, for 22 years, because of the last great experiment with an arbitrary national speed limit.

I have no surefire solution, but forewarned is forearmed.

style="padding: 5px 0px 2px 0px;height:20px;width:525px;background-color:#ffffbe;text-align:center;">Are You A NMA Member? If not, read about href="https://www.motorists.org/memberbenefits/">the benefits and then href="https://www.motorists.org/join/">join!


href="https://blog.motorists.org/pedal-misapplication-again/">Pedal “Misapplication” — Again

Further Reading:
    style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/relearning-the-same-lesson-over-and-over/" rel="bookmark" title="August 3, 2010">Relearning The Same Lesson, Over And Over And… style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/why-are-fewer-teenagers-getting-licenses/" rel="bookmark" title="September 14, 2010">Why Are Fewer Teenagers Getting Their Driver’s Licenses? style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/gm-should-not-stand-for-government-motors/" rel="bookmark" title="June 5, 2009">GM Should Not Stand For “Government Motors” style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/national-speed-limit-effect-on-traffic-safety-fuel-prices/" rel="bookmark" title="July 23, 2008">The Effect Of A National Speed Limit On Traffic Safety & Fuel Prices style="line-height:1.5em;"> href="https://blog.motorists.org/will-plug-in-hybrids-save-us-from-high-gas-prices/" rel="bookmark" title="May 1, 2008">Will Plug-in Hybrids Save Us From High Gas Prices?

© 2009 NMA
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 13:14.

©2019 SpeedTrapHunter