Mookie4ever wrote:I don't get this attitude at all. When I was born seat belts were not used and motorcyclists did not wear helmets. Today we think that people that don't use these basic safety devices are reckless. Things change, nothing more so than cars and traffic. If we can make some changes that will save lives why not do it? Today we may find that it's intrusive but in ten years time it will be viewed as basic safety along with the seat belt and the bike helmet.
Yes, it's safer. Yes, every time we get in the car, I make sure my daughter is buckled in properly before we get going. But I, probably you, and a fair portion of us here at the Cafe grew up in an era where this kind of safety was unheard of. Certainly for me, because when I was a kid we never, ever wore seatbelts. We would ride around in the bed of my dad's pickup most of the time, sometimes on the highway, unsecured. That's just what everyone did. Yeah, lots of kids got hurt back then, but not anyone that I knew, and certainly not me, or you, or Madison, or anyone else old enough to have lived through the seatbelt-less days that posts here.
There's a certain amount of risk we accept every day. Just getting out of bed could be hazardous. Where we have to live is in that balance point of Safe vs. Ridiculous. We all know it's Ridiculous to make the highway speed limit 100mph (161kph for you, Mookie), and we all know that it would be Ridiculous to make it 35mph as well. The balance point is somewhere in the middle, either at 75 or 55 or whatever. You have to factor in practicality and safety and general driving ability and everything and come up with something that we can all live with.
All I'm saying, and probably Madison too, is that putting a bell on electric cars (or whatever) is just a bit much. Is it safer? Sure. But is it necessary? Not to me.