by Duluth News Tribune
June 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
The number of people killed in crashes on Minnesota roads continues to fall, and last year reached its lowest point in nearly 70 years.
Tags: auto, Minnesota, MnDOT, Police, Transportation 8 Comments »
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Wow, too bad that nanny-stater socialist Ralph Nader pushed, prodded, and pushed again to get seat belts installed in cars. The free-market told us we could choose between metal dashboards with a rounded edge and a metal dashboard with a square edge (and those who earned their money thru merit and hard work could afford to be placed in a walnut box instead of a lowly surf-class pine box!) . The car companies told us seat belts would put them out of business. And yet that dang guy wouldn’t leave it alone. And look where it got us… meddling. hate it.
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Also credit all that modern highway construction that YOU guys hate so much,
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Is that the same “we” that hates spending a dime on a fuel efficient train (these things have to pay for themselves, you know) but doesn’t blink at a $million dollars$ of taxpayer money a mile *just maintaining* a highway for another 3 years (not to mention imminent domain [you know, that free-market thing of confiscating private property for the public good]?
Ahh…tea partiers….they love freedom…as long as it’s *dictated* by them onto everyone else per their 1950′s “values”.
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Running an empty train back and forth is not exactly “fuel efficient”.
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In response to a wonderful story that tells us that travel by automobile has never been safer, apropos nothing you chose to bring up an issue, seat belts, which was current 50 years ago.
Then, again apropos nothing, you chose to push a technology, rail travel, that was current 100 years ago.
And you call yourself a “progressive”
It boggles my mind.
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The NLX train idea isn’t even worthy of a water cooler conversation. But somehow has been able to get millions in funding to study the plan. Time to stick a fork into this government pork project.
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I did my part by staying home when I was drunk.
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Want to lower the traffic death rate more? 1. Raise speed limits to what you now allow (e.g. 77 mph on Interstates) then enforce them with no tolerance. 2. Re-test every driver periodically in a simulator. Test vision, reflexes, knowledge of rules, judgment. 3. Enforce use of turn signals, headlights-when-wipers-in-use, and other rules now ignored by authorities. This would get drivers to understand that the rules mean something — that driving isn’t a secondary activity. It’s the most important thing you’re doing at that moment and the most dangerous thing most of us ever do.
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