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Old 03-19-2005, 10:10 AM   #1
dozorca
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NHTSA Chief Wants Speeding Crackdown



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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The U.S.'s top auto-safety regulator said the
government intends to crack down on speeding, by using high-visibility
enforcement, targeting the worst speeders and expanding the use of
technology such as camera systems that automatically send tickets to
violators.

Until now, excessive speed hasn't been a priority for the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which instead has focused its
efforts on issues like combating drunken driving, increasing seat-belt
use and decreasing the number of rollover fatalities.

...

The federal government's decision to take aim at speeding comes as the
auto industry is promoting high horsepower and 0-to-60 mph acceleration
with a vigor that recalls the muscle-car era of the late 1960s. General
Motors Corp., for example, is touting a new line of Cadillac cars that
can accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in less than five seconds.
DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group is racking up profit and
market-share gains on its heavily promoted "Hemi" V-8 engines. Ford
Motor Co. plans to unveil a pumped-up version of its Mustang sport coupe
at next week's New York Auto Show.


...

NHTSA's antispeed rhetoric was welcomed by safety advocates, who have
long complained about the auto industry's speed-oriented marketing.
"It's about time" NHTSA addressed the speed issue, said Judie Stone,
president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a Washington-based
lobbying organization funded by the insurance industry.[/b]
Looks like the government is bored again...
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