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

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

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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