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August 19, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Aug. 19, 2012


Put a target on those fast vehicles

A news item appearing in the 8-15-12 issue alluded to an individual driving his automobile at speeds of 119 mph.

For some reason, I couldn’t shake 119 mph from my mind that morning.

119 mph — 119 mph — 119 miles per hour!

Then it hit me.

The highest legal speed in this country is 70 (maybe 80 in some places) mph.

Over the years, high-speed driving and police chases have cost uncounted lives, injuries and property damage.

Not only that, I began to suspect that the carbon footprint of a gasoline engine operating at such high speeds would rise dramatically.

I checked with Al Gore and my suspicions were confirmed (it nearly doubles, he told me).

Finally, the fuel consumption of such engines soars, resulting in greater demand for foreign oil, along with higher gasoline prices.

With all this knowledge, I ask you, in the name of Pete, how the ownership of such powerful motor vehicles can be justified.

It can’t, so I am now calling upon Congress to ban the manufacture and sale of any automobile capable of exceeding 80 mph.

Furthermore, owners of likewise older cars would be required to have installed, at their own expense, permanent and undefeatable speed limiters on their vehicle(s).

Those who can’t afford to do so will have their cars seized from them, without compensation, courtesy of the EPA.

Those who refuse to comply will spend 10 years turning big rocks into little rocks at some bighouse.

It is high time that we come to our collective senses and restore some sanity to our highways and byways by banning these death-dealing and unneeded automobiles from our society.

Since there is no right to own an automobile, this should be a snap.

— Mark Burns

Terre Haute

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