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Critical Pedestrian Safety Legislation Moves to White House for President's Signature
Breitbart.com ^ | 12/16/10 | American Council of the Blind

Posted on 12/16/2010 1:12:01 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 841, The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, legislation that will provide blind, visually impaired, and other pedestrians greater security when traveling in close proximity to hybrid or electric vehicles.

"The passage of this legislation is momentous and marks over two years of vigorous advocacy by ACB membership that has resulted in consensus by the blind community, auto industry, and Congress," stated Mitch Pomerantz, President of the American Council of the Blind.

"The silent nature of hybrid and electric vehicles, coupled with their growing popularity, presents a dilemma. How do we protect individuals dependent on sound for their safety, such as unsuspecting pedestrians and the blind?" said Representative Edolphus Towns, the sponsor of the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, who spent many years teaching travel with a white cane to the blind. "The solution lies in the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act. I am proud to have supported this important piece of legislation."

"The visually impaired rely on audio cues to detect nearby traffic and these quiet vehicles pose a special risk to them and to other pedestrians," stated Rep. Cliff Stearns, who joined in offering the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act. "This measure enjoys the support of all of the interested parties and it is budget neutral, and I look forward to the President quickly signing this bill."

The legislation will require the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin writing standards that would set requirements for an alert sound that allows blind and other pedestrians to reasonably detect a nearby electric or hybrid vehicle. It also requires that those rules be finalized within three years.

ACB wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) along with Reps. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: blind; legislation; pedestrian; safety

1 posted on 12/16/2010 1:12:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

banning silent cars..... yet we can’t ban naked kids on the internet or at pedo nudist camp....


2 posted on 12/16/2010 1:14:34 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh good God.


3 posted on 12/16/2010 1:15:31 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I'm thinking a device like a 'backup alarm' such as those on garbage trucks that's simply on all the time.

"Real solutions for real problems"

4 posted on 12/16/2010 1:16:38 PM PST by n230099 ("When no one knows who is armed...everyone is.")
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Clothes-pinning playing cards in the spokes oughta do it.


5 posted on 12/16/2010 1:18:20 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: NormsRevenge

LUNATICS!


6 posted on 12/16/2010 1:18:51 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m imagining downtown rush hour traffic at a near standstill, hundreds of cars backed up at traffic lights, moving at a snail’s pace...all of them emitting frequent periodic electronic “chirps”, like the sound of a smoke detector’s low battery signal. Aaaah...it’ll be grand!

Other than that, I guess this is the most important thing for the House to have been working on today. Will they rush the bill to the golf course for Ozero to sign?


7 posted on 12/16/2010 1:19:35 PM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: NormsRevenge

See, this is great, the moment I heard of this brain dead legislation, I started figuring out how to install custom sounds into vehicles. Crazy Frog Prius, anyone? :)


8 posted on 12/16/2010 1:20:05 PM PST by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: D-fendr

Marco...Polo

“Drivers of current electic cars will be required to keep the windows down and yell ‘polo’ whenever they hear the word ‘marco’.”


9 posted on 12/16/2010 1:21:43 PM PST by Brookhaven (Moderates = non-thinkers)
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To: GeronL

Heck, they would never have known what hit them... ;-)


10 posted on 12/16/2010 1:21:43 PM PST by chipper dave
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To: NormsRevenge

How many billions will this cost?


11 posted on 12/16/2010 1:22:47 PM PST by Mr. K ('Profiling' you is worse than grabbing your balls)
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To: NormsRevenge

Considering the naming of previous bills,
I’m surprised this “pedestrian safety” bill
didn’t outlaw private walking.


12 posted on 12/16/2010 1:23:51 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: n230099

A father took his young son with him to the bank to take care of some transactions. Since it was lunchtime, and the bank branch was downtown, there were a number of business people in line ahead of them. The father dutifully got into the rope chutes to wait for the next available teller.

Standing in front of them was a female executive type, wearing the latest in corporate fashion and carrying a leather briefcase with a matching leather purse slung over her shoulder. There was a pager clipped to the purse, and the woman was quite large.

After standing in line for a few minutes, the son, pointing to the woman ahead, remarked “Dad, that woman has the biggest butt I have ever seen.”

His father, surprised and embarrassed, chastised his son for saying things that might hurt someone else’s feelings. “Ssshh, don’t say things like that, it isn’t nice.”

A few minutes later, almost to the front of the line, the son again remarked “Dad, that woman has the biggest thighs I have ever seen.”

The father, this time more sternly, replied, “Be quiet, we are almost done here. We’ll talk about this when we get home.”

Just at that moment, the woman’s pager went off. beep..beep..beep..beep

With that the son yells, “LOOK OUT DAD, SHE’S BACKING UP!!!”


13 posted on 12/16/2010 1:25:14 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Luckily, the hippies driving these cars smell horrendous, so the visually impaired just need to rely on olfactory rather than aural cues.


14 posted on 12/16/2010 1:25:31 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Mr. K

How many billions will this cost?””

IMO, much more than anyone has calculated.

It will keep people from buying cars that drive them nuts chirping down the road every minute that it is in operation.

Imagine trying to drive across Montana or Wyoming with this pice of crap chirping to warn pedestrians that are not there!!!!!

Should be very interesting in ‘Open Range” country.


15 posted on 12/16/2010 1:27:59 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: NormsRevenge

A Jackhammer 24 subwoofer should take care that problem


16 posted on 12/16/2010 1:36:44 PM PST by dfwright (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left (Eccl. 10:2, NIV))
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To: Mr. K

trust Barry- it’s “deficit neutral”.


17 posted on 12/16/2010 1:37:45 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: NormsRevenge

how about some 300 watt stereo speakers which play Low Rider by War at full volume any time the car is moving?


18 posted on 12/16/2010 1:38:21 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MrB
"I’m surprised this “pedestrian safety” bill didn’t outlaw private walking."

I must be getting a bit paranoid! My first thought was that we would all need a license to walk on a public right of way.

19 posted on 12/16/2010 1:59:27 PM PST by An Old Man
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To: lonevoice

Let’s hope they don’t install an irritating sound.

So much for the much-touted feature of quiet operation.


20 posted on 12/16/2010 1:59:48 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Critical".

America is toast.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

21 posted on 12/16/2010 2:00:51 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Like all things done in Washington, the actual result will be exactly the opposite of that ostensibly intended.
22 posted on 12/16/2010 2:14:58 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: GeronL

I’d rather ban liberals. It makes more sense than these panty-waisted statist jack wagons could ever make.


23 posted on 12/16/2010 2:25:10 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I feel bad now, because I don’t have a device. So if I see a blind person, I think I’ll honk my horn, so they know I’m coming.

Some of your newer cars probably don’t make enough noise either, so maybe we should ALL honk our horns when we see blind people — for their safety.


24 posted on 12/16/2010 2:45:54 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: NormsRevenge

Blind people should be issued special electronic devices, like EZ-pass. When a “quiet” car senses a blind ez-pass, it can then feed back to the device, which would be strapped around the blind person’s neck. The mild electric shock would warn the blind person that they should not step any further.


25 posted on 12/16/2010 2:51:47 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Blind people should be issued special electronic devices, like EZ-pass. When a “quiet” car senses a blind ez-pass, it can then feed back to the device, which would be strapped around the blind person’s neck. The mild electric shock would warn the blind person that they should not step any further.

I thought that was what this was about. How else could they possibly do it?

26 posted on 12/16/2010 6:46:51 PM PST by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: raybbr

Seriously? the bill authorizes a 3-year study of what to do. Probably millions of dollars. So it can’t possibly be something you and I thought up in 5 seconds. :-)


27 posted on 12/16/2010 7:31:25 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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