How Many Blind People Have Been Hit By A Prius?

Back in the day, a VW Beetle was the best car to get you through an oil crisis. Everyone complained about safety, though. VW fixed that. Now, they're cool.

There must be a design solution for the too-quiet hybrid issue we can all come together on.

By the by, maybe legislators should be seeking solutions that benefit pedestrians of all sorts: like reducing emissions of lung cancer causing exhaust particles, constructing more sidewalks, and installing pedestrian crossings that better accommodate blind persons?

A bill intended to protect blind people and other pedestrians from the dangers posed by quiet cars will be introduced today in Congress.

The measure would require the Transportation Department to establish safety standards for hybrids and other vehicles that make little discernible noise, including an audible means for alerting people that cars are nearby.

"The beneficial trend toward more environmentally friendly vehicles has had the unintended effect of placing the blind and other pedestrians in danger," said Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), who is sponsoring the bill with Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.).

The National Federation of the Blind has pushed for the legislation to protect those who rely on their hearing to know when to cross the street.

Probably, noisy, smelly buses are a greater risk to pedestrians and bicyclists of any sort.

If you know better, bring on the numbers and we'll publish your comments (please include links).

Via::Los Angeles Times, "Bill aims to protect blind people from dangers posed by hybrids." Image credit::DaveTheRave87, "The Beetles"

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