By marfdrat on January 7, 2013
Why not? Since driving involves both decision-making and physical skills, it makes sense to have kids spend longer doing those things before they get their license.
Giving children as young as 11 experience behind the wheel could potentially slash accident rates and save lives.
By marfdrat on October 25, 2012
From Yahoo! News:
Everything’s bigger in Texas including, as of Wednesday, the speed limit.
A new 41-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of toll road between San Antonio and Austin is now open with an 85-mph (137-kph) speed limit, the highest posted speed limit in the United States.
By marfdrat on December 15, 2011
I posted just the other day about how silly this proposed ban is, and how it’s practically unenforceable. Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, writes in Popular Mechanics that the facts of the accident that supposedly initiated this action by the NTSB don’t even point to usage of electronic devices as the distracting factor. Rather, it was something you can’t legislate away: plain old inattention, and following too closely.
By marfdrat on December 14, 2011
This week the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that there be a national ban on cell phone use by drivers. This seems like the typical big-government-every-issue-is-a-nail-and-we-have-a-big-hammer approach to solving perceived “problems.” Let’s pass another law! Radley Balko (the Agitator) has a solution that would work in many cases like this: use common sense. If you’re driving, don’t spend a lot of time looking away from the road. If you’re a legislator, hey – you can’t control everything that people do; it’s just not possible. Balko writes about it in US News:
By marfdrat on April 11, 2011
Safety weenies and some insurance companies don’t like it, but the Texas legislature is raising the speed limit on some sections of interstate to 85 mph.
By marfdrat on January 14, 2011
You see it all the time. Somebody in front of you is driving really slow, or erratically, or they’re slow to get going from the stop light. When you blast around them, you see the reason: they’re talking on the phone. It’s pretty much part of the canon of accepted theories that talking on the phone while you’re driving leads to more crashes. Is that really true? Some researchers from the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics have done a study that casts some doubt on the veracity of that claim.