7,630 men, women and children killed
That’s how many Americans were killed by automobiles in the US during the first quarter of 2012. That is 910 more in the first three months of 2012 than in the first three months of 2011. This tragedy is another grim reminder that cars are the enablers of mass killers and that our nation pays an unacceptable price for our failure to keep cars out of the hands of dangerous people.
U.S. traffic deaths jump 13.5 percent in 2012
NHTSA said the rate of traffic deaths per 100 million miles of vehicle travel increased substantially. For the first three months of 2012, the rate increased significantly to 1.10 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, up from 0.98 fatalities per 100 million miles in the same period last year.
NHTSA said it estimates 7,630 people died in vehicle crashes in the first three months, up from 6,720 in the first quarter of 2011. Cars kill 12 people in America every three and a half hours, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At what point will be ban semi-automatic assault automobiles? Why don’t the police just go on strike until the assault cars are banned?
Do you realize that there is no federal licence required to own an automobile? There isn’t even a background check. People under the age of 18 are allowed to use automobiles unsupervised.
Auto deaths are on the rise and yet the federal government refuses to implement common sense car control laws. For example, the federal government should immediately…
1) Ban certain types of sports cars that have styling that makes them appear more dangerous than other cars
2) Implement a federal background check before a car can be purchased
3) Limit the number of cars a person can purchase in a given period
4) Require a three day waiting period before a car can be removed from the lot
5) Eliminate private sales of cars at car shows
6) Make illegal high capacity gasoline tanks
7) Alert the FBI if an individual attempts to buy more than 20 gallons of gasoline
We must work to reform the auto industry by enacting and enforcing sensible regulations to reduce automobile violence, including regulations governing the auto industry. In addition, we should represent victims of automobile violence in the courts. We must work to educate the public about car violence through litigation, grassroots mobilization, and outreach to affected communities.
Together we can end the death and destruction automobiles cause in America.
Too good. H/T to I Own the World for the pointer.