Treat fast cars same as assault rifles?

first_imgAccording to an AP analysis of FBI data, there were about 11,000 gun homicides in the United States in 2016. In that same year, the U.S. Department of Transportation recorded 10,111 traffic fatalities related to speeding. I think we can all agree that both of these statistics are alarming and worthy of legislative intervention. Our governor and congressional representatives have offered and, as in the Safe Act, implemented common sense solutions to the gun problem. Perhaps we should apply the same remedies to vehicular homicides due to speeding. To only focus on the speeding driver ignores the basic problem — too many cars around that are capable of going too fast. The average top speed of cars in the United States is 110 mph. Why is this permitted when the top speed limit, with few exceptions, is 75 mph?We should prohibit the manufacture, sale and possession of cars that go faster than 75. For the millions of vehicles already on the road, we should mandate that speed governors be retrofitted. And of course, we should raise the driving age to21. Similar to the banning of assault-style rifles, we should make cars that encourage fast driving, like muscle cars and sports cars, illegal to possess outside of a NASCAR or Grand Prix track.To paraphrase Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lecture about guns, nobody needs a car that’s designed for excess speed. I’m sure that with the same logic he applied to gun violence, Gov. Cuomo will be among the first to surrender his 1975 Corvette (129 mph) and give up his misguided adoration of muscle cars. Oh, and let’s no longer tolerate local venues for shows featuring sports and muscle cars. It’s time to get serious about vehicle violence.WILLIAM DIMANGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img