Can Electric Cars Protect You?
By Tom Becker of Buellton
On Friday, October 25, tragedy struck in the mountains of Santa Barbara County. A Chevrolet Volt was struck head-on by a Chevrolet Camaro that had crossed the centerline of Highway 154 just east of Cold Springs bridge. The driver of the Volt, and two children in the back seat, died at the scene.
The Chevrolet Volt is a small, compact hybrid-electric car. For years, local politicians and environmental groups have advocated for electric cars. The State of California, with the support of local elected officials, have touted cars like the Volt as environmentally friendly motor vehicles, and politicians and “environmental” groups are attempting to force people out of larger vehicles and into small compact and subcompact cars.
However, warnings have been raised about the safety of small cars like the Volt. Indeed, the collision protections that small cars provide have been discussed for decades. Those concerns have been swept aside by local politicians, all for the sake of environmental “protection”.
I can guarantee the reader, thousands of people who looked at the mangled remains of that small electric car on Highway 154 are thinking long and hard about what kind of vehicle they want their loved ones travelling in.
Honest people can have honest disagreements over large versus small car crash statistics, but it is hard not to imagine a different outcome for the victims of that crash if the car they were travelling in had been a Hummer instead of a Volt.
Local politicians should respect the rights of people who wish to protect themselves and their families by purchasing and operating large motor vehicles. City councils, the Board of Supervisors and state and federal elected officials should all support efforts to protect the rights of the motoring public to choose the vehicles they determine are best suited for their needs.
There are people out there who do not respect speed limit signs or public service announcements warning about the dangers of drunk driving. It is up to the people to defend themselves against the maniac, the drunk driver, the speed demon. The best defense is a car that comes as close to a tank as you can get, and the politicians and environmentalists must not be allowed to interfere with the choices the people make to protect themselves, their families and their loved ones.
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