Thursday, July 06, 2006

Drunks in Trucks: Do You Need an SUV to Survive?

For the second time in the last four months, I have read about a drunk, pickup truck-driving hillbilly killing a Greater Cincinnati area family.

What's even more infuriating is that these imbeciles walked away unharmed from the accidents they caused. One of them wasn't even wearing a seat belt!

The deceased victims of these morons had two things in common:
1) They were wearing seat belts
2) They were driving standard automobiles (not an SUV or truck)

This begs the question, "Do you need a truck, SUV, or other gigantic vehicle to survive in today's driving climate?" Are the myriad air bags and crumple zones just a bunch of hype? Are you a ghost if little Billy smashes into you with his daddy's Escalade? What do you need in order to achieve safety parity?

Woman Killed In Head-On Crash On I-275
Couple Killed While On Vacation

P.S. Don't forget Rockstar: Supernova has started and the results show is on tonight at 9:00pm on CBS.

P.S.S. Yes, I realize bringing up Rockstar: Supernova during a rant about drunk truck drivers is a questionable transition.

P.S.S.S. Jeez... If they could somehow invent a device that would prevent drunken idiots from being able to operate their vehicles...


Wrecking Machine said...

1) Just because someone drives a pickup truck does not make them a hillbilly. However, statistics are on your side with this claim.

2) 14 year old girl in the car was not killed and was in fact only sustained minor injuries. Even in the backseat, highway impacts are pretty brutal. Also, the 9 year old girl from the first accident survived, albeit with worse injuries. Multiple studies have shown that people who are 'relaxed' during an accident are less likely to sustain injuries. Thus, the young-uns and the drunks survived. That being said...

3) As anyone who went to college knows, alcohol makes you damn near impervious to harm.

4) Passenger in the second accident's truck was killed. So, having a truck or SUV is not a perfect defense. That being said...

5) With no sort of research to back it up, I believe a large majority of people who buy SUVs and trucks (those that aren't hauling kids or other junk) buy the things because of their own inadequte driving abilities and the need for a higher level of protection since they are more accident-prone.

6) I've said it before, and I'll say it again: if we actually started PUNISHING drunk drivers instead of slapping them on the wrist and telling them not to do it again (this goes for most criminals, actually) it might send a better message than commercials and billboards. Historically, people don't listen to sob stories about loss of life. They do listen to tales of terrifying consequences.

7) (offtopic) When I read your 'question', I thought you were using Jimmy as an SUV name at first and had to reread it to get it right.

8) (back on topic, but not really) Anyone who listens to Rover's Morning Glory knows that the trick to surviving a car accident is not a seat belt. It is the lock-out technique. Seat belts are a thing of the past.

Dolf said...

Alright, what's this "lock-out technique"? You are putting lives at risk each second you withhold this information!

Don Juan de Basler said...

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