Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Protecting the Blind from Hybrid Vehicle Dangers

A bill recently introduced by Senators John Kerry (D) from Massachusetts and Arlen Specter (Republican-turned-Democrat) from Pennsylvania would require the Department of Transportation to conduct a study to determine how to protect the blind from silent vehicles, as hybrid vehicles are at times when the engine is off and they are running solely on electricity.

These vehicles can be very dangerous for the blind, who rely on engine noise to judge the distance, speed and location of cars as they make their way around town.

The study is particularly important given the increasing number of hybrid vehicles currently in production, and considering the prospect of there being entirely electric vehicles on the road in the future.

Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation, will be responsible for securing funding the study and for overseeing it.

Read the full story on the Kicking Tires blog at cars.com

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