SUVs cause more Deaths for Everyone
My conclusion here is that SUVs are, at best, the fodder of lesser intellectually-capable citizens, a veritable hallmark of poor taste, casual disregard for life, thoroughgoing gluttony (a cardinal sin, for all you Jesus buffs out there), and remarkably deep stupidity. At worst, SUVs are lethal vehicles that should perhaps be banned without special licenses and driver training, just like busses and large trucks. http://suvhate.org/cgi-bin/page.pl?p=articles/more_deaths.html
SUVs Cause More Deaths for Everyone
From NY Times article, "How an S.U.V. Stacks Up to a Car on the Test Track", 24 February 2004.
"So why would someone want to buy a vehicle that tips?"
...Mr. O'Neill of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said, "I personally wouldn't."
Like many safety experts, Mr. O'Neill drives a large sedan, in his case a Lexus LS430, as well as a Toyota Sienna minivan. Broadly speaking, minivans as a class are safer than cars or S.U.V.'s. In 2002, there were 15.72 occupant deaths in every 100,000 passenger cars registered in the United States, compared with 16.52 deaths in every 100,000 S.U.V.'s, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Minivans and other light-duty vans had a fatality rate of 11.47 per 100,000.
"Personally, I believe a minivan is as functional as an S.U.V. without the handling questions," Mr. O'Neill said. "It's typically a less-expensive vehicle. It's just not trendy."
Not trendy enough? If I have ever heard a more compelling reason to own an SUV, I can't recall it. Citing recent IIHS statistical analysis of the FARS database, the NY Times article states,
87 occupants died for every million registered cars weighing 3,000 to 3,500 pounds. That was 22 percent fewer deaths than in any class of S.U.V. or pickup truck.
An interesting fact, given that people are buying SUVs en masse under the premise that they are safer for their occupants than cars. I've said it before, and now, I'll say it again: FALSE!!!.
Now let us entertain the standard melange of issues, namely, "Being an American" vs. "Limiting Consumer Choice". If someone chooses to drive a vehicle that's more dangerous to themselves than another type of vehicle, that's their choice. Just like sports cars, the fatal consequences of driving this type of vehicle are conscientiously borne solely by the driver. And as for us critics... the SUV drivers are killing themselves off. It's Darwinism at work. Everything is right in the world... right?
In one of my favorite written works of recent history, the IIHS Crash Incompatibility Report ( http://www.iihs.org/srpdfs/sr3804.pdf), we find a few startling facts about just how dangerous SUVs are to other, smaller vehicles. They cause more deaths in "partner vehicles", or the "other vehicle" involved in a crash. States the report, "Car occupants are about twice as likely to be killed in a side impact if the other vehicle is an SUV than if it's a car of about the same weight." More recent statistical reports would indicate that the rift is much, much wider - some even claiming that the divergence is 400% (4x more likely) for front-front crashes, and 2300% (23x more likely) for SUV front-car side crashes.
SUVs, in short, are more lethal vehicles, both inside and out. There is no way to misconstrue this fact; you can only arrange the facts to make SUVs only seem "twice as lethal" versus "twenty times as lethal". SUV occupants die, and car occupants are killed, at an alarmingly increased rate by SUVs. This isn't Darwinism... it's called vehicular manslaughter. Legal vehicular manslaughter, I might add.
Now, when you couple this fact with the additional fact that the vast majority (ca. 90+%) provide no additional utility to their drivers than that which would be obtained by driving a car, you get more deaths (and environmental degradation, and poor driving habits, etc.), with absolutely nothing in return.
Pardon, I forgot... SUVs are trendy!
My conclusion here is that SUVs are, at best, the fodder of lesser intellectually-capable citizens, a veritable hallmark of poor taste, casual disregard for life, thoroughgoing gluttony (a cardinal sin, for all you Jesus buffs out there), and remarkably deep stupidity. At worst, SUVs are lethal vehicles that should perhaps be banned without special licenses and driver training, just like busses and large trucks.
In either case, they are a menace, a mistake of public policy that must be corrected. And there is nothing innocent about this kind of vile greed, overconsumption, waste, and murder. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, they are indicative of a certain type of person. In the spirit of the New York Times article discussed above, "Personally, I am ashamed to be classified in the same species as anyone who owns and drives a vehicle bearing all of the horrifying first-hand facts and second-hand statistics surrounding them."
Why, you ask?
I have basic reasoning abilities, and I am not a premeditated murderer.
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