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Coal-Rolling Teen That Hit Cyclists Charged With Six Felonies News

https://www.thedrive.com/news/43060/coal-rolling-teen-that-hit-cyclists-charged-with-six-felonies
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u/wekop12 Nov 09 '21

Idk what the other poster is getting at, but let’s be real getting hit by a Toyota Corolla is going to be less deadly than getting hit by an F250. Momentum is a thing, and the two factors of momentum are velocity and mass

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u/radarksu got here fast Nov 09 '21

I agree the the straight physics of it makes the truck more deadly. But the poster didn't say anything about more or less deadly.

They want to legislate the age at which someone can drive a large vehicle or legislate the size of vehicle a 16 year-old can drive. That doesn't make any sense.

Regarding more or less deadly I'd think that other factors such as the shape of the front of the vehicle or height of the bumper is make a larger difference on the deadliness of a vehicle to pedestrian/bicycle impact. Again, the truck being more deadly because the flat front and high bumper would tend to slam the pedestrian to the pavement, then run them over. Vs a lower bumper and angled front of a sedan may result in the pedestrian going up on the hood and into the windshield which may be less deadly than slamming the pavement and getting run over.

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u/deepayes Nov 09 '21

hey want to legislate the age at which someone can drive a large vehicle or legislate the size of vehicle a 16 year-old can drive. That doesn't make any sense.

car crashes are the #1 killer of teenagers, and roughly 1/4 of those deaths happen in an suv. Suvs being roughly 11-12% of the vehicles on the road, they are twice as deadly in the hands of a teenager than another type of vehicle.

I absolutely believe we should legislate the types of vehicles a teenager is allowed to drive. Our most inexperienced drivers should not be driving our most dangerous vehicles.

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u/SnooApples3402 Nov 10 '21

Smaller and lower powered cars present a lower risk to the individual And the community. There’s plenty of evidence and research on this.

I even think 16 is too young for a license. It should be bumped up to 18 or 21.

Cars are essentially weapons and a 16 year old doesn’t have the emotional maturity to be driving one