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Jim Larsen
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Partner with GJEL Accident Attorneys
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It's unbelievable that anyone would try to blame the 3 foot passing law for this tragedy. The impatient driver who killed Mr. Brumm was clearly negligent in operation of the car and in violation of longstanding safe passing laws. It begs the question of whether the driver would have been found at fault had they hit another car head-on. 

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"Through less restraint comes greater focus." 

The idea behind these shared streets is that by taking a minimalist approach to road signage, people's benevolent and attentive natures will take over. This seems like a Utopian dream, but by the looks of it, there are quite a few places that have gotten it to work (even here in the US!). Maybe more cities should give this idea a shot.

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Unless we completely ban manually piloted cars (highly unlikely) there is a very slim chance of near-total adoption of self-driving vehicles over the next 20 years. What we need to focus on to achieve #VisionZero  are infrastructure and street design improvements that will have immediate benefits for all road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists. 

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When consumer safety is on the line, are we really content to let "good enough" background checks be the norm? While both the taxi lobby and #Uber  are making efforts to trash each other's employee screening practices, too many incidents of improper conduct by both kinds of drivers are ongoing. Instead of comparing the virtues and faults of each type of check, why don't these large, well-funded companies run the full gamut?

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If you check out the response to #VisionZero  from the NYC Bus Operator's union, you'll see exactly why the project is so politically troublesome. There is no doubt that pedestrians deaths need to come to an end, but by allowing blame to fall upon individual drivers (especially professional ones) governments with trigger a reflexive defensiveness that could spell trouble for the goal. That's why, instead of focusing on punitive measures to achieve Zero, we should implement proactive street and vehicle design. Not only will that be the most effective solution, but the most peaceful and politically viable as well. 

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If a new auto safety technology will save lives, then it is our responsibility to implement it in as many cars as possible. The problems begin when drivers rely on the various dings, beeps and buzzes that warn them of a problem instead of remaining vigilant behind the wheel. Until self driving cars become a reality, we shouldn't let car culture devolve into a passive, distracted mess. 

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Yet another reason to lower vehicles speeds in a busy city. Lower speed limits are going to help, but those wide open lanes are too tempting for the speed-obsessed. It's just lucky no one was hurt this time. 

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If this pup can figure out bus routes, timing and etiquette, then so can the rest of us. We should follow her example and take the initiative to take public transportation to our destinations, and not rely on our masters (cars) to get around. 

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Good to see the CHP promoting the 3-foot passing law, but did they really have to draw the cyclist hugging the edge of the road? This gives the idea that that's where cyclists belong, along with road debris and gutters. Maybe their next edition can show the cyclist making full use of the lane. 
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"Slow down and pass safely" on page 7 of the just published 2015 California drivers manual.
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Forget Jaguar, take a look at Volvo! Using cameras that can see around corners will be much more instrumental in protecting pedestrians and bicyclists than a see-through pillar. Let's hope all this tech makes it to market soon. 
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