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Unformatted text preview: " a step forward." Yet the agency's official position is that it will take no position. The CDC proclaims the science is too new, debates about methodology "detract from the real issue," and we shouldn't focus so much on obesity deaths anyway. Funny. It didn't have any of these quibbles when it announced the 400,000 number and said obesity would soon become the number one cause of preventable death. It's said that a lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Well, the truth about obesity is finally lacing up. And that's bad news for trial lawyers pursuing obesity lawsuits against food and beverage companies as well as the self -appointed diet dictators seeking extra taxes on foods they don't like. 8|Page Mass Transit Negative BDL Answers to: Car Accidents Add-On [____] [____] New car technology proves trend towards safety measures to pre vent car accidents Washington Times, 2012 (June 10, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/10/safety-measure-lets-cars-talk-to-eachother-to-avo/) It’s also possible for connected cars to exchange information with traffic lights, signs and roadways if states and communities decide to equip their transportation infrastructure with similar technology. The information would be relayed to traffic management centers, tipping them off to congestion, accidents or obstructions. If cars are reported to be swerving in one spot on a roadway, for example, that could indicate a large pothole or obstruction. The constant stream of vehicle -toinfrastructure, or V2I, information could give traffic managers a better picture of traffic flows than they have today, enabling better timing of traffic signals to keep cars moving, for example. Correspondingly, cars could receive warnings on traffic tie-ups ahead and rerouting directions. In a line of heavy traffic, the systems issue an alert if a car several vehicles ahead brakes hard even before the vehicle directly in front brakes. And the systems alert drivers when they’re at risk of rear-ending a slower-moving car. NHTSA has been working on the technology for the past decade along with eight automakers: Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, MercedesBenz, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen. “We think this is really the future of transportation safety, and it’s going to make a huge difference in the way we live our lives,” said Scott Belcher, president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, which promotes technology solutions to transportation problems. [____] 2010 was an all-time low for car fatalities National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2012 (Februrary 9, www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/administration/pdf/Budgets/FY-2013_Budget_Highlights.pdf) In 2010, the number of overall traffic fatalities reached the lowest level in recorded history (since 1949). In 2010, 32,885 people lost their lives on US roadways , a 2.9 percent decrease from 2009 (33,883). NHTSA’s success is attributed to the combined efforts of the various offi...
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