| > Since I drove Ford LTD police packages since 1978 they handled far
| > better then the Chevy Impala pr Dodge Diplomats. I know from personal
| > experience that they hold up a lot better in a frontal crash then the
| > Dodge Diplomat since I was involved in two head on collisions. Once a
| > drunk cross the center line and hit me and once I rammed a suspect
| > trying to get away that had shot and wounded a fellow officer.
| > Other then the transmissions they out lasted any other make out there.
| > I worked in a small department where at one time up to three deputies
| > shared one car. It was not unusual to have a patrol car with 500 to
| > 600 thousand miles on it before it was retired. It was amazing that
| > we could get that out of the cars since we had a shade tree mechanic
| > working on the cars.
| > I left before the problem with fires accord but I do know one trooper
| > died from burns he sustained when his patrol car was hit from the rear
| > and he was trapped in the vehicle. He would have died in the vehicle
| > if bystanders would not have pulled him from the burning car.
| > Sarge
| Now, I'm not pulling for Ford, nor do I wish to imply any lack of concern
| for an officer who was burned from being rear-ended.
| That said, however, there is an inherit risk involved with carrying
| around 10 to 30 gallons of a potentially explosive liquid, in ANYTHING.
| Add to that inherit risk, fast speeds, lots of energy due to the speed
| and weight of the mediums involved, and your fair share of idiots on the
| road, and it becomes downright scary.
| I feel the original lawsuit is bullsh*t. Even a tank, if hit just right
| could spill fuel and catch fire. It is one of the risks one takes when
| you get behind the wheel and take off down the road with the other ten
| million idiots out there. (In my experiece, that percentage of idiots to
| licensed drivers is probably wayyyyyyy higher.)
| P.S. Speaking of idiot drivers...
| I drive a 7 mile stretch of very curvy, narrow, no-shoulder, state
| highway each way to work. This morning, I was behind a bread truck, and a
| guy in an SUV. We come down a hill around some sharp corners, a nice well
| banked lefty...an off-camber banked righty, another left, oddly banked,
| about a 100 yard stretch...another flat right....after this flat right,
| there begins a minimum-distance passing area on about a 2/10 mile
| straight going up and over a sharp little hill.
| Now, you can see vehicles coming toward you over this little hill as you
| come down the big hill.
| Naturally, as we come down the hill, a vehicle comes across the opposite
| hill onto the small straight. The IDIOT in the SUV, decides he doesn't
| want to follow the bread truck, and whips out to pass him before he even
| gets around the last right hander going onto the straight. About the
| time he gets even with the bread truck, here comes the oncoming car.....I
| thought for sure I was going to witness a fatality. Luckly, the oncoming
| vehicle see's what's going on, and locks it down, as does the bread
| truck. The SUV idiot never even slows down...just whips it back in his
| lane nearly clipping the truck and nearly hitting the oncoming car
| headon....not even a blip of a brake light....sheeshhh...
| It is a shame there is no cell signal in that area....
| You can't 'idiot proof' anything....every time you try, they just make
| better idiots.
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