Tuesday, May 10, 2005
The Dumbing-Down Of America
NHTSA was concerned a new regulation could increase injuries because many motorists lack training in using the devices.
Holy fuck. So, someone who's trusted with operating a 7,000 lb vehicle that's capable of towing the average house around the block can't be counted on to operate a fire extinguisher in a safe manner? God help us.
Seems to me that carrying a fire extinguisher in one's vehicle should be a matter of personal responsibility, anyways, just like carrying an adequate jack and a reasonable first-aid kit. While it's highly unlikely that many lives would be saved by such a thing, having an extinguisher handy in each one sure would be nice the next time a small grass fire or something similar pops-up.
OTOH, I have one in every car I drive.