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Old 12-01-2002, 18:38   #1 (permalink)
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Call for limits on powerful cars

DEMANDS for speed limits on powerful cars gained impetus yesterday after a 20-year-old was killed when he drove a stolen Subaru WRX into a tree at 130km/h.

The WRX is the vehicle of choice for Sydney's car thieves, joyriders and ram raiders, because of its handling and acceleration.

But police and public safety community groups want measures to make them less lethal in the wrong hands.

"It is unfair to legitimate owners but maybe we have to speed limit them or look at restrictions to their use on the road," he said. "Do the cars really need to be made so powerful for use in the suburbs?"

Full story at http://www.dailytelegraph.news.com.a...E21302,00.html
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Old 12-01-2002, 18:58   #2 (permalink)
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Imagine if he'd hit the tree at 100km/hr without a seat belt on!!!!

He might not look so flat but he'd still be dead. Where do we draw the line ???

Maybe they should design an ECU that requires a code to allow full horsepower. If not entered you're limited to 50-75% and max 80 klm/hr. That way even if you forget your code you can still drive home. I know there's still plenty of damage you can do @80 but it might be a start.

It would probably encourage more car-jacking though so I don't know where the answer is.
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Old 12-01-2002, 19:16   #3 (permalink)
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You could put it down to Natural Selection.

There will always be car accidents and deaths. Theres always going to be people who travel too fast. No matter how much you screw down speed limits or restrict power, there will always be deaths, pure statistics.
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Oh, same logic as the gun control lobby. Because we have licenced owners of these weapons (car and gun) we should ban them in case someone steals them. Thatw ay the world will be a safer place.

Of course the whole idea of using Police powers to protect the owners of the weapons from theft related crime is not an option is it? Like dishing out real punishment for the scum sucking thieves rather than a good behaviour bond.

Yet another punishment to be worn by law abiding citizens instead of the real criminals..... This country is going to the cats (I like dogs).
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What a beat up!

Just about every car on the road can do 130kph - easily.

Why pick on owners of HP vehicles just because some of them have death wishes.
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Yes this kinda pisses me off when they call for a speed limit on powerful cars who the owners of such cars, takecare of it, are responsible drivers and generally are car enthusiasts.

Yet teh government looks at putting speed limits just to prevent scum, thieves from dieing in a high speed accident. What world are we bloody living in.
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The "daily terror" strikes again. Whats with Newspapers these days ? God, I get better news from big brother. Whinge Whinge Whinge. Vocal minority has a bit*h again. We need (that is, u, me, and the car loving public ie most australians to some extent) an independant politian in either state or federal senate, all these mis-informed bleeding hearts drive me up the wall.

NRMA, the Terror and the Pedestrian Council, please exit stage left.

And if they start on the KW war again, please have a look at japan and see how well their 206kw gentlemans agreement will last over the next couple of years....
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Re: Call for limits on powerful cars

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a 20-year-old was killed when he drove a stolen Subaru WRX into a tree at 130km/h.


God's way of saying that He doesn't like car thieves as well. I hope the tree survived OK.
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Lets ban the car altogether. That'll reduce the road toll !
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Lets ban the car altogether. That'll reduce the road toll !
dido, looks like the WRX are not as "grippy" as people think, it's time for thieves to start focusing on something decent, like XR6T for example?:s6:
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