Small vehicles pose a risk

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A separate license?

Most of us grew up on SUVs, but even if we didn't, what about the Town Cars, Impalas and LTDs that we drove?

All those vehicles are as big and as heavy as any of today's SUVs.

Where was the concern in the 1970s when Honda and Toyota hit the market and the first go-carts became street legal?

The reality today is that SUVs are safer and provide more comfort to the drivers.

The risk is not the SUV drivers but the smaller vehicles, which can veer in and out of traffic with impunity.

I suspect Teahen would require a special license for anyone driving a car under a certain size, say Camry or smaller.

They need the education on proper driving distance between vehicles, the effect of weight to horsepower and how fast a vehicle can go in a relatively short period of time.

So Teahen achieves his goal and SUVs are eliminated or their use is restricted and more deaths occur to passengers in smaller vehicles.

What is next, the elimination of pickups, more regulation and expense on businesses, slowing down commerce because big trucks can no longer be driven?

Teahen should focus his efforts on encouraging alternate energy and more energy exploration in the United States to eliminate the dependence on foreign oil.

Let consumer demand determine the size and shape of the vehicles they choose to drive, not more regulation. Unfortunately, political correctness (socialism) has invaded Automotive News.

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