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On why SUVs and minivans should be against the law.


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I wonder how many OEN readers own SUVs or minivans. If so, you'll become defensive when I assert that you should not be sharing the roads with regular-sized and compact vehicles. You own WMDs. My father was killed in a sedan hit by an SUV and my brother was maimed. Both accidents I've been in in my life, neither one my fault, have involved "maxi-taxis" that have hit me. In one case damages totaled $5,000; in the other my vehicle was totaled. I was injured both times but obviously not killed.

SUVs are fun to drive. Used to be, those in need of maxi-taxis had station wagons that worked just fine, even with maxidogs in the rear space. Gas=guzzling SUVs block vision in parking lots and parking places, making the driving experience even more dangerous than it was.

I remember when they became popular, after that highway pursuit of O.J. Simpson in L.A., evading the cops in his Ford Explorer. When was that--1996? Reminds me of how videocameras became popular after that woman murdered her two young sons by shoving them into a lake trapped in a car. The videos shown from coast to coast of idyllic family scenes preceding the atrocity caught on and boosted the business astronomically.

So don't say that crime doesn't pay.

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. Her original website, WordsUnLtd.com, first entered the blogosphere in 2003. She recently became an editor for Opednews.com. She has in the past taught (more...)

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