Sunday, February 06, 2005

I'm not the biggest fan of SUVs. I beleive that they contribute to air pollution, speed the wear on our highways, and don't get enough gas mileage to make economic sense.

Yeah, I know, I know! If you're in an accident an SUV will come out the winner. Case in point:

An 8-year-old girl was trying to elude some dogs on her bicycle when she darted out of a driveway and slammed into the front panel of a Ford Explorer on San Antonio's East Side. The girl was taken to a hospital with head trauma, but is expected to be OK.

When I read that, I realized the accident survival rationalization is true! Even when the SUV is parked it injures other people in accidents more than the driver.

Except when you are in a police chase.

At 1 am, Houston police officers tried to pull over the driver of a Chevrolet Blazer. The driver led police on a short chase before he crashed his vehicle when he tried to avoid another officer, who was giving another driver a ticket. That officer was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The Blazer left the road, rolled over and hit a house. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and was killed. A passenger inside the SUV escaped the vehicle and fled the scene.

The moral of the story is, if you're a criminal in an SUV, it's better to be the passenger.

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