Encouraging suicide

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Advertising cars should be forbidden – just like advertising of tobacco products. In a tranquil weekend of death a chunk of our best youth has disappeared.
9 young people aged between 17 and 30. Not for a tragedy. Just for a fatality. For the sale of the myth of speed. Pushed out just as heroine is pushed. But in the light of day. With the complicity of the media. In the “Car” Section of the Corriere della Sera today:
“Class R Mercedes…. With innovative concepts that combine refined design, comfortable driving and the possibility to go anywhere… the Amg V-Max version is able to reach a speed, limited by the power of the car, of 275Km per hour.”
And in the article: “Tested by the author” there’s glorification of the “Principessa Mégane, power without inhibitions” that has the “maximum speed of 236 km/h from 0 to 100 km in 6.5 seconds”.
45% of advertising is for mobile phones, 45% for cars with big engine capacity. The remaining 10% is for finance products. You get into debt. Buy a car and a mobile phone. And you have a crash while you are talking on your phone at 200 Km an hour. The repayments are left for the heirs to pay back.
Minister Bianchi thunders about “points on the driving license for youngsters under 18 who drive motorcycles and minicars”. Why doesn’t he put the brakes on tricycles? The youngsters aren’t the issue. The over-18s need to be removed from the market, not the under-18s.
The adult producers of cars and their managers. The editors and those publicizing hallucinating speed.
What’s the speed limit in Italy? 110, 130? OK. If a car goes faster, it should be withdrawn from the market. Anyone giving it publicity is committing the crime of encouraging suicide. And they must go to prison.

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Speed doesn't kill.

Stupidity does.

It's more dangerous an idiot that cuts everybody out at any speed than an experienced driver on a fast car.

The point is that there is a lack of proper education to that tool which is called "car".

On top of it, there will be a witch hunt on speeders that will be guilty of passing the limit of just 5mph.
This is simply retarded.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | February 28, 2007 11:51 PM


Eh! ma io da sempre lo dico!!!

ho studiato grafica pubblicitaria a scuola.. e me lo son chiesta prima sta cosa.. che non mi faceva senso che ci fosse un limite stradale ed una delle cose che viene enfatizzata e proprio la velocita'!

Posted by: Francesa Gavelli | February 28, 2007 09:24 AM


Dear Grillo,
I failed to follow your logic, and I think you missed the point: people who drive a car @ 200km/h
on regular/highway roads are not less "irresponsable" individuals that the ones who build them.They complement each other.
They cannot possibly be martyrs.
People who let themselves drive litterally by pure 'testosterone', usually leave their brain behind, but that should not prompt the rest of us
to do the same !

Posted by: Peter Westbrook | February 27, 2007 09:23 PM


English model funcs!(law must be hard to be right)

Posted by: Girolamo Segni | February 27, 2007 06:30 PM


Dear Beppe, I strongly disagree, this is pure demagogy, fast cars are not the problem, they may be useless, expensive and polluting toys for adults, but here is who sits in front at the steering wheel the problem, who takes the responsability to take himself on the road along with his passengers.
Like any other car, 300KPH cars stand still when nobody is driving them, they can travel at 50 in the cities like any other car, 90 in the extra-urban streets and 130 in the highway LIKE ANY OTHER CAR.
Even car advertisments should not be blamed for people dying in our streets, should be a matter of self-judgement to realize that an advertiment is just an advertiment, and I find ridiculus to consider car advertising as bad as cigarettes or alcohol advertising..
Youngsters dies in our roads because they like to fuck their mind, no matter with what, cocaine, ecstasi, alcohol, or simple stupidity, that's what really kills, STUPIDITY and diseducation.

Posted by: Marco Ingrosso | February 27, 2007 03:08 PM


Dear Grillo,

I agree with you that advertising fast cars that can even run twice as fast as the maximum legal speed limit constitutes an invitation to commit suicide.

However some speed margin with respect to the maximum legal speed limit is always to be allowed; in case of necessity a driver must be able to escape an unexpected contingency.

In my opinion a hard limiting device that is context dependent should be considered as the ideal candidate for equipping all (new and old)cars.

If a car is hard limited to not exceed by more that 20% a speed limit (and some acceleration, of course) that is context dependent (for example 50 Km/h in a city, 90 Km/h in the country, 130 Km/h on the highways) this should greatly reduce the probality of occurence (and the consequences)of car accidents (i.e. personal injuries and casualties).

From a technical point of view such a device, that is very similar to a car navigator, is feasible and cheap (if it is based on current GPS technology or on the future European Galileo navigation system).

It is only a matter of political will. Unfortunately this is not the case of Italy.
EU might succeed in enforcing these devices, not the Italian Parliament........

Best Regards
Luca Cellai

Posted by: Luca Cellai | February 27, 2007 02:46 PM


Why do they not make cars that run on Gas? They could give a discount on the "clean" gas that we use on our homes?

Posted by: John Santilli | February 27, 2007 01:38 PM


Cars shouldnt be allowed to go faster than the country's speed limit.. Why make a car that can do 300Km/h when the limit is 110 or 120Km/h ?

Pointless.

(not electronic limitation either, which can be "fixed")

Posted by: Brian Hall | February 27, 2007 12:56 PM


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