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The Associated Press
Article Launched: 08/19/2008 05:17:21 PM PDT
SACRAMENTO—Electric and hybrid vehicles may be good for the environment, but a California lawmaker says they're bad news for the blind. State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, a Long Beach Democrat, is pushing a bill aimed at ensuring that the vehicles make enough noise to be heard by the blind and visually impaired when they're about to cross a street.
The state Senate approved the bill Tuesday on a 23-12 vote and sent it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not taken a position.
It would establish a committee to study the issue and recommend ways the vehicles could make more noise. The recommendations would be due by 2010.
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The first I heard of this effort was the article announcing the bill had passed.
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Last edited by bwilson4web; 08-20-2008 at 05:22 AM.