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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Not a recent story, but one so rich with poetry that it deserves further attention:
REM frontman Michael Stipe has urged electric car manufacturers to install loud ringtones in the vehicles – after he was nearly killed by one.
The Man on the Moon singer was left shaken when an silent electric car narrowly missed him in Los Angeles, and predicts the problem will increase with the futuristic transport’s growing popularity – unless music is played to alert pedestrians to their presence.
He says, “It was an electric car! I suddenly thought to myself: ‘This is going to be a big, big problem.’ People will be run over by electric cars all the time. They make no noise. No sound. They’re silent!”
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UPDATE. The deadly menace of electric vehicles has been with us for more than a century. From the August 27, 1904 edition of the Mariposa Gazette:
Harold HAMILTON, a six-year-old boy, was run over by an electric car on Twenty-ninth street Wednesday. The boy was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where the doctors say he has small chance to recover from his injuries. The boy had just come from Modesto with his mother and two sisters and was staying at the house of Peter J. McCORMICK, the deputy Coroner, at 322 Twenty-ninth street. The lad was just crossing the street when a west bound car struck him. He immediately fell under the wheels.