Target: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Goal: Begin testing driverless cars in order that they may one day become a norm in society
Currently, Oregon legislators are debating passing a bill that will create a program to begin testing driverless cars in the state. Such legislation would be a tremendous help to seniors and people with disabilities, given that driving is often difficult for them and this would make it much easier. Show your support for this bill by signing the petition below.
Representative Sara Gelser was responsible for introducing the bill, having gotten the idea from a blind friend during a conversation about the Mars Rover that led to a discussion about why the same sort of technology couldn’t be used for automobiles. Scientists have actually been testing such equipment for years, and the federal government should have already instituted such technology for public use already.
This bill could represent a life-saving measure. Automobile accidents continue to rank among the leading causes of death in the country on an annual basis. Driverless cars, if properly tested and instituted to those with enough training and experience to handle them, could greatly reduce the number of fatalities.
They could also represent an aid to the lives of seniors and those with disabilities. The government should be working to make life as comfortable and as easy as possible for these people, and instituting properly-tested driverless cars would go a long way toward making that a reality. The Oregon state government needs to think progressively and make passing this bill one of their top priorities.
Call upon Oregon’s governor to take action.
Dear Governor Kitzhaber,
The state government is currently analyzing a bill that will allow for testing driverless cars in the state of Oregon. It will represent a great boon to public safety in the city if the bill is passed and testing is allowed to happen, and eventually create usable driverless vehicles in the state. It will also make getting around much easier for seniors and people with disabilities. For these reasons, you need to make passing that bill a top priority.
The amount of good that driverless cars could do cannot be denied. Your state will be a safer place in which to live, and it will additionally become an easier and more comfortable place to live for many. You need to do whatever you can to ensure that this bill passes.
That will not be the end of the battle, of course; you will need to ensure that proper tests are conducted on the driverless vehicles, and that the people assigned to operate them are qualified. But you need to create an environment where such progress is possible. That will come first through the passing of the bill. Do whatever you can to make it happen, Governor.
[Your Name Here]
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