Washington, in an effort to save lives, is banning mirrors on cars and trucks
WCNN - Washington State Corespondent
August 13, 2014
Legislation has passed banning mirrors on cars in an effort to make Washington the most nature-friendly state in the country, and the most nature-friendly region of the world. For years PETA, Green Peace, and hundreds of smaller groups have invested most of their capital into lobbing legislature to ban mirrors.
"Millions of innocent bugs die everyday because of mirrors on cars." says Sue Martin, Director of Human-Bug Relations at Humans For Bugs, a Seattle based non-profit. "We want drivers to pay attention and be aware of how many bugs are killed each and every day, and its a message that most tend to ignore - All drivers car about is looking behind them - they've already been there - what's the point?"
Driver groups have released statements combating this legislation saying that "it is imperative we be able to look behind us and see where we have been - everything is moving so fast, sometimes you need a second look."
Auto manufactures are now scrambling to make sure mirrors are easily detachable on shipments going into the state and for any driver planning on driving into Washington from another state. "The cost is certainly a concern, having to redesign our entire mirror design, but we see the benefits to the bugs and their families." said Mark Roubner of Ford Motor Company.
Washington State is giving residents 14 days to comply with the new legislation before making it a primary offense resulting in a maximum penalty of $500 and 30 days on probation. A third offense could bring a potential 30 days in jail, a suspended or revoked license, and a $50,000 fine.