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Cut down on accidents with safety features, which cuts down backed up traffic!

There shouldn't be a price on safety but there's a price that has to be paid. It will make Miami and Ford great again!

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People don't pay attention &they don't have the money to get new cars with better safety features. If Ford had a car buy back program, or a special financing feature for people with below average credit, people would purchase, or finance their cars. Teenage Drivers alone are responsible for a vast majority of accidents; they pay attention more to their phones than to the car in front of them. Ford now offers a smart key option for their new cars where parents can set the max speed, call forwarding, and volume control right from their computers while there teenagers are driving a vehicle. Simple, yet needed features like that allow parents to help deter teens from the many distractions they may face while on the road unsupervised. It's a great feature for elderly people who still drive on the road as well. The emergency braking sound and signal is a great feature the new cars have which older ones don't have. Hazards are all around us while driving, a tire can blow &eject into the road, or a car can come to an abrupt stop. With motion sensors in the front and back bumper, which are also used for back up cameras, can help reduce the chance of a crash if the driver is alerted to stop with ample time. Help the people of miami get into a vehicle that can offer a better safety feature. If they have an older model of a ford, upgrade them to something newer, it doesn't have to be free but make it something that can be afforded across the board.

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Hi staresha Lee 

I’m Wilda, one of your community facilitators. Thanks so much for your contribution.

You touched on 2 points:

1: teen driving
The #1 demographic of people involved in car accidents. What would a program like this look like? 2: buy back program An incentive for drivers of Ford vehicles to upgrade to updated models. How other make owners participate?

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Some of Fords new and more popular models, like the Ford mustang and Fusion have a smart key feature built inside of it. The key can be programmed so that the vehicle operates with special limitation when being operated by a teenager. A spare key with a governor, All cars come with key and a spare. The key used by the teen can have restrictions to the top speed of the vehicle, No where in miami does the speed limit exceed 70 max speed. The distractions of outgoing cell phone calls and text messaging (if possible) which would greatly limit cell phone usage; Giving tickets to drivers who are texting doesn't seem to deter teens from taking the risk of doing it. Taking your eyes off the road traveling at 60 mph, a person can easily cover 1/4 of a mile. The volume level of the entertainment system while the car is being driven, which would allow a teen driver to be less distracted and more alert to their surroundings. All of those safety features can be set by the parent right from the comfort of there home on the computer.
To make other owners participate we must advertise how great our buy back program will be, the benefits of driving a Ford, and being part of the Ford family. People are very influenced by what they see on Television and by what their neighbors/friends own. That is what helped us make the decision to buy our first ford mustang in the 90's instead of another Vehicle. Owners of other vehicles if they choose to participate, may not get the same deal as someone who is already part of the ford family and is upgrading to a newer safer vehicle, but moving forward they would be. Other owners can receive a good value for there trade in. Having an in-house financing program for people who trade in their old vehicle for a New Ford would be great if they can get a lower interest rate rather than going through an outside bank.

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staresha Lee 

All very good ideas! Teens really are a challenge to tackle. 1. They need more experience/practice on the road. 2. They need to better understanding of the risks associated with driving.

All of these would be perfect for when we get to the "IDEA" phase in a few days.

So right now, let's focus on CHALLENGES and PROBLEMS.

What areas do you notice the kind of traffic nightmares that plague our residents? What do your commute look like?