Fast, furious, deadly: Why do we idolize cars that kill?
Speeding is to blame for nearly a third of B.C.’s road fatalities, but that doesn’t stop buyers from snapping up luxury sports cars and praising their horsepower. (CBC)
In a glitzy Vancouver showroom, spectators ooh and ahh, eyes and phones glued to the luxury Lamborghini glinting under the spotlight.
It tops 300 km/h, and it fits the whole family.
Bystanders at last week’s unveiling went so far as to call luxury cars like the Urus, which goes from zero to 100 km/h in a blistering 3.6 seconds, a “necessity” for Vancouver, with its rugged mountain roads.
The Urus could appeal to new buyers in one of the brand’s best markets, combining horsepower with the roominess, versatility and entertainment of a typical family vehicle, said Lamborghini COO Alessandro Farmeschi.
Lately, police have been keeping an eye on speeders with photo radar: cameras that capture speed over a short distance.
Officers also keep track of accident-prone areas and work with engineers to install speed bumps or roadblocks, such as planters, to slow traffic.
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