@betajet: This would have the wonderful side-effect of producing more demand for good public transportation, something that would benefit all of us.
I grew up in Sheffield, England -- I think the city was about 400,000 strong at that time. We had amazing public transportation -- predominantly busses (it used to be trams -- my great grandfather was "Chief Inspector Shorland" -- he came up from Bristol circa the very early 1900s with a team of men to introduce the electric tram system to Sheffield -- this was an important position in those days -- working men used to "doff their caps" to him as they passed him in the street -- but we digress...)
You could also catch trains that made local stops. When I was really young, like 6, my mom and dad and I woudl go down to the town center on Saturdays -- sometimes we caught a bus and sometimes my mother drove us in our little car -- sometimes as a treat, me and my dad would take the train back home (we'd get off at the station at the end of Millhouses Park at the bottom of our road).
The bottom line is that I didn't get my first car until I was 30 years old -- I didn't need one because of the great public transportation systems in the UK.
anon wrote: We don't need safer cars, we need better trained drivers.
IMO we just need to enforce safe driving practices and take the driving privilege away from unsafe drivers. This would have the wonderful side-effect of producing more demand for good public transportation, something that would benefit all of us.