Table of Contents

Safety & Other

65. Sidewalks

Sidewalk ownership and maintenance should be a local government (usually city) responsibility. Homeowners should not need to contribute to any sidewalk maintenance costs, nor should they be held liable their falling into disrepair (unless the adjacent property owner was responsible for such damages). However, homeowners or business owners adjacent to the section of sidewalk in disrepair should take it upon themselves to call the responsible agency to report the condition of the sidewalk. (Anyone who notices that any public property is in disrepair should, as a responsible citizen, take it upon themselves to call it in.)

Perhaps to make the maintenance of sidewalks easier, they should be built into prefabricated standard-sized slab sections which are 2 meters long and 150 centimeter wide. (This should be the standard width for residential sidewalks.) All sidewalks should be built with strong, crack-resistant, and durable materials including rebar or possibly using other materials or techniques. They should be built in such a way that ensures their extreme durability.

Sidewalks constructed in this manner could easily be removed by either a group of workers using manual cranes or a crane mounted on a truck parked on the street along side the segment of sidewalk needing repair. The sidewalk’s subsurface could then be releveled by having workers cut any offending roots, fill in soil, etc. Furthermore, access to underground utility lines or other infrastructures could be more easily obtained with this system of sidewalk construction. When the workers are finished, they simply replace the same segment of sidewalk. If the slab is in need of replacement, they could just replace it with another slab, since they would all be of standard dimensions. Though normally utility lines run underneath the street surface, it is often frustrating to have the street cut up and patched (and living with the street scars for many years) to fix something below. But of course there may be many other obstacles near and under sidewalks like individual home utility feeds, tree roots, beautiful parking strip landscaping (including trees), etc., that would be practical inhibitions. But maybe with better long-term planning (placing sidewalks immediately adjacent to the curbs of streets), such a reality could occur.


66. Require Inspection of All Vehicles Before Entry into US

All vehicles (planes, trains, ships, motor vehicles, etc.) and their cargoes (all shipping containers, bulk payloads, etc.) traveling to the US from abroad must be inspected immediately upon arrival in the US to insure that no illegal goods or exotic species are being transported, either intentionally or accidentally. The shipping companies will be responsible for paying the costs of these inspections.


67. On-Demand Passenger & Cargo Lists at All Times During Transport

The operators of all transportation systems, (buses, trains, ships, airplanes, etc.) whether they are commercial or nonprofit, civilian or military, (with some exceptions, such as during emergencies or wartime rush situations) should be required to be able to provide, at all times during the trip, a complete manifest list of all people (passengers and crew) and cargo aboard any of their transportation vehicles.


68. Collision Warning Devices for Precious Cargo Vehicles

Ships and airplanes, especially those carrying dangerous or precious cargo (including all passenger craft), should have a collision warning system that would notify the navigators of such craft when they are on a collision course with objects such as sandbars, mountains, and other ships or airplanes.


69. Government Mandated Transportation Operations

Airlines, trains, and all other businesses involved in human transportation should be required, in the event of an approaching natural disaster, such as a hurricane, to keep, for example, their scheduled flights operating for as long as safely possible or until the airport or other essential transportation infrastructure is closed. If the owners of planes, trains or other transportation vehicles declare their preference to the government that they do not wish to send their vehicles to service such areas the company deems too risky, but the government requires them to continue service anyway, the government should be required to guarantee the owners of the vehicles full compensation for any and all direct and indirect economic damages caused to the vehicle and company, including compensation for lost profits that would likely have been earned by the damaged or destroyed vehicle for a period of up to 12 months after the event.

This policy will help result in fewer people left stranded at the last minute forcing them to endure a natural disaster such as a hurricane at the airport, which may not be set up to adequately shelter so many people. Companies who have been found to try to take advantage of this government guarantee by not making a reasonable effort to get their equipment out of the danger area, after ordered into service, should be charged with theft or attempted theft.


70. Power Windows

All automotive power window switches should be designed so that they cannot accidentally be pressed and cause a window to close.


71. Tickets Should Have Complete Instructions

All traffic or other tickets issued for violations of the law should have either detailed instructions listed somewhere on them for the options available to resolve the ticket or they should have a website, telephone number or other easily found reference for finding detailed instructions on the options.