The 2013 Smart Car, a Mercedes Benz product sold in the US, is said by Mercedes to be the most fuel efficient non-hybrid car in the US. That may be true, but what the Smart Car is not is fast. Consistently denoted in bold as the slowest car tested by many publications, the Smart Car can barely get out of its own way. It cannot get out of the way of the police as proven by a man in Houston who police say was driving drunk.
Hilariously, the various media outlets who reported on this “High Speed Chase” as many called it, did so with a straight face. In the video below, which is sped up to make it watchable, if you look closely, you will see that during the freeway section of the chase other motorists actually pass the fleeing Smart Car as they go about their normal commute. In order to hype the “High Speed” nature of the chase, one media outlet actually reported the top speed of the allegedly drunk, but environmentally conscious bad boy in kilometers per hour instead of miles per hour in an attempt to exaggerate the speeds. The TV reporter calls the speed “In excess of 100kilometers per hour.” 100kph is about the average speed of a commuter on the way home from work in traffic.
According to media reports the driver has other drunk driving convictions. Perhaps the driver was aware he had a chronic problem and bought the Smart as a way to reduce the danger to the public? If so, that would make him not only environmentally responsible, but in a weird way socially responsible as well. This makes one wonder if the next step in this logic might be for a chronic drunk driver to either choose, or be forced to use a self-driving car like the new Google Prius now in final testing. How would motorists react to a bright pink Prius with a large sticker that says ”Drunk Driver Inside For Your Protection.”
There is nothing funny about drunk driving, but Smart Cars always bring a smile.
Video courtesy of Youtube.com and LearningTo Code
Photo courtesy of the manufacturer