Don’t re­quire sprin­kler retrofits

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

To pre­vent our many pedes­trian deaths, we should re­quire all ve­hi­cles to be retro­fit­ted with au­to­matic brak­ing sys­tems.

You say that would be ab­surd? Well, even cra­zier is the pro­posal to force thou­sands of res­i­dents liv­ing peace­fully in older high rises to face the high cost (many thou­sands of dol­lars) and un­due stress of retrofitting their apart­ments with un­sightly sprin­klers that aren’t eas­ily ac­com­mo­dated — all the while know­ing that high­rise fires are ex­tremely rare and the num­ber of lives lost is very, very small com­pared with most other causes (“Panel urges man­dat­ing sprin­klers for 150 con­dos,” Star-Ad­ver­tiser, Nov. 10). Let’s hope that san­ity pre­vails and the City Coun­cil re­jects this out­ra­geous pro­posal to forcibly “pro­tect” res­i­dents from an in­cred­i­bly low-risk “prob­lem” af­fect­ing al­most no­body.

Ge­off Boehm Waikiki

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