More responsibility all around
Watch car ads. The more expensive cars tout the fact that they will wake up the driver if the driver nods off, adjust speed if the driver is following too close and even park themselves.
If I'm too tired or inattentive to do these tasks, I should not be driving. I consider it my responsibility to watch on and off ramps and ahead of me for merging traffic at all times - and I consider it my responsibility to watch for pedestrians, particularly in city areas.
I do believe that as a pedestrian, it's important that I use all of my senses when crossing streets. Look before you cross the street and turn off the music so you are aware of your surroundings. I believe that there is equal responsibility in most negative car/pedestrian incidents. As my parents used to say, as a pedestrian, you may have the right of way but if you aren't paying attention to the traffic, you may be dead right.
When it comes to hybrid cars, there is one segment of the population for whom I would suggest hybrid owners be especially vigilant - blind and visually impaired pedestrians. I know many blind and visually impaired adults who get around their cities just fine but they have admitted that they rely heavily on their ears to let them know that it is safe to cross - and hybrids have made that more difficult.
Legislation won't fix that. Vigilance and sensitivity on the part of drivers will.
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