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Thanks to Cliff modifying the game slightly in the last (1.11) patch, adding to the main simulation variables (eg, crime) is now much easier and doesn’t tamper with the users settings! As such I’m starting to build the mod detailed below to see how straight forwarding slotting extra values into the game really is.
and was wanting any suggestions and/or comments people might have.
The mod will include several elements. The main one of which will be the new “Road Safety” simulation value. This is made worse by high levels of car usage and improved by better roads, speed cameras, police etc. Low safety will lower lifespan, upset Motorists and Parents, increase the chance of the “Gridlock” situation, increase the chance of “Hospital Overcrowding” situation and slightly damage GDP.
Points to consider:
Would the “Emissions Limits” policy slightly improve safety (with high inertia) as lower emissions could translate into less powerful cars?
Same question for “Car Tax” and “Petrol Tax” but because owners will buy cheaper vehicles for less tax and drive more carefully to save on fuel?
Would “Subsidised School Buses” improve safety as there would be less foot traffic and stop/go driving around schools to cause accidents?
In addition to this I was considering the following as a starting point:
Driver Licensing - Set how strict your driving license procedures are (age limits, etc). Higher settings will improve safety, lower driver numbers, upset Motorists and Liberals(?) and cause a small increase in crime (because of unlicensed drivers).
Traffic Police - Extended spending on dedicated traffic police. Improves Saftey, but higher settings would annoy Motorists and Liberals(?).
Illegal Drivers - Caused by high settings for “Driver Licensing” (above) and “Car Tax”. High levels of “Car Usage” also make this more likely. Essentially lots of drivers without a license, tax, insurance and all the other legal bits that are required. Increases crime, upsets Motorists, Conservatives(?) and Parents(?). Costs you money.
Ban the use of Mobile Phones while driving? - “Yes” improves safety, cheers up parents and upsets motorists and liberals. It would also increase crime as people will disobey the law.
Any comments and suggestions please!