The Las Vegas crash victim’s automaker, Dodge, and the New York City Speed Improvement Board: On the need for vehicle technology to improve safety on US roads
Toxicology reports show the driver in the Las Vegas crash had cocaine and PCP in his system. He also had a long record of speeding violations, including a traffic stop just weeks before. The NTSB said he was never labeled a repeat Offenders because some of the speeding violations were pleaded down to parking violations.
“It remains the responsibility of all drivers to be alert and engaging in the driving task at all times, and we extend our sympathy to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives,” said the statement from the parent company of Dodge. The owner’s manual stresses the importance of obeying traffic safety laws.
A Dodge Challenger that the driver in a Las Vegas crash killed nine people, including himself, was used in a TV ad by the same automakers as a selling point.
The group said in a statement that vehicle technology can play a role, but they need to continue to focus on driver education and awareness, strong laws and law enforcement, and funding to support these safety initiatives.
Safety advocates say the U.S. lags behind Europe, where speed assistance technology is already widespread. It will be compulsory for all new passenger cars next year.
“That could lead to these types of technologies being troublesome, or we have experienced problems in our own testing,” he said. She thinks the technology might need more development before it is used to regulate speeds on US roads.
Last week, the city announced that it would expand the pilot to include 300 cars, including 50 school buses. The city manages a fleet of more than 23,000 vehicles.
If this is a success, Mayor Eric Adams wants to see it happen to every vehicle in the fleet.
New York City is currently testing a technology that caps the speed of vehicles, which is used in its fleet of municipal vehicles.
The NTSB studied the Las Vegas crash, meeting last month to review its findings. The board called for the use of technology to decrease speeding in all new cars.
“From the car makers, there may not be enough consumer sentiment asking for it. It might not be enough political pressure to ask for it. “Once people start asking for this, maybe it won’t need to be a mandate. But until then, I think that’s probably what it’s going to take.”
“We have a public health crisis, and we have to take action to prevent all of those fatalities and serious injuries,” said Jennifer Homendy, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.
speeding is a major cause of vehicle crashes in the US, and accounted for over 40,000 deaths last year. Speed-related crashes accounted for roughly 12,000 deaths in 2021, the last year for which there are complete statistics, and hundreds of thousands of injuries.
A Tribute to a Single-Family Driver in Nevada: The Sound of Broken Glass and What Happened When They Were Revisited
May said that she has been dealing with this from a lot of different areas. I’m grieving like a lot of things.
People were killed in a motor vehicle crash in Nevada last year. Seven were members of a single family who were riding together in a minivan, including four brothers younger than 18.
May said that the sound of broken glass made her remember. I remember seeing fire. If I didn’t get out, my dog and I were going to die.
She was a few minutes from home when a car flying into an intersection at more than 100 mph smashed into her car.
Screaming loudly: The babies are screaming, but I can’t walk — a lesson learned from Nevada’s office of road safety
“There’s a sound that plays in my head almost every day,” May said. “I hear a lot of women screaming.” It’s like they say “the babies, the babies.” A very loud screeching, terrible sound.”
Since the crash, May says she’s learned a lot about roadway safety. She is working at Nevada’s Office of Traffic Safety. She advocates for better safety systems to include treatment for people who drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“It’s devastating to go from being athletic to using assistive devices and being stared at people asking uncomfortable questions,” May said. I used to be very athletic, when I was younger. I’m not able to even run. I can’t stand for a long time. I can’t walk long distances, or even sit in certain seats.”
Up First Briefing: 4th GOP debate; safety experts want tech to reduce speeding (The Up First podcast for information and analysis from a diverse audience)
Good morning. You’re reading the Up First newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox, and listen to the Up First podcast for all the news you need to start your day.
The smallest group of Republican candidates have participated in debates so far. Former president Donald Trump, who is still the frontrunner, is not attending. The smaller lineup could give participants a chance to stand out. Tonight the candidates will debate in a debate that could affect their legacies.
The war with Russia is causing wavering in funding to assist the Ukrainians. U.S. aid is set to run out at the end of the year, and European countries are divided.
Tommy Tuberville has been out of the military for a long time. He objects to the Pentagon policy that pays for travel for service members seeking abortions, so he has been blocking promotions.
The Case of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish: A Physician’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity
Arlington County police have identified the suspect at the center of a massive home explosion Monday night in Virginia. The home that went up in flames was believed to have been occupied by James Yoo, who police believe is dead. Here’s what we know about the situation.
The first Palestinian who was appointed to work in an Israeli hospital in the 1990s was Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. He believes in equality and peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Abuelaish first spoke with NPR after he lost his wife to leukemia in 2008 and three of his daughters were killed by an Israeli tank shell in 2009. He later moved to Canada and documented his experience in his book I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity. Now, the ongoing war has brought new tragedies: An Israeli airstrike killed 22 members of his extended family last month.