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Record a Death or Avoid it?

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It is certainly sad that Tracy Morgan was injured and tragic that his friend, James McNair (62), was killed by an allegedly sleepy WalMart trucker, Kevin Roper. What is even sadder is that these accidents happen every year and no one seems to pay attention until a celebrity is involved.

NY Senator Charles Schumer, citing the Tracy Morgan accident has pushed for a bill requiring “Black Boxes” to be installed in commercial trucks in order to record driver time and behaviour.

While that serves some purpose it is certainly not the best solution. We now have autos that can consistently avoid uncontrolled lane changes or potentially lethal collisions. Wouldn’t it make more sense to avoid the accident in the first place rather than be able to point fingers at the guilty party post mortem? If we can afford to install these systems in Subaru’s we certainly can afford to install them in Mack’s, Peterbilts and Kenworths.

I think WalMart and other large trucking concerns would save money in the long run by investing in safer transportation systems. They would save lives, save equipment and avoid costly legal battles.

What do you think Chuck? Wouldn’t it make more sense to use technology to prevent disaster rather than record it?

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Written by Jim McNiel

June 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

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