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Hands on the Wheel

How can road safety be better addressed in the USA?

Condolences to those family, friends and folks in our community who knew those young people killed, hurt or arrested in our recent nearby car crashes. These are too similar to circumstances for several kids I knew when growing up in New Milford decades ago, or the same that happened when I was a teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, and, still too frequently, since.  

Sully vs. regular drivers

This year, I attended several traffic safety conferences where the resident experts stated that behaviorism, where drivers, individually or collectively, might prevent their own or others’ highway mayhem, does not work. They showed crash data to demonstrate that highway drivers are error prone and cannot be depended upon for highway safety, and that computer-automated systems should completely replace intrinsic human inabilities. 

Your car: what might save you ... or what might not

Our daily driving should be carefree. For most of us it is, most of the time. The occasional — no, frequent — mishaps that happen “all of a sudden” are operational mistakes of “only a moment in time.”

Are too many drivers asleep at the wheel?

I recently returned from the April 13 World Traffic Safety Symposium at the New York International Automobile Show, a discussion about The Future of Automotive Mobility — Autonomous Vehicle Safety.

The momentum toward more- and fully autonomous cars is inevitable, and safety is the justification. The “how to” deserves a look. The grim statistics are not numbers; those numbers are people.