The Need to Use Research When Promoting Road Safety

It is both a sad and dangerous fact that the majority of people who use roads — and who doesn’t? — very mistakenly assume that they know a lot about road safety.  However, taken overall, it is a very complex subject about which only a very few top experts even come close to knowing it ‘all’.

The wreckage from the crash that cost James Dean his life. Ironically, this was just after he had made some PSA announcements for the National Safety Council about highway safety.  (Wikimedia Commons)

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Passengers Putting Their Feet on the Dash then Being Injured or Killed by the Airbags

This is something that many people have neither heard of nor even thought about. When the front airbags are triggered, which can happen because of a mere bump to the vehicle at speeds as low as 12mph, those airbags [explode outwards] at between 165 and 200mph. They are most certainly not nice fluffy cushions, and if you have one or both of your feet up on the dashboard at the time, the results will be serious and can even kill you.

Many people ride as passengers with their feet up on the vehicle’s dash. Do you? Sadly, it’s a very common sight on America’s highways, but even just a 12mph bump to the front of your vehicle can trigger the airbags and if they go off, you WILL be badly hurt or killed. (Copyright image, 2016.)

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Four Teenage Girls Killed in a June 2019 NE Crash — but Alcohol is NOT the Only Issue

11:12pm, June 17, 2019.  180th and Platteview Road, Papillion, Nebraska.

The five occupants of the crashed Ford Fusion.  Only one survived.  [Submitted photo.]
According to a Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office press release of July 16, 2019, a Ford Fusion, being driven by Abigail Barth (16), was heading east along Platteview Road at an estimated speed in excess of 90mph when it left the roadway and “ultimately came to rest in a creek and caught on fire. Tragically, four of the five occupants of the vehicle were killed in the crash.”
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Teen driver gets 3 years in 118 mph prom weekend crash that killed his friend

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Alexis “Lexi” Faye (17) NJ

 

Alexis Faye (Courtesy of Briana Moffat)

Around 5:30pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019, a teen driver crashed a Mercedes sedan at 118 mph in a 40 mph limit at Greendale Road, Fredon, NJ, resulting in the death of his friend Alexis “Lexi” Faye.

The driver has now been sentenced to three years in a state youth detention facility after pleading guilty to death by auto and violating a public safety law resulting in serious bodily injury.

RS-USA Comment:  Beyond the unspeakable tragedy of this incident, it is high-time the media — such as Fox News this time — became responsible enough to report such events as crashes, not accidents.  The driver on this occasion most certainly cannot claim that his alleged speed of 118 mph in a 40 mph limit is somehow “accidental,” or that the fact he then lost control of the vehicle, which ran off the road and rolled over, is somehow “accidental.”

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Memorial Page – Katie Berg, Caitlin Scannell, Sabrina Stahl (WI) Speed

Katie Berg (16),  Caitlin Scannell (17) and Sabrina Stahl (15)

These young people were killed in a crash caused by excessive speed, on Beechnut Drive, Campbellsport, Wisconsin, on February 4, 2012.  They were three of the nine girls in a Chevrolet Tahoe which went slightly airborne on a hill crest then slewed off the road, through a ditch, and rolled over repeatedly.

They were, in the words of one of the survivors, just “having fun” going fast.
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Memorial Page – Paul J. Miller, Jr. (21)

Paul J. Miller

August 3, 1988 — July 5, 2010

 

Road crash victim Paul J. Miller, Jr., killed on July 5, 2010.

At 3pm on Independence Day, 2010, Paul Miller hugged and kissed his mom Eileen farewell for what neither could possibly know would be the last time.

Paul was heading out to a party and ended up spending the night with friends, then headed for home the next morning, via PA State Route 33.

Paul’s thing in life was baseball and his passion was for the Yankees.

Eileen says that she always knew he was going to play for Lackawana College when he got there, but he knew by then that he was never going to play for the Yankees because he said “I’ve really got to buckle down and I’m just going to stick to my academics right now…”  Eileen knew when he said this that he had become a man.

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Memorial Page – Anna Schroeder plus Victims from U.S. Route 219, NY

Anna Schroeder

June 15, 1995 – Sept. 8, 2013

 

A pretty memorial to Anna Schroeder is now the only one visible on U.S. Route 219, between Springville and Ellicottville, Western New York.   But this road has a very grim history.

Roadside memorial to Anna Schroeder, Route 219 south of Springville, NY.

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