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Driver-less Cars: A Problem Coming to a Town Near You
Although trolly problems have attracted a lot of attention, the AV industry has generally avoided comment or been dismissive. When a Daimler AG executive allegedly took a side this fall — reportedly telling Car and Driver that Mercedes-Benz AV would protect passenger at all costs — the company issued a strong denial, saying “it is clear that neither programmers nor automated systems are entitled to weigh the value of human lives.” Daimler added that trolly problems weren’t really an issue, as the company “focuses on completely avoiding dilemma situation by, for example, implementing a risk-avoiding operating strategy.”
Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Nationwide in 2016
Fifty-three officers were killed in traffic-related incidents in 2016, which was 10 percent more than the 48 killed on roadways in 2015. Of the 53 traffic-related deaths, 28 died in automobile crashes, 15 were struck and killed while outside of their vehicle and 10 were killed in motorcycle crashes. Prior to 2016, traffic-related incidents have been the number one cause of officer fatalities in 15 of the last 20 years.
Florida: Fundraiser collects $6,410 for injured Polk Deputy Adam Pennell
Polk County Deputy Adam Pennell hopes to return to work in six months to a year after fully recovering from life-threatening injuries suffered in an Oct. 29 hit-and-run accident while on duty.
Illinois: Disturbing video shows Illinois State Trooper hit by drunk driver
Disturbing video of a drunk driving crash that seriously injured an Illinois State Trooper has been released. Leslie Thurow, 61, is sentenced to 13 years in prison for causing the crash that sent ISP Trooper Michael Cokins and four others to the hospital.
Why EMS needs more protection on roadway incidents
Roadways are the most dangerous scene types for EMS providers and require increased safety measures from hazardous exposure to minimize death and serious injury of public safety personnel. We regularly share news stories of fire apparatus struck while attending a motor vehicle collision, EMS providers struck while tending to a patient and police officers killed after stopping a speeding driver or checking on a disabled vehicle. In late October, a medical helicopter was struck and tipped over in New Mexico by an intoxicated driver who drove around barricades meant to block traffic. The reckless driver also hit a fire truck. No injuries were reported, but we don't know the impact of the transport delay on the patient's outcome. We also don't know the potential impact of traumatic stress on the EMS and fire personnel who were in the midst of caring for a patient when a out-of-control vehicle plowed into their scene.
New Mexico: Helicopter struck by suspected drunk driver near Gallup
McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies say an alleged drunk driver ran through barricades to strike a fire truck and medical helicopter.
Georgia: Bibb firefighter adjusting after life-altering accident
Nearly three years ago on July, 11, 2013, a driver struck Eric John, a Macon-Bibb Firefighter of 24 years, on I-75. It sent his body flying over a median and five lanes, leaving him unconscious.
RSLN Partners with Federal Highway Administration to Offer New TIM Certificate
The Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a certificate in traffic incident management is now available on learning.respondersafety.com.
Ohio: Driver charged with Highway Patrol trooper’s death
Police have charged a man with the death of a Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper. Joshua Gaspar, 37, of Columbia Station, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
Maryland: Maryland agencies, advocates receive $12.5 million to encourage roadway safety
Maryland police and roadway safety advocates won $12.5 million in federal grants to encourage safe driving.