3 comments to “Blind Spots in Police Reports Hamper Efforts to Curb Deadly Crashes, Study Says”

  1. BNatural

    Double fatality my daughter her friend both 16, major major trucking company in every city in the nation. All data wiped, no black box data, no ERD, no drivesafe video even though driver said working on pre route checklist. Obstacle in road not recorded on accident report, yet thru my investigation have local DA saying the obstacle is what began chain of events leading up to kids death. Also, lead investigating officer on dashcam I researched and found called unit to open road and take trash and throw into ditch so no accidents or anything would happen, “Note did not say pickup and keep as evidence to investigate, or to throw away but to litter and discard evidence bags of trash”. So much more collusion unbearable, as the kids were in school with hundreds of friends, who had the right to know the facts not lies they printed in paper boy not wearing seatbelt I researched and he was driver of truck even said it on his deposition recording 2 times! They lied, to poor all guilt on boy, hid evidence did not report things correctly, and the driver’s blood sample had no chain of custody and they still can’t prove that driver even had a blood test but it was certified by state forensic lab!

    We need an independent agency to investigate collisions and no one on either side of collision should be allowed to touch anything at fatality collisions except the independent agency. Corruption exists when we lay all power in the hands of a few, we must take away this power they are out of control.

  2. Matthew Mabey

    Until NHTSA requires that the event data recorders on all new cars be standardized so that the police could use a single device to download the data, it is nonsense to expect the police to be able to collect this data. Once NHTSA establishes a mandatory standard, it will then take a number of years before a significant fraction of the light-duty vehicle fleet is so equipped.
    Even then, NHTSA explicitly defines event data recorders as excluding audio or visual data regarding what is going on in and around the car. Most automobile crashes are the product of human error (aka people being stupid). Much of the time people won’t admit to what they actually did that led to a crash. If we want to understand what causes crashes, we need to be recording what people are doing. I’m not necessarily advocating such a measure. I’m just pointing out what data is truly needed to increase our understanding.
    Frankly, I think that the time and money that might be spent on elaborate crash investigations would yield more benefit if it was focused on enforcement. If people were much more likely to get tickets for speeding, illegally using handheld devices while driving, not using their turn signals, running red-lights and stop-signs, tailgating, and a number of other indications of reckless, careless, low-skill, or inattentive driving, then two things would start to happen. First, poor drivers would start to be identified for remedial action (e.g. education or eventual loss of driving privilege). Second, more people would focus on being better drivers. As it currently stands, enforcement is so rare as to be completely ineffectual. Today, even the police drive like dolts, on and off the job.

  3. Louis V. Lombardo

    Thanks for this excellent article.

    The spots are blind because the government does not want to see the problem.

    See Clarence Ditlow’s talk about this problem at http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=16672

    The Washington Post has on its Masthead “Democracy Dies in Darkness”. And people die too when government is controlled by auto companies. Currently more than 100 Americans die and about 400 suffer serious injuries on an average day in the U.S.A. today.

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