With tomorrow being Halloween, we find it appropriate to remind our readers of the importance of safe driving. Children from across the metro area will be dressed up to canvass neighborhoods in search of candy tomorrow evening. With so many little ones on the streets, drivers should take extra precautions so that kids will make it home safely.
The goal of producing an autonomous vehicle is arguably on the agenda of every major automaker in the world. Based on a number of media reports regarding the next wave of safety measures, it appears that several automakers are on their way to reaching their goals. In many 2014 models, more cars will feature crash avoidance and lane integrity systems, which could be precursors to autonomous vehicles.
A recent online news source reporting on a Joint Commission warning included an image that seemed unreal. The image was that of an x-ray of an individual’s chest. Nestled under the ribcage was the stark image of a pair of surgical scissors. And, no, this image was not a product of Photoshop.
In the 1980’s, drunk driving became a national safety issue and a number of social campaigns were created to change the culture of drinking and driving. In the past few years, distracted driving has garnered the same national attention, and legislatures around the nation passed laws banning texting while driving (or in some cases) talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel.
The adage, "asleep at the wheel" probably conjures thoughts of an absent-minded driver not paying attention to his or her surroundings. (For some, it may bring back memories of the 1970's country music group.) Regardless of what you think of, the image of airline pilots being asleep in the cockpit while the plane is in flight cannot be comforting.