Recent Streetsblog USA posts about “Accidents”

The Oregonian: Run a Red Light and Kill 3 Kids? “Just a Tragic Accident”

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In February, a pickup truck driver in suburban Eugene, Oregon, ran through a red light at 40 miles an hour, killing three children — 4-year-old Tyler Hudson, 5-year-old McKenzie Hudson, and 8-year-old John Day — and critically injuring their mother. The family was walking with the right-of-way in a crosswalk, returning from getting ice cream. The response to this […]

Even When a Driver Intentionally Causes Mayhem, Media Call It an “Accident”

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The New York Police Department stopped using the term “accident” to refer to car collisions because it conveys the “connotation that there is no fault or liability.” In the press, however, “accident” remains standard practice, even when a driver rams another person on purpose. The Safe Roads Alliance, an organization that promotes safe driving, tracked down […]

Is This Anti-Speeding PSA Too Real for America?

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Wow. This public safety spot from New Zealand really brings home how decisions we casually make while driving can have grave consequences. The PSA questions the whole idea that traffic violence is somehow unavoidable, the result of fate more than human error. In the United States the notion that traffic collisions are nothing but tragic […]