Fast Company reports:
The traffic signal on North Las Vegas’s North Commerce Street had been red for at least 29 seconds, but the Dodge Challenger did not slow down. Instead, it flew through the intersection with Cheyenne Avenue at 103 mph, almost three times the 35 mph speed limit. Carnage ensued.
The crash that occurred on January 29, 2022, was horrific. The Challenger, driven by Gary Dean Robinson, slammed into the right side of a Toyota Sienna minivan crossing the intersection. Robinson and his passenger were killed, as were all seven people in the minivan (including four children).
Over 100 Americans die in traffic collisions on an average day, but 9 fatalities from a single incident is exceptional. Crash investigations are typically handled by local authorities, but in this case, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also launched one of its own.
The NTSB cannot make new laws and regulations, it can only advise the departments that do make the laws. After investigating a three-vehicle accident that happened in Las Vegas in January 2022, the NTSB is again recommending a few measures to curb speeding, one of them being the “need for intelligent speed assistance (ISA) technology and countermeasures including interlock program for repeat speeding offenders.”
The NTSB’s comprehensive, multiply-redundant approach to tackle speeding would have Intelligent speed assistance technology (ISA) installed in new vehicles to give drivers passive warnings about driving above the posted limit or take active measures to reduce the vehicle’s speed to the posted limit. This is the third time since 2017 the agency has suggested new measures inside and outside a car to limit speeding.
Per the NTSB, one-third of auto fatalities involve speeding. California police issue an average of 3000 tickets per month for driving faster than 100mph. The feds are also taking an increasingly dim view of “race track” advertising that touts a vehicle’s ability to reach extreme speeds.
You shouldn’t be driving over 100 mph — and your car shouldn’t let you https://t.co/WLB3vdU252
— Fast Company (@FastCompany) November 18, 2023
You know what car tech would definitely reduce crash deaths?
No, not autonomous vehicles. Speed governors that prevent drivers from drastically exceeding speed limits.
— David Zipper (@DavidZipper) November 15, 2023