What’s on my mind today regarding traffic safety. . .

So many things are running through my head that could make up multiple posts. But I will summarize them all here and see what happens with it.

  1. First of all, in regards to the condition of the underride guard on the trailer crash tested on Saturday. At the time when it was purchased for use in the crash test, the underride guard was already in sub-standard condition. Had it been in a collision, it is quite likely that underride would have occurred. And how many other trailers on the road are in similar condition? Something’s wrong with this picture. Witnessed safety defect in action at underride crash tests; this is what snuffed out my daughters’ lives.
  2. In that same post, I asked forgiveness of those who have lost loved ones in underride crashes. I don’t want to be misunderstood. I was not confessing any particular personal failure to address the underride problem because I have done nothing but pursue a solution ever since I found out about it. (Although I, too, have part of  the problem by putting my head in the sand regarding traffic deaths in general.) What I was doing was speaking on behalf of this nation and society and industry and government. I was repenting for our country’s great sin of omission in not doing something to prevent this murderous Death by Underride — especially when it has been known that it needed to be addressed and research has shown that it can be addressed. I was following Daniel’s example when he confessed and repented before the LORD for what his people, the nation of Israel, had done.I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:

    18 Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” 20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God. . .

     

  3. The other thing which I just wanted to mention again is the idea of a nationwide network of Vision Zero Traffic Safety Community Action Groups.  I have observed through my involvement in social media safety advocacy that there are a multitude of individuals and organizations attempting to impact the traffic safety problem. Unfortunately, with a likewise multitude of specific issues upon which they are focusing, efforts to address the problem are fragmented and scattered. It seems to me that if we all come together, at least on some level, we could be more effective.

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