When I read Lou Lombardo’s Care for Crash Victims email this morning, it reminded me of what I keep thinking about the proposed underride rule. . . the regulatory analysis needs to include the cost of the lives lost (and injuries sustained) in the past — all the years of too-weak or non-existent guards even when they knew that better could be made — and all the lives which could be saved into the future.
What conclusions would the analysts then draw? Would they deem spilled blood too great a price to pay?
Dear Care For Crash Victims Community Members:
As we think about Benefits and Costs we need to think about Who gets the Benefits and Who gets the Costs. People’s lives vs. Corporate monies.
Think about the power of Presidents and their responsibilities as OMB is a key arm of government in the White House.
See OMB Draft Report at
Imagine an Executive Order directing the Justice Department to require all settlement agreements to include payments to the government commensurate with the costs in lives lost in the past and projected into the future – and the benefits of sentencing executives to the elimination of vehicle violence forevermore – Vision Zero.
Thanks, Lou, for your always-thoughtful questions and comments.