After the Nevada crash, federal accident investigators want cars to warn drivers if they are speeding

After the Nevada crash, federal accident investigators want cars to warn drivers if they are speeding

DETROIT (AP) — Federal accident investigators want automakers to install systems on all new vehicles that warn drivers when they exceed the speed limit, and are asking safety regulators to figure out how states could electronically limit speeds on vehicles driven by repeat traffic offenders. .

The National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations to combat excessive speeding came after a hearing on Tuesday In the January 2022 accident (North Las Vegas, Nevada). In that accident, the driver of a Dodge Challenger with a long speed record ran a red light at 103 mph (166 km/h) and collided with a pickup truck, killing himself and eight others.

The board, which can only make recommendations and has no regulatory authority, determined that the Challenger driver’s excessive speed and failure to obey a stop sign and red light caused the accident. His disability was contributed by cocaine and PCP. But it also found that Nevada failed to seriously punish the driver after he was charged with five speeding violations in the 17 months before the accident.

Some violations were reduced to parking tickets in plea deals, and neighboring courts were unaware of the rash of driving problems at other courts, the board said.

“Nevada must do better about eliminating silos of neighborhood courts and sharing information,” said Board Member Michael Graham. “The State of Nevada failed to hold the driver accountable.”

The problem of one court not knowing what another court did with a repeat traffic offender occurs in other states as well, NTSB staff said. They said that unless court data is widely distributed, it will be difficult to impose punishment on repeat offenders.

The Council recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration develop measures to reduce repeat speeding offenders and develop guidelines to help states test speed limit devices on vehicles owned by repeat offenders. It also recommended that states develop methods to identify chronic speeders and reduce repeat offenses.

NHTSA would be required to require, as standard equipment on all new vehicles, “intelligent speed assistance systems” that use cameras and mapping to determine the speed limit and, at a minimum, warn drivers when it is exceeded. The council also discussed pushing states to install active systems that make it harder for a repeat offender to speed, or limit speeding altogether.

The accident, which occurred on a weekend evening, killed the 59-year-old Driver with a history of traffic and criminal offenses His 46-year-old passenger was in a Dodge Challenger that investigators found speeding before running a red light and colliding with a Toyota Sienna pickup truck.

Three other vehicles were damaged in a serial collision at a busy, multi-lane intersection. In all, 15 people took part, including a 31-year-old woman who was seriously injured but recovered. She participated in planting a memorial tree a year later.

The seven deceased family members range in age from 5 to 35 and lived in North Las Vegas. The woman who The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported She lost four children, two stepchildren and a younger brother in the accident and quickly raised $300,000 through a GoFundMe account before closing the fund.

An autopsy found that the driver who caused the crash, Gary Dean Robinson of North Las Vegas, had levels Cocaine and PCP in his system Higher than the levels at which Nevada law states a driver is presumed to be intoxicated. He had a long history of traffic and criminal offenses, including speeding, and served time in state prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to felony cocaine possession and a probation violation, records showed.

A few days before the accident, Robinson pleaded guilty in Las Vegas to a charge of speeding Review Journal reported. He was fined $150.


Associated Press writer Ken Ritter in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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