THINGS TO MODIFY
THE "HUMAN" BEHAVIOR
OF TRUCK OWNERS REQUIRES A NEW APPROACH FROM THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM.
At least in Brazil, it is of fundamental
importance to change the judicial mentality, in order to give priority
to the saving of lives. This can be accomplished by a marriage of SAFETY
ENGINEERING CONCEPTS WITH VALUES OF CITIZENS RIGHTS, TO ACHIEVE THE HIGHEST
SAFETY STANDARDS EVERYWHERE - in other words, to use intelligence and apply
safety engineering concepts to daily life.
Traffic can be seen as the movement of "POTENTIAL
KILLING MACHINES." People use these killing machines of course without
any intention to kill. The problem is the unexpected circumstances that
can cause loss of control of the machines. Since humans are in control,
human failures play the most important role.
Vehicles, or the "killing machines," can be
divided into two classes:
when the vehicle collides with a fixed obstacle or with other vehicle,
causing death or injuries to its own passengers or to third parties.
when a vehicle receives the colliding action from another, which as a result
causes death or injuries to the passengers of the colliding vehicle.
Any vehicle can become an obstacle to the
other, if it crosses its desired or accidental trajectory.
Trucks become passive killers when lighter
vehicles collide with their sides or rear ends. Trucks kill even when they
are parked alongside road shoulders.
Trucks kill passengers of light vehicles due
to differences in height and in the resistance of their upper parts at
the rear end or on the sides. This means that trucks do not absorb energy
It is possible and very important to minimize
the consequences of these collisions.
The way to achieve these positive results
is to use correct PASSIVE SAFETY DEVICES. This must be accomplished in
the only way which provides safety in real terms, as put forward below:
"STRINGENT LAW ENFORCEMENT
AND PUNISHMENTS THAT WOULD NATURALLY FORCE TRUCK OWNERS TO GIVE
ABSOLUTE PRIORITY TO PROVIDING SAFETY FOR THIRD PARTIES, INDEPENDENTLY
OF ANY ROAD CHECKS, WHICH PRESENTLY IS NOT DONE. IN THIS IDEAL SITUATION,
TRUCK OWNERS WILL TAKE CARE OF US VERY FRAGILE CAR PASSENGERS...
THIS MUST OCCUR FOR THE BENEFIT
OF THE MAJORITY IN SOCIETY, WHO RIDE IN LIGHT VEHICLES.