Car accidents cast a long shadow across the American landscape. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated that in 2005 the impact of crashes involving motor vehicles in the U.S. at $41 billion. The ten states account for half of this total, and Tennessee, unfortunately made it into the top ten, with $1.15 billion.
Police officers are given authority to violate many traffic laws when they are responding to emergencies. They can travel at high speeds, weave in and out of highway lanes and run red lights. At the same time, they have an obligation to keep the safety of the public paramount in their minds.
As summer drifts into fall here in Knoxville and the evenings become cooler, the trees begin to take on their marvelous colors. Whether you drive up to the Great Smokey Mountains or down I-75 to visit relatives in Chattanooga, the trees remind you that the season is changing and winter is on its way.
Automobile automation seems on the one hand like the Holy Grail. With more than 30,000 deaths on the highway every year, and a substantial number of those death due to human error and negligence, an autonomous vehicle seems like it should be the answer to all of our problems.