Student Driver Placement

May 2016

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10 May '16 Or Not Preventable Merging four-wheeler mauls truck's fender S hortly before the accident, tractor-trailer driver John Doe was listening with disbelief to a Channel 19 account of a luckless New Jersey carrier being fi ned thousands of dollars by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration because forklift operators weren't wear- ing seatbelts. Huh? Are these enforcement guys nuts? The last time Doe had heard of a forklift fl ipping was back in 1968 during a wild New Year's Eve barrel race between a Clark and a Hyster! At the moment, Doe was mosey- ing along at 55 mph in the far-left lane of three-lane one-way Mutton- butt Road, approaching the intersec- tion with Route 4. The light ahead had just turned green, and Doe's lane was devoid of traffi c. Cautiously decelerating to 35 mph before enter- ing the intersection – where vehicles in the center and right lanes had started to move – Doe suddenly noticed a dull-green Mercury Cougar in the middle lane whose left-turn signal was fl ashing. Whoa! Suspecting that the Cougar intended to leap across his bow onto Route 4, Doe hit the brakes, sound- ed his horn and swerved to the left. But alas, the Cougar's elderly driver, Matty Munchley, was sure she could squeak past the nasty ol' truck, and … WHUMPPO! Oh no! Doe had been struck, with his right front fender sustaining a spontaneous structural reconfi guration. Munchley was OK, albeit mighty miffed. Since Doe contested the warning letter from his safety director for a preventable accident, the National Safety Council's Accident Review Committee was asked to resolve the controversy. NSC quickly ruled in Doe's favor, concluding that there was nothing more he could have done to avoid being pounced upon by the Cougar. ◆ John Doe hit the brakes and swerved to avoid a car cutting in front of him, but the collision damaged his right front fender. Was this a preventable accident?

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