Author Archives: Mary Schiavo

How fast is too fast for big rigs, buses? DOT proposes mandating reduced speed – but needs driver input

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Who among us hasn’t been startled by a large truck or bus whose driver appeared inattentive or was driving way too fast on the highway? If you lived to complain about it, consider yourself lucky. For thousands each year, these occurrences have deadly consequences. According to a recent proposal from the U.S. Department of Transportation, speed-limiting technology and new federal safety regulations may be the quickest, most reliable way to slow trucks and buses down across the board, saving lives — and dollars spent on fuel.

Baby on Board? Pregnant passengers should ask their doctor — not their airline — whether it’s safe to fly. And by the way, where is the baby a citizen?

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The birth of a baby girl on board a Cebu Pacific flight last week made international headlines and was met with well wishes and an airline gift of one million frequent flier miles for the baby. Despite delivering several weeks before her due date, the mother and baby are reportedly doing well. The flight crew nevertheless decided to divert the Dubai… Read more »

Amusement parks: Stop pretending we’re above the law when we’re talking about the laws of physics

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There is nothing more tragic than the preventable death of a child. My heart aches for the family of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was tragically killed August 7 on the world’s tallest waterslide, the Verrukt, at Kansas City amusement park Schlitterbahn.

Remembering ValuJet Flight 592 — and how its legacy lives on

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Twenty years have passed since a DC-9 operated by budget carrier ValuJet crashed into the Florida Everglades, taking the lives of 110 people. After months of investigation, the NTSB determined that an illegal shipment of uncapped oxygen generators (secured only by duct tape) fueled a cargo fire which included tires and other ValuJet company materials, and brought down the Atlanta-bound airliner shortly after takeoff from Miami International Airport on May 11, 1996. The NTSB never determined the ignition source that started the fire.