昨天买了份报纸,刚知道这个车祸。。。 1/09/2012 02:38
由麻州副州长撞车案件想到的 2012-01-07 09:21:29


2011年11月2日凌晨五点左右,麻州副州长提姆-莫雷在I-190州际公路上发生重大车祸,他所开的车开下了高速公路,撞在一百多米外的石壁上,车体全部损坏,几乎呈报废状态,但提姆只是手臂上刮破了点皮,身体其它部位没有受伤,并奇迹般地离开了车祸现场 ,在高速公路打电话向高速公路巡警求救。



关于车祸的原因,副州长的解释 是凌晨路上的黑冰(Black Ice)引起的。因为自己系了保险带,也没有超速,开在法定的55MPH限速之内,发生事故时,可能是自己当时睡着了。虽然自己经历接近死亡的考验,索性也没有什么大碍,这件事让州里的办案警察觉得很蹊跷,而这副州长却显得若无其事的样子。这一点让大众感到了不可思议。更奇怪的是,每次新闻记者会时,媒体对副州长的说法质疑时,州长总是打断对方的问话,借口要去工作而搪塞过去了。



警察从那辆事故车的黑匣子里的找到了当天的车况记录,通过数据分析发现,副州长没有讲实话。记录显示,案发时地面没有黑冰,副州长他没有系保险带,而且他超速了,从下路时的92MPH,到撞墙时的108MPH,这是严重超速,几乎是55MPH的两倍。可见这黑匣子还真厉害,全部颠覆了副州长的证词。一个这么清楚的案子,一搁就是两个月,也没有结果。两个月后的今天,警察只给了副州长递上了一个$555USD的罚单。有州民指出,同样的超速违规,自己的车还没有被损坏,他曾经被罚$1500USD。旁人说话:这是警察的事,他想罚你多少就罚多少,肯定是有理由,咱老百姓没得可说了。

到现在为止,什么原因导致了这场车祸,警察没有给出答案。一般人认为,凌晨五点的时刻,他不太能喝酒,有警察怀疑,当时副州长可能在TEXTING,也就是我们所说的发短信或者看微博之类的活动。边开车边发短信,或者写微博确实很危险。于是,警察要求电话公司交出副州长当天的手机记录,未果。可见这么一件貌似普通车祸,到了副州长这里,要调查起来还挺费事的。不得已,这才有了在案发两个之后,警察想以送一个$555的罚单结案。但这回媒体好像不放手,还在跟踪调查,具体结果如何就得听下回分解了。

副州长也发话了,别看我开的是州里的公车,这修车费,6000美元,我自己掏了,不要州里买单。照理说,这辆林肯车应该档次不低,要把一个撞成这样的车子修好,跟买辆新车差别不大,为何他能6000美元就修好了呢?确实,副州长的本事就是不一般。

这个事件从侧面说明了好些问题,如为什么政客有优先权或者优先级来阻止调查,为什么罚款额度不一样等等,因为不知道具体内幕,不好妄加评论。这里最值得一提 的是民众对这件事的心态,大部分人觉得跟自己无关,只是把他的故事当成饭前茶后的笑料谈谈而已。没有什么刁民给政府出难题,大家有耐心,一定要等着政府来处理,就算等它十年、八年的也无妨,相信民选的政府能处理好这件事。毕竟是民主国家,大家的境界就是高,警察说什么,就听什么;州长说工作忙,那就是工作忙,别的人也不好多问了。更说明问题的是,即便是警察有所有的证据证明副州长没讲真话,跟要电话公司要记录,州里就可以打招呼,电话公司就是不给。搞得警 察也没脾气,真是官大一级压死人啊!所以,大的问题,咱们也就别讨论了,还是讨论些鸡毛蒜皮的事情吧!

比如,咱发现有一个问题还是值得讨论:这就是为什么副州长可以在如此惨烈的车祸中平安无事? 私下里跟几个喜欢玩车的人闲聊这件事,为什么副州长在这么大车祸中没有受伤?他们提出的答案颠覆了许多媒体关于安全驾车的宣传,他们认为,这主要是没有系 保险带的原因。如果他当时系了保险带,和整个车体紧紧地捆在一起的话,他早就没命了。保险带真正要保护的是当驾驶员和车一翻滚的情景,这个时候保险带是绝 对有好处的。而在其他场合,如这种平开直撞得车祸,真要跟车捆在一起了,也就捆死了。当然,也有人猜测,因为没系保险带,当车在高速向外冲的时候,他可能 被甩在雪地了,这样救了他一命。整个事件就他一个人知道,他怎么说,大概也就是那样了。

现在看起来,任何东西都是相对,保险带也是一样,有好的作用,也有副作用,关键是看什么时候用,什么场合用。
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作者:bbcc 留言时间:2012-01-07 14:53:24
you forgot the airbags....
ps. re traffic fines, usually those are set by local municipal governments; many cases, on the highways, you turn a bend, it's another city or town or villages or township.....




作者:luo 留言时间:2012-01-07 16:58:43
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray was driving 108 miles per hour just moments before his car sped off the highway and overturned last November, according to a police report released Tuesday.

The report shows Murray, who walked away with only a few scrapes and bruises, may have briefly fallen asleep at the wheel. The report showed no attempt to brake before the accident.

Murray was issued a $555 ticket for speeding, not wearing a seat belt and a lane violation in connection with the pre-dawn highway crash.

Murray said he takes full responsibility for the Nov. 2 accident on Interstate 190 in Sterling, which happened about 5:30 a.m.

“Given the seriousness of the accident I feel lucky to be alive and grateful that no one was injured,” Murray told reporters Tuesday outside the governor’s Statehouse office. “I recognize that I should have been more careful.”

The report appears at odds with comments that Murray made immediately after the accident.

At the time, Murray told reporters that he was driving around the speed limit, was wearing his seat belt and believed the cause of the accident was black ice.

The data gathered by the car’s “black box” moments before and after the accident show that Murray was speeding, was not wearing a seat belt and apparently fell asleep instead of hitting ice. Murray had asked for the information to be released.

The data showed that the state-owned Crown Victoria that Murray was driving was traveling south on Route 190 at speeds ranging from 75 mph to 99 mph before going off the west shoulder of the road.

The car went another 140 feet across the grass shoulder before striking a rock ledge and flipping.

At the time of impact, the car was moving about 92 mph, although the car’s top recorded speed was 108 mph about half a second before impact.

After hitting the ledge the car went another 232 feet south while rotating clockwise and rolling over, according to the report.

The “black box” data also showed there was no braking before impact and that Murray was not wearing a seat belt.

According to the police report, the data suggests that ice was not a factor, as most drivers who strike ice respond by sudden braking and trying to steer the car out of the spin.

“Neither sudden braking nor corrective steering are reflected in this data,” the report said.

The report also said that while it’s not possible to conclude “with 100 percent certainty” the cause of the crash, the data is consistent with a driver falling asleep and not realizing the car had gone off the road until it struck the ledge.

Murray says that he believes the police version, including the explanation that he likely fell asleep. He said he had no recollection of nodding off.

He defended his earlier statements, saying he believed that he had put on his seat belt.

“My recollection (was that) I was wearing my seat belt,” he said. “After I walked away from the accident I certainly thought I was wearing my seat belt.”

He also said that as he left the car after the accident he noticed the icy conditions on the road and assumed that was the cause.

Murray also asked police to administer a field sobriety test that he said showed a zero blood-alcohol reading.

Murray on Tuesday offered the most detailed explanation yet of what he said occurred in the hours before the accident.

Murray said he was dropped off at his house by his state police detail at about 8:30 p.m. the night before in time to help his wife put his children to bed. He said one of his daughters woke him up early in the morning and he was unable to get back to sleep.

He said at about 4:45 a.m. he left in the car to grab a coffee and a newspaper and to gather his thoughts for the day. The state had just experience an unusual late October snowstorm.

“This is not the first time I’ve taken an early morning ride,” Murray said Tuesday. “I decided to get onto Route 190 to see what I could of the storm damage. I drove up to Route 2, turned around to head back to Worcester.

“What I remember next was the vehicle was off the road, the impact of the collision and the car turning over several times,” he added.

Asked if he was tired when he got behind the wheel, Murray said he couldn’t recall.

He also dismissed one more possible reason for the accident.

“I was not on the phone. I was not texting. I was not emailing in any way,” he said.

Gov. Deval Patrick expressed confidence in his lieutenant governor.

“He is fortunate beyond measure to have walked away from that accident,” Patrick said in a statement Tuesday. “The lieutenant governor has taken responsibility for the accident and is counting his blessings. As his colleague and his friend, so am I.”

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Bob Maginn faulted Murray for “hiding information from his mysterious midnight ride.”

“The public is still left to wonder what the full story is,” Maginn said. “Murray is telling the same old Beacon Hill story. The insiders play by their own rules and do whatever they can to keep the public in the dark.”

The $555 fine includes $430 for speeding (108 mph in a 65 mph zone); $100 for the marked lanes violation; and $25 for the seat belt violation.

The citation was delivered to Murray at his home Tuesday morning.

Murray said he’ll pay the fine and plans to reimburse the state for the car.




作者:luo 留言时间:2012-01-07 17:14:19
The above newspaper article was from the following source:
http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/east/2012/01/05/198217.htm.

From the news report, Murray should be driving with his windows up. An early morning in Mass and especially after a snowstorm, would be too cold for him to drive with windows down.




作者:大西岸 留言时间:2012-01-07 18:01:02
哈哈,

如果在土共中国,这位不仅不需交罚款,不用自掏分文修车,还能收到大量的慰问红包。又一个受贿的好机会呀。




作者:贪官太多 留言时间:2012-01-07 18:33:25
6毛好!




作者:华山 留言时间:2012-01-08 12:44:42
很好的实事求是的评论。以事实对漫骂,这是万维常见的对阵方式。

在美国待长了,就会发现许多有趣的事,也用不着到中国去找,贪官就在身边。

万维最近能倾听各方意见,就这个平台,希望能多见作者的文字。




作者:苏联是党老大哥 留言时间:2012-01-08 15:53:21
副省长驾车撞车了?那是党国的先进事迹啊,那是废寝忘食因公撞车啊。发奖,赶快发奖!死在二奶床上的共党干部那算因公光荣牺牲。撞车了,那叫共产主义敢打敢拼尖兵。

What?交罚款?副省长交罚款?脑子没进水吧?你这警察小同志想下岗了吧!

副省长自掏腰包修公车?你没吃迷幻药吧?从来就是公款往俺腰包里跑。要俺出血修公车,太阳是从西边出来的吗?小同志你没活腻味吧!

这么跟你说吧:甭说俺这大干部,就是俺的司机那叫什么同志来着的撞车了,只有送钱来的,没别的。

你的明白的了?
This high-speed crash happened on 11/02/2011, I just bought today's paper:

Monday, Jan 09, 2012 Telegram & AGazette

Survey:

Do you think Lt. Gov. Timthy P. Murray's political future has been irreparably damaged?

84% yes
6.3% no
9.7% time will tell
smilhaNew at 1/09/2012 04:03 快速引用
他开的啥车?
也太好了
"到撞墙时的108MPH", 没有系保险带, 车体全部损坏,几乎呈报废状态,但提姆只是手臂上刮破了点皮,身体其它部位没有受伤
tutu at 1/09/2012 08:36 快速引用
这个事故,发生的当天新闻里就报了。现在虽然还没有真相,但Murray是个Liar是事实了。警察双重标准也是事实了。媒体的正面作用还是可见的。
Quincy08 at 1/09/2012 12:26 快速引用
这件事情,应该写成钓鱼体。 Laughing Laughing
了因 at 1/09/2012 13:06 快速引用
这事故,只能说是奇迹了。

罚款说得很清楚:
The $555 fine includes $430 for speeding (108 mph in a 65 mph zone); $100 for the marked lanes violation; and $25 for the seat belt violation.

至于网友被罚$1500,可能还有别的项吧。不然,就是限速40MPH开到190MPH,太夸张了。

凌晨5点开车回家,睡着的可能还是挺大的。这么晚才回家是为什么呢?
rogerlee at 1/09/2012 15:56 快速引用
哈哈,就知道肯定有人八卦他为什么那么晚回家。。
ilazxfe at 1/10/2012 15:02 快速引用
他说他是被女儿吵醒后睡不着了,开车出来兜风,买咖啡,和报纸,顺便视察西面受灾的地区。多好的父母官阿,黑灯瞎火地视察。
Quincy08 at 1/10/2012 22:25 快速引用
做父母官真不容易啊,连晚回家的自由都没有了 Laughing 。开公车兜风算不算腐败。
其实我想是不是别的人开他的车,所以他没有受伤,不过在美国估计可能性不大。

Quincy08 :
他说他是被女儿吵醒后睡不着了,开车出来兜风,买咖啡,和报纸,顺便视察西面受灾的地区。多好的父母官阿,黑灯瞎火地视察。
MorningMoon at 1/10/2012 22:32 快速引用
MorningMoon :
做父母官真不容易啊,连晚回家的自由都没有了 Laughing 。开公车兜风算不算腐败。
其实我想是不是别的人开他的车,所以他没有受伤,不过在美国估计可能性不大。

Quincy08 :
他说他是被女儿吵醒后睡不着了,开车出来兜风,买咖啡,和报纸,顺便视察西面受灾的地区。多好的父母官阿,黑灯瞎火地视察。


他就是瞎扯,编个故事没人信。许多人还猜他是自杀呢。
Quincy08 at 1/10/2012 22:36 快速引用
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