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NTSB criticizes Caltrans for slow repairs following fatal Tesla crash in Mountain View

Original post made on Sep 9, 2019

A new report found that Caltrans failed to promptly fix damaged traffic safety equipment on Highway 101, including a barrier involved in a fatal Tesla crash in Mountain View last year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 9, 2019, 12:04 PM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Caltrans keeps adding lanes and capacity to Hwy 101 and the end result is more cars and more car crashes and less safety.

Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Sep 9, 2019 at 3:13 pm

AC is a registered user.

Our road safety (potholes, disrepair, etc) are disgraceful.

And it killed someone, it appears.

I would love for our roads to be in better repair.

We pay a lot of money to live in this area. It boggles my mind that our infrastructure is so bad.

Posted by NTSB hypocrites
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 9, 2019 at 6:41 pm

So, let me get this straight here:

"The agency (NTSB) accused Tesla of releasing incomplete information on the crash..."

"Rather than wait to complete all facets of this crash investigation, we (NTSB) have moved ahead with issuing this safety recommendation report in the interest of motorists' safety,..."

"NTSB released an earlier preliminary report stating that the Tesla's autopilot function was on in the moments leading up to the crash,..."

Soooooo, the NTSB condemned Tesla for releasing an ACCURATE, FACTUAL, TRUE, but yes "preliminary" "incomplete" report "in the interest of motorists' safety," and then the NTSB went ahead and did exactly the same thing!

Can you guys at the NTSB spell hypocrites?

I don't fault Tesla or the NTSB for releasing serious time-sensitive, but incomplete reports. In fact, I would consider it serious negligence to wait on such information until the entire report was ready.

What I fault the NTSB for is publicly stomping on Tesla for also trying to get critical and accurate information out to the public to help improve public safety.

Tesla has made every effort to reach the public to remind anyone driving a Tesla with Auto-pilot on that they must always keep physical control of the vehicle and keep fully alert to hazards. You're NOT supposed to be SLEEPING at the wheel!

Tesla critics don't wait to blame Tesla when some idiot screws up and ignores Tesla rules of use. Why should Tesla have to wait on the NTSB before Tesla is allowed to release true facts to defend itself against the critics looking to exploit every RARE crash and ever rarer death?

Posted by Cat C
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 11, 2019 at 6:17 pm

Cat C is a registered user.

If people keep hitting this crash attenuator, should Caltrans look at trying to modify the road there to prevent crashes in the first place? That would seem to be a more permanent and cost effective solution to me than trying to replace the attenuator immediately after every crash.

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