A Ford driven by Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray sits on a flatbed truck at the Massachusetts State Police barracks in Holden, Mass. Many motorists don't know it, but it's likely that every time they get behind the wheel there's a snitch along for the ride. In the next few days, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose long-delayed regulations requiring auto manufacturers include event data recorders, better known as "black boxes," in all new cars and light trucks. Data collected by the recorders is increasingly showing up in lawsuits, criminal cases and high-profile accidents. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray initially said he wasn't speeding and that he was wearing his seatbelt when he crashed a government-owned car last year. But the Ford Crown Victoria's data recorder told a different story: It showed the car was traveling over 100 mph and Murray wasn't belted in.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Friday, December 7th, 2012