Goldiron can now be found at http://goldiron.wordpress.com/
Where you can read stuff like:
It’s a system that both the mayor of Hendersonville, Scott Foster, and police chief, Terry Frizzell, prefer. As Foster explained to The Tennessean newspaper, when Hendersonville was looking at using red light cameras, it found that a large portion of the money generated goes to the camera companies. “It creates a lot of income for the camera company, and we’re trying to make it a safety-related issue. I don’t want a bunch of tickets written, I want our intersections to be safe,” he said.
Frizzell favours the white light programme because it requires “human interaction, objectivity and good judgment.”
“We’re a community-oriented organisation,” Frizzell told The Tennessean. “We want to save lives and prevent crashes, and we want to have human interaction between our community and our police department.”
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson, Julie Oaks, told ITS International that when TDOT began looking to implement a pilot study programme on white light enforcement, the city of Hendersonville was the appropriate size. “We are going to be looking at a possible large municipality to conduct another pilot study once this one is complete,” Oaks said.
Wendy Moon can now be found at: MoonRider Redux for some of the following:
"I have in the past and will again document:
è How MSF was designed to be and continues as a front group for the motorcycle manufacturers to evade government regulation.
è That the MSF, Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America are legally sister organizations sharing far more than office quarters.
è How and in what ways the current curriculum was “dumbed-down” from earlier iterations.
è How and why the current curriculum was designed to increase motorcycle sales.
è How MSF persuaded states to allow the driver’s license-waiver upon course graduation because it was too difficult for riders to pass the test at their DMV.
è How MSF is currently revising the motorcycle licensing tests in ways that will make it even easier for riders to pass.
è The long history of studies stretching from the 1980s until now that reveal MSF curriculum is, at best, not effective in reducing crashes and, at worst, make graduates more at-risk of a crash.
è How MSF knew that the curriculum was ineffective and changed their legal language to protect themselves yet continued to promote its curricular products and national and international reputation as if the curriculum was both effective and safe.
è How MSF curriculum and licensing tests fall far short of training in many other countries which have a far lower motorcyclist fatality rates.
è How the MSF used motorcycle rights groups to further its control of rider education.
è A pattern of abuse, intimidation and threat to exert and extend control of rider education in various states.
è The decision to use education and training to protect the corporations from product liability suits from defective products.
è The efforts to coerce states and independent providers into giving the manufacturers a blanket liability waiver even against their own negligence.
è The secret Franchise Plan developed in the early 80s that mapped out the demise of all rider education that was not under MSF’s direct control.
è And last, but not least, a systematic public relations effort to firmly establish in the public mindset that motorcyclists are responsible for outcomes no matter what the cause of the crash.
è A concerted public relations effort to attribute the rising motorcyclist death toll on older riders who have returned to riding despite no evidence (and some studies showing otherwise) that it is true.
In short, I documented a systematic decades-long efforts of multi-billion dollar corporations to use education in the most hard-headed and callous way to both sell motorcycles even as they stripped consumers of their ability to sue and win in product liability suits."
Our condolences to them both for losing so much work in the blink of an eye. My suspicion is that we will see even better from both as they ain't the type to give up.Add to Technorati Favorites