ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 172
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED MAY 20, 2004
Assemblyman FRANCIS L. BODINE
District 8 (Burlington)
Memorializes Rowan University to study feasibility of using black boxes in emergency vehicles.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Assembly Resolution memorializing Rowan University to study the feasibility of using black boxes in emergency vehicles.
Whereas, Unresolved fatal motor vehicle accidents leave many unanswered questions; and
Whereas, Grieving families are denied the comfort of closure; and
Whereas, Safety officials lack sufficient and meaningful factual information to assess and evaluate the causal factors, making it impossible for these professionals to develop and establish adequate safeguards to protect the public in the future; and
Whereas, Black boxes have long been used in the airline industries to reconstruct events leading up to an airplane crash; and
Whereas, Safety officials who are afforded this data can develop a greater understanding of the cause of the accident; and
Whereas, Emergency vehicles are particularly vulnerable to accidents, as they must confront great peril in response to an emergency call; and
Whereas, It is fitting to evaluate the state of technology and determine whether and how technology such as black boxes can be used to create safeguards for society and help to collect information in events such as fatal accidents; and
Whereas, It is appropriate that serious discussions about the use of black box technology take place in an academic environment; and
Whereas, Rowan University has outstanding faculty, staff and students well-versed in uses of technology and innovative and novel ways in which to utilize technology; and
Whereas, The specialists at Rowan University have expressed an interest in examining the feasibility of using black boxes in emergency vehicles; and
Whereas, It is fitting and proper for Rowan University to undertake a study to determine the feasibility of using black boxes in emergency vehicles; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Rowan University is respectfully memorialized to undertake a study of the feasibility of using black boxes in emergency vehicles. Rowan University is further memorialized to report any findings and recommendations from such a study to the Governor and Legislature.
2. Duly authenticated copies of this resolution, signed by the Speaker of the General Assembly and attested by the Clerk of the General Assembly, shall be transmitted to the President of Rowan University.
This resolution memorializes Rowan University to undertake a study of the feasibility of using black boxes in emergency vehicles. It is the sponsor's belief that the use of black boxes in emergency vehicles can help provide vital information in the event of a fatal accident.