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President Nominates Mark R. Rosekind to Fill National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vacancy

Shrapnel that flies from an exploding airbag; a lance-like highway guardrail that pierces a crashing car; a malfunctioning ignition switch that sends a car hurdling into speeding traffic; a sleep-deprived tractor-trailer driver who rams into a car and kills its occupants. These horrific incidents make daily headlines in what has been described as a series of safety crises in the transportation industry. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.) has been slow to take action to protect the public from these serious dangers.That may be about to change with a new leader at the agency’s helm.

President Obama has nominated an unusual candidate, Mark R. Rosekind, as chief of the N.H.T.S.A. Often this position goes to a person from the automotive industry or from within the agency. Mr. Rosekind currently occupies a position on the National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) and is a specialist in human fatigue. The members of the N.T.S.B. regularly butt heads with auto industry executives because of the expensive safety recommendations it often proposes. Mr. Rosekind won even more critics in 2013 with his recommendation that the blood alcohol concentration per se intoxication standard be set at .05 percent down from the existing level of .08 percent — a proposal I highly support.

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A protest group has just uploaded a video to Youtube that appears to be the first video of the United States Supreme Court while it was in session.

The Supreme Court does not allow cameras or any other recording devices or cellular telephones. Spectators, lawyers and reporters must pass through a metal detector before entering the courtroom. However, members of the 99Rise protest group appear to have shot video on two separate occasions over the last several months.

I just read that our Texas state Senate voted 24-6 to pass a tough new law to rein in the outrageous pay day loan industry.

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