January 16, 2012 |
Bruce Mather can still pinpoint when the love affair started. It was 1966 when he fell for speed, the going-fast variety. He was in college, a designated driver behind the wheel of his roommate's MGB roadster - a far different machine from Mather's Dodge Dart. "The way that car felt was just so amazingly different than the standard automatic I had been driving," he recently recalled, still wistful so many years later. His lead-footed passion would evolve from "typical speeding" to tearing up back roads where "I wasn't very good at staying on them.
January 17, 1987
As a frequent rider of the area's commuter rail lines and the Amtrak trains between Philadelphia and New York, one thing has always concerned me. Why are the passenger cars, as modern and luxurious as they are, not equipped with seat belts at each seat? This added safety feature would indeed reduce the occurrence of serious injury and give all passengers a feeling of safety and well being as they travel from city to city and to and from work. Just as in an airplane, the ticket collector or conductor should make an announcement before the train departs each location that seat belts must be fastened and a check of this procedure would be performed when the tickets are collected.
July 19, 2016
ISSUE | SEPTA How thorough are regular inspections? Two editorials gave credit to SEPTA for having detected the structural fault in commuter railcars before there was any injury ("No time for slow route," July 7; "SEPTA trains' tortuous track," Wednesday). For that, all train travelers are blessed. I wonder, however, how thorough safety inspections were when, after seeing that one coach was out of kilter, SEPTA determined that 115 of 120 Silverliner V coaches had structural cracks and all of them needed to be taken out of service immediately.
January 4, 2006
Parents may be tired of this lecture, but here it goes again: All children under 13 need to sit in the back seat and wear a safety belt. Here's a new reason: Encasing them in an SUV, no matter how big or heavy, won't necessarily save them in a motor-vehicle accident, the leading cause of death for Americans ages 4 to 24. "Contrary to public perception, SUVs do not provide superior protection to child occupants, compared with passenger cars,"...
February 10, 1999 |
The South Jersey light-rail project has hit snags with two railroad entities, including a federal agency that has raised questions about its safety. The questions over passenger safety could delay the start of construction of the Camden-to-Trenton line by at least three months. Architects of the project, which will cost $604 million to build and operate, envision 120 passenger cars running between Camden and Trenton every day - two every 15 minutes - on a rarely used single-line freight track.
July 9, 2015 |
Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase 6 percent in 2016, effective Jan. 3. Also, an additional toll will be collected from westbound vehicles at a new all-electronic toll plaza in Bucks County, at the eastern end of the turnpike. That toll will be $5 for passenger vehicles using E-ZPass and $6.75 for vehicles without E-ZPass. A bill will be mailed to the owner of a non-E-ZPass vehicle, based on its license plate. The decisions by the Turnpike Commission on Tuesday to raise tolls for the eighth year in a row means the cash toll to drive from the Ohio border to the New Jersey border will be $48.90 for passenger cars, up from the current $46.10.
December 4, 2012 |
Behind the wheel in an empty spot of his Cherry Hill law firm's parking lot, Peter Spirgel grinned wickedly. Then he floored it. Whooah! The Tesla sedan - a Model S Performance, for those who attend to such details - shot from a standstill. Just eight days into ownership, Spirgel was still like a giddy kid, noting the luxury details, the 17-inch screen that governs everything - "like driving an iPad" a friend said - and, not least, the engineering marvel of a top-end electric car. When Spirgel took delivery, he became another statistic, albeit a snazzy one, in the growing electric-vehicle marketplace.
June 25, 1998 |
Do we believe that a crash involving a sport-utility vehicle and a car would be devastating for the car? Definitely. Do we also lay the responsibility for fixing the inequity square in the laps of the Big Three domestic automakers in Detroit? You got it. Those are the results of a new national poll released recently by the Independent Insurance Agents of America which, along with other special interest groups, have been leaning on automakers to make safety design changes to their SUVs.
August 13, 1991 |
The man struck and killed by a Gamblers' Express train in Cherry Hill Sunday night was a beauty salon owner who had left a friend in Cooper River Park to take a short walk, authorities said. Michael Davey, 33, of Mount Ephraim, was hit by the engine of the train about three-quarters of a mile south of the Garden State Park at 8:07 p.m. Sunday, said Camden County Prosecutor Edward F. Borden Jr. The engine was lugging five passenger cars north to Philadelphia from Atlantic City and was traveling about 35 m.p.h.
March 25, 2002 |
Forget about Congress. It's not going to do a thing about reducing the nation's dependence on fossil fuels. This column is addressed to you, the American consumer. The Senate rejected the bill raising fuel economy standards for new motor vehicles. The actual vote was not the worst part of this business. The worst part was the campaign to savage the reputation of fuel-efficient cars. Opponents of the bill equated big SUVs with safety and smaller cars with danger. Some of the nuttier commentary referred to efficient vehicles as "killer cars.