NASCAR announced today a new rule saying, unless there is an emergency, the driver of a disabled car is to stay in the car until directed to exit by track personnel, and at no time should a driver approach another moving vehicle. Obviously this is in reaction to Kevin Ward's death after he exited his car and approached Tony Stewart's oncoming car.
So what do think about this? Is it NASCAR's too-late attempt to cover it's legal butt since it seems to be a no-brainer that should have been in the rules all along? Or is it blaming the victim, essentially saying Mr. Ward would still be alive had he stayed in his car?
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I don't follow racing or know any of the ins and outs of it, but rules often come about through tragedy. Last year in a local school a student was killed by a school bus in front of the school. The bus driver was found that there was nothing at all he could have done to prevent the accident and it was not his fault in any way. That said, there are a slew of new procedures put in place to make sure nothing like this never happens again. It is not placing blaim on someone, just trying to prevent it from happening in the future. Accidents are often the time where we step back, evaluate a situation, and see what we can do better.
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Maybe it should have been a rule all along, but since it wasn't I wouldn't see the point in criticizing them for instating it now. Better late than never.
I mean in some ways it seems kind of a shame that we have to make rules like this because walking right up to a car going 60 something miles an hour seems like an obvious thing to NOT do....but it happened. Would it happen again without the rule? Maybe never....certainly very rarely if it does happen again. Because most people who would get out of a car by their own choice still would not do that.
On the flip side, unless your car is on fire, i don't see the benefit to having people get out and walking around out there so I don't really think much is lost for the drivers.
I think it is sad they have to make the rule. Especially considering that the drivers know how different race cars are then normal street cars. Dirt track cars typically rely more on acceleration then steering. But considering that a number of drivers have a history of getting out of their cars the rule must be necessary.
Just a note, I am not a race fan at all but I have a friend who's husband races cars like the one Tony Stewart was in and she was describing how different they are.
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