For the past week, the alleged discovery of a ‘defeat device’ in Volkswagen’s [VW’s] diesel cars has been headlined as a “mess, wreckage, scandal, ‘stunning betrayal of trust’, cheat, and crisis”—in short, a story with legs.
Lately, Volkswagen’s newsworthiness has been all about heralding its climb to ‘world’s biggest automaker’ with reports detailing its ‘sprawling empire’ encompassing Audi and Bentley luxury cars, Porsche and Lamborghini sports cars, Scania and MAN heavy trucks, and Ducati motorcycles.
The conclusion of this year’s US Open tennis tournament held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has coincided with publication in Canadian newspapers of the New York Times obituary for Irving Harper. Mr. Harper died, aged 99, on August 4th at his home in Rye, New York.
Is it time to find out whether our seemingly endless summer has dulled our collective memory of how to drive safely in the rain? Will we automatically reduce our speed? Will we intensify our focus on driving defensively?
Nine years ago on Labour Day, Road Rules wrote about the children’s traffic safety program developed in Toronto in 1947 using an elephant cartoon mascot because of the elephant's legendary memory —Elmer the Safety Elephant.