Local opticians are committed to safety technology on all tractor units: "It has to stop"



INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – When we receive new information about the fatal I-65 crash that killed three young people, a local doctor says it is time to take federal action to prevent this from happening again.

Zionsville Eyecare's Jim Haines says he's fed up with the tragedy.

"I thought it had to stop," said Haines. "There has to be a way to reduce the likelihood of these accidents."

Along with the fatal crash of I-65 on Sunday and the similar accident on I-465 last summer, he was also personally affected.

"It started about four years ago when one of my Greenwood colleagues, Dr. Jill Buck, and her two sons, who returned from Chicago on I-65 north of Lafayette, lost their lives," said Haines.

His colleague, along with others, was killed by a tractor trailer that did not stop in time. A terrible tragedy that made Haines an advocate for change in the hope of making the highways across the country safer.

“The cost of a fatal accident due to negligence was several million dollars. Why don't we invest millions of dollars in technology to avoid this? "Asked Haines.

Now he wants a federal mandate to equip all semis with collision avoidance systems.

"What it does it measures the vehicle in front of the truck and if it sees the vehicle approaching too quickly, it brakes whether the driver notices it or not," said John Paugh.

It is a security system that some shipping companies are already using, such as Carter Logistics in Anderson. President and CEO John Paugh says the number of accidents due to technology has decreased.

"The technology was first released in 2017 and since then 100 percent of our new truck purchases have received it," added Paugh.

Dr. Haines hopes that by sharing this topic, a so-called urgently needed conversation will begin and that people will reach their local representatives as if he had to press for this idea to become a federal mandate.

"It has been around for years. A lot of cars have it and a lot of trucks have it too," said Haines, "so I think it's something that needs to be done to get it on mandate."