Improving Road Safety

Research Proposal, Thesis, Major Points, and Plan
Student’s name: Li Hammons
Professor’s name: Neil Conway
Course title: ENG215 Research and writing
January 26, 2014
Improving Road Safety
Should vehicles (cars, trucks, vans, SUVs) be required to have backup
cameras?
I chose this second question because it deals with safety, as well.
There are vehicles and trucks which are mainly used for entrepreneurial
purposes (Thomas & Jund, 2013). In this case, we have those that are
used to transport expensive goods and at some point anything such as a
robbery may happen. For personal cars, carjacking may take place and
backup cameras will be useful in case this incident moves to the court.
Cases in court will easily be handled because of ready evidence that
makes it possible to get the individuals who caused the situations in
question. This also gives a clear impression that cases involving
vehicles will always be dealt with, within a short time, enabling other
cases to be dealt with on time, as well. These are among the issues
affecting individuals who are using vehicles and backup cameras can be
very helpful in solving problems associated with them (Bhise, 2011).
Thesis Statement: Vehicles are required to have backup cameras so that
in case of any serious incident, the file footages can be used where
necessary.
Audience Characteristics
My audience for this topic includes stakeholders in the transport
industry such as taxi operating companies, track companies and
individuals. The major characteristics of the audience for this topic
are that they are all involved in the transport sector directly or
indirectly. Whether transporting goods, passengers or driving personal
cars everyone is vulnerable to attacks, robberies, hijacking and other
risks including accidents (Wentland, 2008). In addition, the audience
has a choice to decide on the use of backup cameras. Despite this not
being a recommendation, the audience is not restricted on installing
backup cameras on their trucks or cars. The audience also have the
decision making power as they can influence their legislators to adopt
this requirement. This would ensure the safety of every person on the
road.
The audience will also include government agencies who include officials
in the transport sector and possibly, officials from the judiciary.
Government officials from the transport sector are important because
they play a part in ensuring that transport is safe and secure. The
officials also face challenges from those who break traffic rules, and
having cameras installed in cars will help them in capturing those who
break traffic rules. The judiciary is also important because cases that
involve breaking of traffic rules and robbery are handled by the
judiciary (Thomas, 2012). Thus, it is important to bring in the
judiciary so that it can also make recommendations on how this project
will be implemented in the most efficient way while upholding individual
rights.
Funding
This project will be helpful to everyone in the long run and thus, it
requires joint funding especially from all the stakeholders. Individual
vehicle and company owners will be required to install the cameras at
their own cost. The government will facilitate this process by lowering
the cost of the cameras so as to make them affordable to the vehicle
owners. This will require subsidies on the cameras to make them
affordable (Wentland, 2008). This will be applicable to existing vehicle
owners. However, in future, vehicle manufacturers will be required to
install cameras in their vehicles as a qualification of selling their
vehicles in the country. This will ensure that all vehicles are
installed with the cameras and thus, compliant with regulations.
Project implementation
This project will be undertaken in two major phases. Currently, the
existing cars do not have the cameras. This will mean that once the
project is approved, vehicle owners will be required to install the
cameras at their own cost. This ought to be done within two months of
approval of the project. The second phase will be a government directive
that all manufacturers pre- install cameras in their vehicles before
putting them on sale (Thomas, 2012). This will take care of the future
and work towards making it a culture to have cameras installed in
vehicles. This will ensure that all cars on the road are installed with
cameras for uniformity and conformity with the law.
Control
The project requires proper control to ensure accountability and so that
it can be effective. The most effective way of handling the system is by
having a centralized data backup system that will facilitate
accountability. Having individual control systems can lead to tampering
with the data and thus, lead to manipulation (Bhise, 2011). The rise in
information technology knowledge has made it possible for people to
control systems and manipulate them to their advantage. To ensure the
effectiveness of this project, it will be necessary to have a standard
camera technology with a centralized data backup so that the authorities
can have credible information in case of an incident that would be
solved using the footage.
Costs
This project does not involve a rise in the cost of transport. This is
because the installation of the system will be done once and this means
that there will be no regular costs involved (Wentland, 2008). The
project will, therefore, to lead to increased transport costs. The
project will instead reduce the cost of handling cases in case of
accidents because it will be easier to collect evidence based on the
footage from the cameras. The project will also reduce insurance costs
because transport will now be safer than before.
In conclusion, the transport sector has faced many challenges especially
those involving security. These challenges can be overcome by installing
cameras in vehicles so that all incidents are recorded. This reduces the
time taken to solve cases in case of accidents because there is ready
evidence for such cases. The implementation will be carried out jointly
with all stakeholders and will not lead to additional transport costs.
The project seeks to have a centralized data backup so as to minimize
cases of tampering with data.
References
Bhise, V. (2011). Ergonomics in the Automotive Design Process. Florida:
CRC Press.
Parks, D. (2011). Automotive wiring : a practical guide to wiring your
hot rod or custom car. Minneapolis, MN: MBI Pub. Company.
Thomas, W. (2012). The basics of project evaluation and lessons learned.
Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Wentland, K. (2008). Ford flexes back : changing the U.S. auto industry
from deep within the trenches. New York: Strategic Book Pub.
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