Thursday, October 8, 2009

Putting Cameras to Metrolink Commuter Trains to Avoid Accidents

Monitoring the actions of workers may stimulate them to work hard. In addition, it may also be one way of preventing them from doing negligent acts.

Metrolink declared its plans of activating video cameras in all of its 52 passenger trains.

This plan is a response to an accident that happened last Sept. 12, 2008 wherein 25 people were killed when a Metrolink passenger train and a Union Pacific freight train collided head-on.

Robert Sanchez, the Metrolink engineer who also died due to the collision, was found to have been texting seconds prior to the accident.

The cameras will monitor each locomotive’s cab. Cameras will also be faced outward to record every activity that is a happening in front of the train.

Both visual and audio will be recorded.

However, this move is being opposed by the union which represents the nation’s train engineers. A number of safety experts also question its effectiveness.

Before opposing this plan, everyone should first give the rail transit system a chance to find out whether this strategy will bring in good results.

Those who are not in favor of it should state out their reasons why they feel that way. By doing this, adjustments may be made to further strengthen Metrolink’s course of action.