Kenya has been witnessing a number of accidents for the past few days. Most of these accidents are caused due to human error. Even though no laws and regulations can ensure that there are no accidents in our roads, some regulations can reduce the number of fatalities Incase of an accident. One of this regulations involves fitting all trucks and trailers with Mansfield bars.
The 'Mansfield Bar' is an underride guard which is an assembly hanging down from the bottom of the rear of a semi-trailer. It is intended to provide some protection for cars which start to run into the rear of the trailer. The bottom of the rear of the trailer is near head level for an adult in a car, and without the underride guard, the only protection for an adult's head in such an accident would be the car's windshield. This came into use in the aftermath of the accident that killed Jayne Mansfield on June 29, 1967.
On June 28th, 1967, actress Jayne Mansfield, her driver, her lawyer and three of her kids were driving to New Orleans for an interview after an appearance in Mississippi. While cruising along the highway at two o'clock in the morning, the driver didn't see a semi-truck that had slowed because of a mosquito fogging truck ahead -- the fog masked the big rig's trailer, and Mansfield's driver couldn't react in time to slow the 1966 Buick Electra 225. The car slid under the semi-trailer and Mansfield and the other adults didn’t survive.
Known technically as the Rear Underrun Protection System, the steel tubular bars immediately gained the name Mansfield bars: likely due to the gruesome severity of the crash, and Mansfield’s star status. Following her death, the U.S. government mandated trailers have a rear bumper to help prevent similar deaths.
If this regulation would have been put in place in Kenya, maybe it would have reduced the number of casualties in the accident that took place today. Below are some photos of the aftermath of today's accident.
Do you support the idea of introducing Mansfield bars to all trucks and trailers?
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