The Secretary of State’s office has ordered the Massachusetts State Police to turn over the data from Tim Murray’s black box to the Boston Herald. According to the paper the State Police are refusing to do so. They cite that a lay person is too ignorant to understand the data.
While it doesn’t record location or distance traveled, it does capture vehicle speed, engine RPMs, brake pedal position, airbag deployment and crash magnitude, according to Bruce McNally, a New Hampshire-based accident reconstruction expert.
In denying the Herald’s public records request, state police argued the data could be misleading. A car hitting an ice patch or rolling over would lead its tires to spin faster, inaccurately suggesting a higher speed, state police spokesman David Procopio said. The Herald argued denying the information violates the state’s public records law.
MassGOP Communications Director, Tim Buckley, summed it up best.
“He was driving the people’s car, and it is about time the people find out what really happened during Mr. Murray’s nighttime storm survey,” said Massachusetts GOP spokesman Tim Buckley.
The State Police should do what State Police in Maine and New Jersey did, release the data.