Rusty Haight has caused quite a few car wrecks — 958, to be exact.
He’s walked away from all of them with nothing more than a few minor injuries, evidenced by some bumps and bruises on his wrists.
No, Haight doesn’t deserve the World’s Worst Driver Award. In fact, the word “accident” doesn’t accurately define his crashes.
As director of the Collision Safety Institute, Haight is the man behind the wheel who purposely hits other vehicles — all in the name of education. He’s in town for the 11th annual ARC-CSI Crash Conference, where law enforcement authorities, accident investigators and engineers, among others, converge for real-life enactments of vehicle accidents. It’s the conference’s 10th year at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“The key to good traffic safety is good accident investigations,” Haight said. “Without that, we’re flying blind.”
Conference attendees — people from the all over the United States and around the world — clutched cameras Monday morning in a lot next to the speedway, where they eagerly awaited the first crash. Continued ...
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