NTSB Records of the Last Words of Drivers in Fatal Crashes-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
The eRumor claims that the U.S. National Transportation and Safety Board has installed voice recorders in some 4-wheel drive and recreational vehicles, similar to the “black boxes” in airliners. The eRumor says that the last words of drivers in fatal crashes in Southern states were “Hold my beer, I’m gonna try somethin”
We’ve received questions at TruthOrFiction.com from people who took this story seriously.
The email is a joke.
It is true that a “black box” type device is being installed on some cars to collect performance and accident data, but it does not record audio.
Last updated 12/13/05
The National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had
“covertly” funded a project with the U.S. automakers for the past 5 years,
whereby the automakers were installing black-box voice recorders in 4-wheel
drive pickup trucks and SUV’s in an effort to determine in fatal accidents,
the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.
They were surprised to find in 38 of the 50 states the recorded last words
of drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were, “Oh Sh** !”
Only the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma,
Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and
Texas were different, where 89.3 percent of the final words were: “Hold my
beer, I’m gonna try somethin.”