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Freedom to HarmThe Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival$
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Thomas O. McGarity

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300141245

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300141245.001.0001

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Transportation Safety

Transportation Safety

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(p.147) 12 Transportation Safety
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Freedom to Harm
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Thomas O. McGarity

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300141245.003.0013

This chapter describes how a safe and efficient transportation system is essential to a healthy modern economy. The governmental infrastructure that Congress established during the Progressive, New Deal, and Public Interest Eras for regulating transportation safety could not eliminate all transportation accidents or even all transportation-related disasters, but it had the potential, if effectively implemented, to reduce the frequency of accidents and the extent of the resulting human carnage. By the end of the Public Interest Era, the federal government was well positioned to regulate the safety of transportation. As the population and the economy of the United States grew during the Laissez Faire Revival, the reality of safety regulation in the rapidly evolving transportation sector did not match its great potential.

Keywords:   transportation system, Congress, Public Interest Era, federal government, Laissez Faire Revival, safety regulation

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