Test blunder blames N.C. crash on women, Obamacare

10:14 PM, Nov 7, 2013   |    comments
A North Carolina traffic alert test message that inadvertently went public Nov. 6, 2013, blamed an Interstate 440 accident on female drivers and Obamacare. (Photo: Department of Transportation)
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A technology contractor testing North Carolina's traffic alert system was fired Wednesday after erroneously posting six made-up public warnings, including one that blamed an accident on "Women Drivers, Rain, Obama Care."

"Stay Home," the next errant message advised drivers bound for the Interstate 440 Beltline.

The blunder occurred just before 4 p.m. Wednesday in Raleigh, where the sun was shining, the News & Observer reported.

The state Department of Transportation said it "sincerely apologizes" for the "inappropriate test message content," which appeared because the unidentified contractor did not turn off the external e-mail and RSS feed on the Traveler Information Management System.

The contractor, hired less than six months ago, "was let go immediately for this action," the agency said.


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