A little relief?

| June 01, 2006

Each time Class 8 drivers weigh on any CAT Scale, they have a chance to win prizes instantly and sign up to win the CXT. Five finalists will win a trip for two to the 2007 Walcott Truckers Jamboree and a key that may fit the ignition of the truck. The lucky driver with the working key wins the CXT.

The contest begins Aug. 24, 2006, the first day of the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, and runs through May 1, 2007, the duration of the Weigh To Win Tour sponsored by CAT Scale and International.

Come to GATS in August to see the CXT on display at the CAT Scale booth. Valued at more than $129,000, the pickup is equipped with:

  • An International DT466 I-6 300-hp diesel engine

  • An Allison automatic 3000 HS 5-speed
  • A polished aluminum 70-gallon diesel fuel tank
  • A five-passenger, four-door crew cab with air suspension
  • An 8-foot dually pickup bed
  • Polished aluminum wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • An exterior sunshade
  • Keyless entry
  • Fog lights
  • An air horn
  • Polished front and rear bumpers
  • Leather multi-position front seats and a leather rear bench seat
  • Back-up assist
  • A drop-down TV screen and DVD player
  • A deluxe center console with burled walnut wood trim
  • A combination radio/CD player/navigation system

Other sweepstakes prizes include CAT Scale jackets and other apparel, Series Seven Super Trucks collector card sets, duffel bags, International Eagle apparel and accessories and radio-controlled CXT models.

For more information, visit this site
-Lance Orr

Highway Deaths Up in 2005
The number of highway fatalities in 2005 was 43,200, more than the 42,636 occurring in 2004, according to a preliminary report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Norman Mineta, U.S. transportation secretary, declared the deaths a “national tragedy” and noted that 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who died in 2005 were not wearing seat belts.

“We have the tools to prevent this tragedy,” Mineta said. “Every car has a safety belt, every motorcycle rider should have a helmet, and everyone should have enough sense to never drive while impaired. Every year this country experiences a national tragedy that is as preventable as it is devastating.”

“We could save thousands of lives every year if everyone buckled up,” said Jacqueline Glassman, NHTSA acting administrator.

The report projects a fatality rate of 1.46 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, up from the record low of 1.44 in 2004. The report also found safety belt use at 82 percent nationwide.

On-highway injuries in 2005 dropped 4.1 percent from the year before. There were 2.68 million injuries in 2005 and 2.79 million in 2004.

The report also projected the eighth straight annual increase in motorcycle fatalities: 4,315 in 2005, 7.7 percent more than the year before, when 4,008 died.

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