Highway deaths fell to 33,808 in 2009, the lowest number since 1950, DOT said. Traffic fatalities dropped even while estimated vehicle miles traveled in 2009 increased by 0.2 percent over 2008 levels.
Last year’s fatality and injury per-mile rates were the lowest ever recorded: 1.13 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009, compared to 1.26 deaths for 2008.
Alcohol impaired driving fatalities declined by 7.4 percent in 2009 – 10,839 compared to 11,711 reported in 2008.
— Staff reports
Agency amends recorder rules
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has amended some performance standards in the “Electronic Onboard Recorders for Hours of Service Compliance” final rule at a stakeholders’ petitioning.
Qualcomm and the other stakeholders requested FMCSA reconsider the final rule’s requirements for the temperature range in which EOBRs must be able to operate, and the connector type specified for the USB interface. Xata Corp. requested that FMCSA clarify certain reportable events in the diagnostic table, and consider offering an additional alternative for the data transfer between an EOBR and a roadside safety official’s portable computer.
— Aaron Huff
Nominations open for driver awards
The nomination deadline is Oct. 29 for the 2011 Overdrive TCA Owner-Operator of the Year. The winner will be presented at the annual meeting of the Truckload Carriers Association, March 4-7, 2012.
The contest is open to all owner-operators who log a majority of their miles in the truckload segment. Nominees are judged on safety, professional accomplishment and contributions to the industry.
The finalists will be featured monthly in Overdrive as Overdrive TCA Owner-Operators of the Month.
To apply, visit truckload.org.
Overdrive’s sister publication, Truckers News, and TCA are sponsoring a comparable competition for company drivers.
The annual winners of the contests will receive prizes.
Execs forecast steady rebound
More than 300 trucking executives heard generally positive analyses of where the industry is headed during the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas, which preceded the opening of the Great American Trucking Show.