Roadside inspections saved 472 lives in 2012, FMCSA says; Firm contends figures should be higher

| March 01, 2016

PBBT unit at GA scale house inspectionMore than 470 lives were saved in 2012 due to roadside inspections and traffic enforcement inspections of commercial vehicles, according to data released this week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, that number could have been higher, says TransComply, had FMCSA not heavily reduced the number of traffic enforcement inspections in the six years preceding 2012.

TransComply, a firm that helps small motor carriers with compliance and safety programs, says traffic enforcement inspections have decreased by more than 43 percent since their recent peak in 2006. The company says another 169 lives could have been saved if the number of inspections had not dropped.

FMCSA touts its inspection programs as having saved more than 7,000 lives since 2001. The agency’s annual Roadside Intervention Effectiveness Model (RIEM) analysis also estimates that these programs prevented nearly 9,000 injuries in more than 14,000 crashes involving commercial trucks and buses.

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Traffic enforcement violations peaked at just over 900,000 in 2006 and have dropped 60 percent to just under 360,000 in 2015, according to TransComply.

TransComply adds that applying the RIEM to 2015 roadside and traffic enforcement interventions indicates that 461 lives were saved last year due to inspections, but another 224 lives could have been saved had the traffic enforcement inspections remained at 2006 levels.

“If FMCSA’s model is accurate, the trend is alarming, and the agency has only limited tools to do anything about it,” says Avery Vise, president of TransComply. “On the other hand, it is possible that traffic enforcement activities actually have improved motor carrier safety even while reported TE inspections have plummeted. Unfortunately, we don’t know because FMCSA currently captures no usable data on traffic enforcement that occurs without a reported inspection.”

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The reduction in TE inspections has also “undermined the Unsafe Driving BASIC [in FMCSA’s CSA program], which affects the quality of FMCSA’s targeting of motor carriers for intervention today,” Vise adds.

FMCSA developed RIEM as a tool to annually analyze and measure the effectiveness of roadside safety inspections and traffic enforcement programs and activities in terms of crashes avoided, injuries prevented and lives saved. In this model, roadside safety inspections and traffic enforcements are considered interventions.

“Over the last several decades, we’ve made tremendous strides  in reducing the number of traffic fatalities and injuries on our nation’s roadways,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “The roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs exemplify our commitment to continue to raise the bar on safety and build upon our progress.”

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68 comments
Gary Johns
Gary Johns

And we all know how FMCSA makes up bullshit stories to justify there worthless jobs and existence !!!! Now dont we?

JAC
JAC

Deaths involving truck crashes accounted for about 3,000 lives in 2014 nation wide. Thats lower than pedestrian deaths, motorcyle deaths, certainly deaths caused by guns. Despite the facts these people at road enforcement see inspecting trucks as a big cash cow. It's not about saving lives it's about making money cause the state is broke.

D Buck
D Buck

Who you crappen on them road pigs aint nuttin but a joke and love to blow there on horns

JAC
JAC

470???? More people die every year just taking a dump. Holy Moly are these people nuts? There is no way they can compute that. Those aholes at the FMCSA are trying to justify there existance coming out with crap like that. If i was running the the show there I'd fire the idiot who put that out. 470 out of 335 milion people!!! Come on.

Shadow
Shadow

When is OOIDA going to counter these figures and claims by letting the public know the real facts about FMCSA and their paid "studies". They should be putting up billboards across the country and tv ads with the real numbers the trucking firms and O.O's have to pay every year JUST to stay in business before a tire hits the road. The true facts about our industry and livelihood that keeps AMERICA going, not a bunch of numbers and unsupported facts by FMCSA and THIER paid "with tax dollars of course" blown up and unsupported numbers. And run FMCSA numbers and studies into the ground because FMCSA doesn't have any idea about trucking except how to take money from a industry that wasn't broken until they got their little minds in the works. Maybe all drivers need to take a week off the 4 th of July and rest up and relax and get their minds clear from the stress the government is putting on an already over regulated industry

John hart
John hart

NOW THIS MAN HAS IT RIGHT SHUT DOWN FOR WEEK JULY 4 IM GAME I HAVE JUST AS MANY BILLS AS MOST PEOPLE I CANT AFFORD IT BUT WOW JUST THINK WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE RATES THRU THE ROOF I BET

I D
I D

Me 3 taking off 4 of July week

Tomahawk
Tomahawk

I agree with your post. With the possible exception of the OOIDA bit. They ARE working for us. But a larger membership sure wouldn't hurt, right about now. I would urge you to join up, if you're not already a member. The reasons should be obvious. As for the week of the 4th, I am doing just that.

Bob
Bob

Sorry Obama's hack lawyer is going to run off drivers so they can put a bunch of ROBOTs in trucks that they have total control of.

norman ott
norman ott

Another feel good study to justify their existence, I call BS.

Rick
Rick

Not cheering for inspections but I believe they are nesasary. At least for any carrier who employes drivers. When I was a company driver years ago, I would rather run with something defective then attempt to get it fixed. Waiting for hours to get auth. For a light bulb, then not being re embursed for one reason or another. Or having my load taken from me so I can head to a terminal to wait 3-4 days for a set of brake shoes. They more or less encourage this behavior because you know you won't be paid for the down time. The one thing that did change since then is now the driver is accountable also, not just the company. Most carriers just don't care. The load is all that matters.

helmethead
helmethead

Yep just More Government Bull Shyt and we all know it.

Left Nardy
Left Nardy

The FMCSA is the biggest fraud of the DOT. Funded by lobbyists and taxpayers and ran by legal buffoons with no industry experience. As the gravy train rolls on unabided and in a lawless fashion with no due cause, soon a new sheriff will be in town to abolish the krony capitalism. Come on Overdrive. Expose these criminals and politicize the FMCSA.

safetygirl
safetygirl

This is bad science and speculation. When was a life saved by an inspection? Inspection can only be a predictor of an accident if a given inspection locates complete lack of brake function or something like that. Even then it is still speculation. (We have all heard of skilled drivers avoid harming people in the event of horrific mechanical failures or crazy motorist behavior). think about the implications if we used this same flawed science to regulate ourselves in every other area of life.

RC
RC

If we just all parked the truck for a couple weeks, think how many lives would be saved. Right. Any statistics or numbers that come from our government is suspect at best. I wonder how many people worked on and how much it cost us to learn these majic numbers released to the public as if they were truthful fact. What a joke.

Bob
Bob

Truck drivers have more reason to vote for TRUMP than anybody I know.

Bob
Bob

It's not a joke. It's a run away government that is out of control. This is what the people voted for. Maybe next time, if it last that long. People will vote a little smarter and want a little less control and regulation. This country is in a mess and getting worse. God help us.

John hart
John hart

vote TRUMP I think maybe our last chance

redjeb
redjeb

Trump? All I hear from him is "i will do it better" "Everybody will be so happy" "Then shut up your a idiot". Ok go trump lol.

DAGR
DAGR

OK. Saved lives. I do not mind inspections. What bothers me is that if they do find something, I got it, it is an imperfect world with horrible infrastructure etc. Lights go out on a moments notice. Do not write a ticket and fine the person, but write down what the problem is, get it fixed within certain time frame and mail to office for verification. They saved 242 lives, great; now lets figure out how to save tens of thousands of lives from drunk drivers killing innocent people each year.

Bill
Bill

That's easy. Outlaw alcohol. Problem solved. Why not cigarettes also. Just think how many lives could be saved. Oh that's right big tobacco and distillers payoff everyone so they can kill for profits. It's just wrong for truckers to do it. If all the owner ops kicked in 100.00 each I'm sure we could kill for profit also.

norman ott
norman ott

I think alcohol should be outlawed in trucking, drivers are driving hungover causing crashes. Put blow machines in trucks right next to the Elog.

Yote Anders
Yote Anders

"“If FMCSA’s model is accurate" enough said! FMCSA's models are so inaccurate and biased based on the results they WANT rather than what is real, no one should take them seriously. results from 2012 are not a valid basis to extrapolate from - equipment has changed quite a bit in 4 years and that would skew results by it self. Doesn't say if these were all inspections, or just inspection with violations nor does it take into account the multitude of inspections where no report was created because no violations were found. so this is a pie-in-the-sky statistic to justify harassment of honest hardworking drivers just trying to provide for their families.

Bill
Bill

A report is always created. Whether you have a violation or not. Look on the fmcsa website for your company and you can find all inspection reports for the previous 24 months good and bad

Gisele
Gisele

I really would like the answer to this.. How many TRUCKS were blamed for accidents/deaths when it was the car or pickup that pulled out and caused it in the 1st place?? If a truck is involved it seems it is automatically their fault...

Thomas Lawson
Thomas Lawson

How many lives could be saved if the public was required to slow down and obey the speed limits in all states. But the stupid government doesn't enforce the laws equally across the board. Just like they don't know how to enforce immigration laws. The enforcers pick on truck drivers instead of inspecting trucks at the yards they are in before a trip is made the system is corrupt.

Kurt Keilhofer
Kurt Keilhofer

No mention of how many accidents occurred because of inspections actually taking place on the side of the road.

Thomas Duncan
Thomas Duncan

It is amazing how these reports always jump in to take credit for any improvement at all.How anout this....it would be much safer if you lifted all these time crunching unsafe rules and focus on driving habits of the endless supply of cheap labor you soooo need because of the so called driver shortage you have created. GOD help us if actual truckers came back.People who know how to adjust to their conditionns and actually be able to think for themselves and knowledeable enough to actually plan a trip!!!Anyone remember the 55 saves lives crap?They were all over the news taking credit saying the 55mph nationwide speed limit saved so many lives.In fact no one ever slowed down unless they saw a COP . LIES LIES LIES

redjeb
redjeb

I proudly received a write up for having my amber signal light partially white due to fading. Somebody's life was saved thank god.

Joe D.
Joe D.

I am glad I am close to coming to an end as of now a 35 year carrier. When I do quit I will miss it. BUT There are many of drivers out there that should NOT be behind the wheel. He is my survey 642 lives could have been saved last year if the government stopped pocketing money and started to fix our roads.

Yote Anders
Yote Anders

and don't forget the 1500 lives that could have been saved, and 620,000 people who would not have had to go on welfare if they had thrown out the 11 and 14 hour rules!!!

Bob
Bob

CALL YOUR SENATOR ---NOW--- They want to confirm this POLITICAL HACK as head of the FMCSA he was put there as a political favor by Obama and he knows nothing about the trucking industry or highway safety. CALL NOW If you want to know where the numbers are coming from it's a WEGEE BOARD . If you want another number here. If they would put a chip in every car to cut the cell phone off when the car is moving. They would save 1,027,071 lives next year. HELL that is what my WEGEE BOARD told me and I didn't have to pay a million dollars for it, I found it in an old play room. That make as much since as their crap.What do you think. Have a nice day BUT call your Senator he is the person that all this crap from FMCSA in coming from let TRUMP put someone in there.

b
b

sorry only obama can nominated the head of FMCSA and he picked their chief lawyer who had been sueing trucking companies. You better hope TRUMP gets in than by by Scott Darling.

Yote Anders
Yote Anders

what we really need is all us drivers pick someone who knows trucking - who has been or is a driver, and then start pushing our representatives all across the country to get that person nominated for the job. There would be a way to truly flex our muscles and change the world

Russ James
Russ James

You guys (drivers) just don't get it..... When was the last time Overdrive's writers/editors presented a full article telling OUR SIDE of any story? Think about.... The Feds come out with some outrageous comment about how many lives they've saved (speculative at best), get some consulting firm (that has ZERO miles in a rig) to blow up the figures even more.....and publish THEIR SIDE as the gospel truth. Quit taking the bait folks, Quit letting writers and editors stand behind bullshit just so they can piss you off and sell a rag..... We drivers know the truth. It's about money. Selling a rag, keeping a consulting firm paid, a no driving government hack in a lifetime job at our expense. Trucking just happens to be the focus of attack.

Thomas Duncan
Thomas Duncan

They just did recently and even used one of my statements in the article on the 34hr bullshit

Tomahawk
Tomahawk

Oh, we get it. Most of us do. You advocating a "just shut up" attitude? I am apparently missing your point here. Trucking's not only the focus of attack, it's the prize. And it's a big one. Well worth a fight. Our government can't run a soup kitchen. Think about it.

Barney
Barney

As usual the FMSCA is full of Bull!@#$. Where do they get these statistics from, and how are they being used(twisted) in the name of more regulations?

jon
jon

If you want to save lives inspect and require random drug testing of all license holders! No insurance no license for 10 years! In a wreck be charged just like you under suspect of something other than just being stupid and wreckless. When you put the key in your car as most four-wheel do everyday it's the same thing as loading a gun with bullets. And pointing it a alot of people and no safety on. Four wheelers are the real danger and FMCSA does nothing abut it! Of course not,there's no money in it! So what does it matter you risk your livelihood and carrier. I deal with local traffic everyday and many need to be jailed for unsafe action and as I watch it's there habits, continue down the road. So good luck to all I hope and pray you make your destination, and if not heaven for sure you deserve it!

freeway flier
freeway flier

Driver skill is the biggest problem, with both truckers and 4 wheelers, how many times did you professional drivers get cut off by a auto driver last week? What was wrong with that space behind my truck? To open and had to save that 2/10ths of a second by cutting in front of me? Driving is a privilege not a right, and if fmcsa wanted to get serious about real safety, they would figure out a way to get 4 wheelers educated about how to drive around heavy trucks. And our HOS is the stupidest thing that they could of done, idiocracy, that's who is running fmcsa, get a real trucker in there and get some real make sence rules, not this current Bull $#!+

Bob
Bob

You need to get to know the person that is head of the FMCSA now. The senate is about to confirm him. He is a political hack that was appointed by Obama as a political favor in an election. He doesn't know a damn thing about the trucking industry or highway safety. This crap is all coming from the White House. If the senate doesn't stop this there is not going to be much left to work with. Truckers are to busy trucking to see what is being done to them. PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATOR we need to stop this. Have a safe day.

rc1234
rc1234

How do they get these numbers? There is no way of knowing how many lives were saved unless you were planning on shooting all these people and didn't...pure speculation and guess who commissioned this study? Were any lives saved because I forgot to log a 30 min. break,or I exceeded duty limits? The problem is that the politicians that see these numbers believe them and pass legislation accordingly because they are too lazy to dig further or don' t really care... Either way we get screwed...again

Tomahawk
Tomahawk

It's a "model". That's something that people use when they have no clue as to what they're dealing with. So they can tell us how well they have it figured out. They're bald faced liars. No other way to put it. And most of the politicians are just as bad, or worse. We don't have their undivided attention, yet. And that's what it's gonna take to fix this.

blue21614
blue21614

The government is ruining trucking and when they need us back because I have enough good drivers to cover the loads it will be too late once these truckers retire it's screw the government they're not coming back

LFS Trucking
LFS Trucking

Once again the fmsca is pulling numbers out of their a$$.

Garret A. Sudbring
Garret A. Sudbring

Fmcsa stop your lies. If you truly was about safety fix 14 hr rule. Remember fmcsa your dealing with truckers & carriers the backbone of this great nation.Stop your lies & propaganda on how your ELD'S will save 2 billion dollars get real get honest find GOD & HIS SON OUR LORD JESUS CRIST. GO TRUMP! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GARRET A SUDBRING

Lol
Lol

Now imagine how many lives can you save if : eliminate tolls, ifta, and implement mandatoty detension like ~ 120$ per hour after 1.5 hours, and provide flexible POS, sorry HOS, not to force drivers run tired,,,for all this money owners can do super maintence to their trucks...but no, instead you want to take last NET money out of truck (trucks) owner, force us to reduce drivers pay and you want us to do maintence ??? lol...sadly that for fmcsa it is better to write these false claims instead of bringing real safety to our roads...