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Regulations that will result in more traffic to move the same tonnage, less qualified and trained drivers to haul it, and fewer drivers in aggregate … make no formula for safety improvement. They will do nothing but increase crashes and fatalities and totally eradicate all the improvements we have accomplished by trying to improve the industry. Improving conditions, pay, rewards, trust and attitudes toward drivers begins with the companies being able to afford improvements. I don’t see an atmosphere for that right now.” —Trans Products/Trans Service Regulatory Manager Rich Wilson, in a commentary published Friday, Jan. 13, on Truckers News Senior Editor Todd Dills’ Channel 19 blog. For more of the stimulating, odd or entertaining parts of trucking, join the conversation via http://www.overdriveonline.com/channel19.
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On March 18, Weddle’s trailer crossed over the centerline of the highway, ...