crashes

An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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The parking shortage and North Carolina’s ‘data-driven’ enforcement

How counting disabled vehicles as "parked" vehicles contributed to the expansion of N.C.'s truck parking enforcement effort last year. High time more states attracted tax revenue by encouraging parking facility development rather than going after $25 fines and court costs.

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Things that would make me leave the truck for 400, Alex

Wendy on accident aftermath: "I'm just amazed by people who get back on the horse and ride." If that applies to you, why did you jump back in the saddle?

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Altered CSA Safety Measurement System back in the public eye

The FMCSA has returned an altered CSA SMS to public view, showing no percentile or other evaluative scoring in the BASIC categories of measurement.

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Merge gone bad — into the front right of Preston Lindsay’s daycab

Running down the list of extenuating factors in Lindsay's review of the accident takes quite a while longer than the second or two it took to happen, illustrating the well-developed instincts of the professional driver that can avoid making things worse in such circumstances.

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An open letter to one-horse news

"It's that time of year again, kids, when every single one-horse news rag in America sops up local viewers with fiery truck crashes and promises to show them something they 'absolutely will not believe' is happening on their highways."

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New private system aims at CSA’s problems

As Congress considers pulling CSA scores from public view, Vigillo touts its new "Just" program as providing carriers a "true picture of the compliance, safety and accountability of" a fleet.

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Top 10 most intense states for maintenance, brake violations

Texas, California and Virginia top the list -- even with the reported priority drift toward an emphasis on traffic enforcement, violations of the FMCSRs remained dominated by vehicle-related violations.

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Truck driver occupational fatalities in 2014 at highest level since 2008

Work-related truck driver fatalities rose to their highest level since 2008 last year, according to a report issued by the Department of Labor this week. About 725 heavy vehicle or tractor-trailer drivers died on the job last year, according to the report.

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Get it right, Howard

Wendy on former Transport Topics editor Howard Abramson's recent "Trucks are killing us" editorial: "Highway safety can't be delegated to one group only, and lack of it can't be faulted to just one."

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