Delving into CSA data shows enforcement irregularities

| May 01, 2013
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Close analysis of inspections, alerts and out-of-service orders under CSA reveals enforcement disparities with positive and/or negative implications for carriers of different sizes, according to RigDig Business Intelligence data analyzed by Overdrive and Commercial Carrier Journal.

The more you know, the more empowered you are. That’s especially true in today’s ever-tightening regulatory environment under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

That’s why Overdrive is excited to launch the expanded CSA’s Data Trail website, which is dedicated to empowering owner-operators, company drivers and fleets of all sizes with data and analysis of how CSA affects their business. The data was compiled by RigDig Business Intelligence, a research division of Overdrive publisher Randall-Reilly Business Media and Information.

The last two months, we’ve been continually posting in-depth articles, interactive maps, infographics and downloadable data on the site as part of our  CSA’s Data Trail series. However, the site today has a new look, expanded content and there’s more to come.

Throughout May, we’ll be publishing pieces from the “Crashes and interventions” installment of the CSA’s Data Trail series, which documents areas where CSA misses the mark, failing to accurately identify carriers involved in the most accidents. The site also contains full coverage of Parts 1 (“Screening out drivers”) and 2 (“Inconsistent enforcement”) of the Data Trail series.

An interactive map now shows at a glance the top 10 states for truck-involved accidents, injuries and fatalities. You also can download lists that show those rates for the 48 contiguous states, including total fatalities, injuries and towaway crashes by state.

The map continues to show states with the highest rates of inspections, including a breakdown of violation priorities by state. Files available for free download offer a comprehensive look at inspection intensity nationwide as well as state rankings by violation types.

Throughout the rest of the year, we’ll continue to update the information and publish stories and news about CSA.

Our hope is that this site, sponsored by PeopleNet, will help you understand more about CSA, its enforcement and what you can do to run with minimal regulatory hassle.


—Max Heine, editorial director, Overdrive

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