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Billboards, distraction and tax revenues

Do these animated electronic billboards distract drivers? (Photo courtesy of adsemble.com)

January 6, 2013

You don't need a PhD to recognize that bright flashing lights and changing images will grab drivers' attention. They are supposed to. But since drivers ought to be paying attention to things that are more pressing, why are these signs sprouting up everywhere?

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Safety, Infrastructure

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, January 6, 2013 11:35 PM | » Comments(0)

Red light. Green light. Whoops, red light!

September 26, 2012

Anyone who has ever thumped his or her steering wheel in frustration at a green light turning red for no apparent reason just as you approach an intersection will appreciate this recent achievement from Carnegie Mellon University

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:58 PM | » Comments(0)

One-third of American workers are sleep-deprived

Nearly three-quarters of all night-shift report shortened sleep intervals. Photo by Jim Park.

June 14, 2012

Americans, it seems, are chronically sleep deprived. Perhaps not dramatically so, but we're sleepy enough to make the radar screen at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Research shows that over 30% of workers aged 30-64 are short of sleep

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:32 PM | » Comments(0)

What this country needs is a good $300 electronic log

May 21, 2012

As the House and Senate try to come to agreement on a highway bill that could include a requirement to mandate electronic onboard recorders, I want to say, I believe we're being taken for a ride on this push to mandate EOBRs.

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, May 21, 2012 11:37 PM | » Comments(14)

In the wink of an eye

Sometimes nothing can prepare you for what lies ahead.

May 2, 2012

The after-effects of a serious crash can last years, or even a lifetime. The impact is entirely disproportionate to the time it takes for a crash scenario to develop. One instant you're cruising down the road, the next you're smashed to smithereens.

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, May 2, 2012 9:52 PM | » Comments(0)

Cheap insurance, really cheap insurance

Brake stroke indicators are your best hedge against drivers who won't do mark-and-measure brake inspections.

April 3, 2012

A set of visual brake stroke indicators costs no more than a few bucks per wheel-end, and can save hundreds by preventing just one out-of-service situation. So why aren't more fleets and owner-operators using them

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, April 3, 2012 10:53 PM | » Comments(4)

We still haven't come to terms with brake adjustment

Automatic brake adjusters are poorly understood by driver and mechanics alike. Photo by Jim Park

September 11, 2011

Today is the beginning of Brake Safety Week in North America. CVSA inspectors will be doing a lot of brake stroke inspections this week, and also working with drivers, mechanics and others to improve awareness of brake systems and regulatory compliance. Its one of the best things CVSA does

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, September 11, 2011 9:47 PM | » Comments(0)

Truck Crash Lawyers Repurpose Roadcheck Stats

Lawyers twist statistics to attack "fatigued drivers."

August 9, 2011

The headline reads "Texas Trucking Accident Attorney Says Roadcheck 2011 Reveals Truck Driver Fatigue Problem." It doesn't say we have a regulatory compliance problem; rather, this headline says in no uncertain terms we have a driver fatigue problem. We're back on the griddle again

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, August 9, 2011 9:23 PM | » Comments(0)

What do we learn from Roadcheck?

July 22, 2011

With another Roadcheck event now some weeks behind us, a few questions linger about this annual ritual. What's Roadcheck all about, anyway? What do we learn from the exercise? And why are nearly one quarter of the truck brakes inspected still put out of service

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, July 22, 2011 2:41 AM | » Comments(0)

Have an issue with cargo securement enforcement? It pays to participate

May 26, 2011

Each year, the Cargo Securement Subcommittee of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance hosts two sessions of the North American Cargo Securement Harmonization Public Forum

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, May 26, 2011 7:59 AM | » Comments(0)

Maybe the DOT <B>should</B> pay for naps

Humans are wired to spend nighttime hours sleeping. Napping isn&#39;t a substitute for sleep, but it can increase alertness and reduce the risk of  falling asleep spontaneously.

May 4, 2011

Ray LaHood should resign over his remarks regarding the recent spate of napping air traffic controllers. He has revealed himself to be so far behind current thinking on the value of naps in safety sensitive environments that his judgment can't be trusted

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, May 4, 2011 7:14 AM | » Comments(3)

Whoa! That was Close

March 18, 2011

Not really, but it sure felt that way. With electronic collision avoidance technology working along side a driver's good judgment, the potential for truck-into-car rear-end crashes could be greatly minimized. This technology will reduce crashes and prevent all sorts of calamity on our highways

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 2:16 PM | » Comments(0)

How Much of a Rush Can You Be In?

February 11, 2011

Trucks and trains may at various times be competitors and partners in the supply chain, but when the two square off face-to-face at a level crossing, there's no doubt who will emerge victorious

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, February 11, 2011 1:46 PM | » Comments(0)

When Trucks Go Crash in the Night

The badly damaged trailer had to be dismantled before it could be removed from the scene. (Photo by ABC News27 WHTM)

January 6, 2011

It was a fairly minor crash, as these things go. Three trucks involved, no one seriously hurt. No motorists involved except those inconvenienced by the closing of the highway. The incident appears to be related to the twin evils of fatigued driving and the shortage of parking places

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, January 6, 2011 9:15 AM | » Comments(1)

When Compliance Doesn't Equal Safety

October 15, 2010

Finally, a fatigue-related crash has come to the forefront that exposes the chasm that often exists between safety and compliance

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, October 15, 2010 10:19 AM | » Comments(2)

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