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November 11, 1998 - Industry News

Ohio Patrol Seeks Truck In Fatal Accident

Nov. 12 – Ohio state troopers are asking for help in finding the driver of a Peterbilt that struck a woman on the Ohio Turnpike Monday evening, killing her

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November 11, 1998 - Industry News

PATT Schedules Fatigue Seminar

Nov. 12 – Parents Against Tired Truckers (http://www.patt.org) is putting on a seminar on driver fatigue next February in California

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November 6, 1998 - Industry News

Philly Highway Curve Studied After Third Truck Crash

Nov. 9 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is trying to figure out why there are frequent truck crashes on the Schuylkill Expressway near the 28th Street curve in South Philadelphia. Last week, for the third

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November 6, 1998 - Industry News

Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Ohio Trucker

Nov. 8 – A grand jury decided not to indict a trucker who was accused of recklessly causing the death of a college student in a crash Oct. 16 on I-280 near Toledo, OH – but the prosecutor says she’s not giving up, according to a report in the Toledo Blade

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November 6, 1998 - Industry News

New Hours of Service Rules May Be Coming Soon

Nov. 7 – Some 18 months after the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Motor Carriers wrapped up hearings on how hours-of-service rules for truck drivers should be changed, new proposed rules may finally be issued

November 5, 1998 - Industry News

Highway Fatality Study Gives Erroneous Message About Truck Safety

Nov. 6 – According to analysts at Hendrix Consulting, an Ormond Beach, FL-based trucking industry research firm, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study that gives the image “of large trucks wreaking havoc on the highways

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November 2, 1998 - Industry News

Truck Fatal Accident Rate Drops

Nov. 3 – Figures released last week by the Federal Highway Administration showed the fatal accident rate for large trucks fell slightly in 1997. The rate dropped from 2.41 per 100 million miles in 1996 to

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October 21, 1998 - Industry News

House Transportation Chair Guaranteed Re-election

Oct. 22 – U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, a republican and chairman of the House Transportation Committee, is virtually guaranteed re-election Nov. 3 – he faces himself on the ballot. Shuster is on the ballot as both the

October 20, 1998 - Industry News

Office Of Motor Carriers To Stay In FHWA

Oct. 21 – After intense lobbying by the trucking industry, the Office of Motor Carriers will stay where it is

October 12, 1998 - Industry News

Highway Spending Bill Could Change Trucking Oversight

Oct. 13 – A Virginia representative wants to move the Office of Motor Carriers from the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican, has been

October 6, 1998 - Industry News

Federal CB Legislation Has Uncertain Future

Oct. 7 – The fate of congressional legislation to allow local governments to enforce federal rules over the use of CB radios is still uncertain. Earlier this year, House and Senate versions of a bill were

October 6, 1998 - Industry News

Trucker Given 60 Days For Fatal Crash

Oct. 8 – An Indiana truck driver is serving 60 days in jail for causing a chain-reaction accident that killed four people in Ohio. The Toledo Blade reports that Jonnie Morris, 58, of Muncie, IN, pleaded guilty

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October 6, 1998 - Industry News

Six AR Rest Stops To Be Trucker Rests

Oct. 8 – Six rest areas being closed in Arkansas will be converted into parking areas for truckers, reports the Associated Press. The state Highway Commission voted Sept. 22 to close 12 rest areas, six of

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October 5, 1998 - Industry News

FHWA Restructures Field Offices

Oct. 6 – The Federal Highway Administration is streamlining its field organization, replacing its nine regional offices with four “virtual” resource centers. The centers are: Eastern, located in Baltimore; Southern, located in Atlanta; Midwestern, located in

October 1, 1998 - Industry News

Oily Sealant May Have Contributed to Fiery Accident

Oct. 2 -- An oily road sealant may have contributed to a fiery, fatal truck accident in Reno, NV, last weekend, reports the Associated Press. City public works crews had been working on the road less

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September 29, 1998 - Industry News

Government Project to Improve Driver History Tracking

Oct. 1 – Although the federal commercial driver’s license system was supposed to end the problems of duplicate licenses and truckers on the road with multiple traffic convictions, there have been some problems. To combat this,

September 29, 1998 - Industry News

Tank Truck Driver Dies Avoiding Wreck, Called Hero By Witnesses

Oct. 1 – A tank truck driver who died last weekend trying to avoid hitting cars at a busy intersection in Reno, NV, has been called a hero by some witnesses. Dave Cermak, 55, of Sparks, NV,

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September 29, 1998 - Industry News

Insurance Survey Finds Opposition To Longer Hours

Oct. 1 – Most Americans oppose allowing truck drivers to work longer hours, according to a survey sponsored by the Insurance Research Council. The survey says 81% of the public think it would be unsafe to permit

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September 29, 1998 - Industry News

Arkansas To Close 12 Rest Areas

Sept. 30 – The Arkansas Highway Commission is going ahead with plans to close 12 highway rest areas, reports the Associated Press. Among the stops to be closed over the next two years will be pairs

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September 28, 1998 - Industry News

Runaway Truck Avoids Death In Virginia

Sept. 29 – It's a trucker's nightmare: barreling down a hillside with no brakes and seeing traffic stopped below. That’s what happened last Thursday to John Franklin of Baton Rouge, LA, on I-81 near Christiansburg, VA, reports

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September 25, 1998 - Industry News

NTSB Recommends On-Board Recorders, Simulators

Sept. 28 – After investigating a 1997 crash that killed eight people, the National Transportation Safety Board has made several recommendations on traction control, onboard recorders and simulator training

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September 24, 1998 - Industry News

Arkansas Raises Speed Limits

Sept. 25 – The Arkansas Highway Commission voted Tuesday to increase speed limits on a number of highways. Suburban interstate speed limits will be raised from 60 mph to 65 mph, and Little Rock’s urban interstate speed

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September 21, 1998 - Industry News

Hours Of Service Gets Sneak Preview

Sept. 22 — As the Federal Highway Administration was being blasted in Senate committee hearings for failing to revise hours-of-service regulations last week, the agency was apparently sending up a trial balloon on just that subject.

September 21, 1998 - Industry News

New Study Says ‘Don’t Jump’!

Sept. 22 — Every day, thousands of truck drivers risk injuring their ankles, knees and lower back by jumping from their cabs or trailers without using grab rails and steps, according to a recent study

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September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Hours of Service

Sept. 21 — Trucker fatigue and hours-of-service regulations were the focus of a Senate committee hearing held last Wednesday. Tired truckers “are estimated to cause a growing portion of the nearly half-million large truck accidents on U.S.

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