Highway Safety

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October 10, 2017

NHTSA: Highway Deaths Rise Again, Including Those Involving Trucks

The latest traffic crash data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in calendar year 2016 – marking a significant increase of 5.6% over the same period in 2015.

August 24, 2017

In the Land Where Zero Wins

David Cullen takes you to The Badger State, where the state DOT is determined to change the human culture around highway safety for the better, in his Passing Zone blog.

August 14, 2017

Trump Appointee Sworn In as NTSB Chairman

Robert L. Sumwalt III was sworn in as the National Transportation Safety Board’s 14th chairman for a two-year term following his nomination by President Donald Trump.

August 1, 2017

Speed Kills — But You Can Help Stop It

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board points an unwavering finger at the deadly toll that speeding by motorists keeps taking on our highways. Executive Editor David Cullen looks at the report in his Passing Zone blog.

June 26, 2017

ATA Joins ‘Our Roads, Our Safety’ Outreach Program

American Trucking Associations has joined the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, AAA, and the American Bus Association, to unveil the Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership, aimed at reducing highway fatalities.

May 18, 2017

Railcar Wins Swedish Steel Prize, But Wabash’s Entry Still Admirable

The Helix Dumper is a major advance and worthy of a prize. But I'd have voted for Wabash National's RIG-16 rear impact guard.

March 29, 2017

ATRI Seeks Driver Input on Key Industry Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking driver perspectives on a number of top industry issues through an online survey.

November 15, 2016

NTSB Updates 'Most Wanted List' of Safety Improvements

The National Transportation Safety Board’s latest “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements contains no big surprises compared to the one issued last year.

September 14, 2016

Connected Vehicle Program Could Improve Safety on I-80 in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has been awarded a federal grant to continue a unique connected vehicle program on the Interstate 80 corridor aimed at improving commercial truck safety.

September 1, 2016

Share the Road Rolls Out Comprehensive Truck Safety Video

The American Trucking Associations and its Share the Road highway-safety program has launched the "Share the Road Instructional Video" to demonstrate safe-driving techniques ahead of the busy Labor Day weekend.

July 28, 2016

Safety Advocates Slam NHTSA for Pushing “Robot Car Technology”

The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.

July 5, 2016

NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Up 7.7%

Preliminary data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on July 1 shows a 7.7% rise in motor-vehicle traffic deaths last year. NHTSA said an estimated 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.

January 14, 2016

NTSB: Cut Impaired, Distracted, Fatigued Driving

NTSB's new “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements stresses the continuing need to reduce accidents caused by drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs as well as those who are distracted or fatigued.

June 17, 2015

Trucking Alliance: Senate Should Ditch Funding Riders that “Compromise Safety”

The Trucking Alliance is urging the Senate to reject riders to the funding bill that “would compromise truck safety” by reducing funding for certain truck-safety programs and for infrastructure improvements.

June 3, 2015

NHTSA Issues Truck Electronic-Stability Rule

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued its long-awaited final rule to require electronic stability control (ESC) systems on Class 7-8 trucks and large buses.

April 23, 2015

FMCSA May Reward Carriers for Going Beyond Safety Regs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on its potential development of a program that would take into consideration a motor carrier’s “proactive voluntary implementation of state-of-the-art best practices and technologies” when evaluating the company’s safety program.

March 30, 2015

Ohio Lawmakers Scrap Highway Speed Limit Increase

Ohio Lawmakers scrapped a proposal to raise highway speed limits to 75 mph that was opposed by the trucking industry, according to a report from Cleveland.com.

March 27, 2015

Technology's Promise Paying Off, Says Volvo Group CEO

In his keynote address at the annual HDMA Briefing Breakfast at the Mid-America Trucking Show Friday morning, Persson sketched out the top trends in transportation regarding highway safety, environmental sustainability, and technology.

February 20, 2015

NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

Highway-safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses rated at 10,000 pounds or more GVW.

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