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October 18, 2010

UMTRI: Lane Departure Warning Systems Improve Accident Avoidance

A year-long field test by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Takata Corporation have shown that an integrated system of crash warning technologies can improve crash avoidanc

October 15, 2010

Record Number of Trucks Inspected During Brake Safety Week; Brake OOS Rate Drops

The number of vehicles inspected during Operation Air Brake's "Brake Safety Week" reached a historic high this year, while also showing a significant drop in the number of out-of-service defects for brake components and overall out-of-service defects

October 12, 2010

ABS Accounts for 3% Crash Reduction

The use of antilock braking systems on the tractor unit has reduced the number of police-reported crashes for air-braked tractor-trailers by an estimated 3 percent, according to a recent study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

October 7, 2010

$63 Million Settlement Reached in Suit Over Oklahoma Crash

The families of eight people killed in a truck crash last year on the Oklahoma Turnpike have settled a lawsuit for $62.7 million

October 6, 2010

NTSB: Highway Deaths Fall in 2009

Transportation fatalities in the United States decreased by 9.2 percent in 2009 from 2008, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board

October 6, 2010

CVSA, FMCSA to Target Aggressive Drivers During Operation Safe Driver

Although substantial progress is being made in driving down commercial motor vehicle-related deaths, enforcement across North America will come down hard on those caught driving aggressively during Operation Safe Driver, October 17-23

October 4, 2010

CVSA Recognizes Safety-Minded Enforcement Officials

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recognized three enforcement leaders who will make up the first-ever CVSA International Safety Team

October 4, 2010

Study: Mandatory Alcohol Testing Cuts Risk of Alcohol Involvement in Fatal Crashes

A study by scientists at Columbia University found that mandatory alcohol testing programs for commercial truck drivers may have contributed to a significant reduction in alcohol involvement in fatal motor carrier crashes

October 1, 2010

Drive Safely Work Week Kicks Off Today

Oct. 4-8 is Drive Safety Work Week, an annual campaign presented by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety

September 30, 2010

Mouthpiece Offers Sleep Apnea Treatment Alternative

Truckers with sleep apnea now have access to an easy-to-use sleep-time mouthpiece that's an alternative to the continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) that is the most common treatment

September 29, 2010

New Bill Would Mandate EOBRs; Backed by Major Trucking Companies

Five major transportation companies today announced their support for legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would require trucking companies engaged in interstate commerce to install electronic on-board recorders in all trucks

September 28, 2010

NTSB Says Driver Fatigue at the Root of Fatal Oklahoma Truck Wreck

The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that driver fatigue stemming from acute sleep loss was to blame in a multi-vehicle crash that claimed 10 lives in Oklahoma last year

September 27, 2010

Governors' Safety Group Sidesteps Cell Phone Ban

The Governors Highway Safety Association declined to follow Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's lead and passed on an opportunity to call for an outright ban on cellphone use and test-messaging while driving

September 22, 2010

FMCSA Webinar to Examine 2009's Historic Truck Crash Decline

The FMCSA Office of Analysis, Research and Technology will host a webinar examining last year's historic decline in truck crashes. The webinar will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time

September 21, 2010

Texting, Eating, Talking Top Distracted Driving Behaviors in Study

When it looked at the most common activities going on in the cab before a crash, SmartDrive Systems found that operating a handheld device, like texting on a phone or operating a GPS, was the most common. Eating/drinking/smoking came in second, and talking on a mobile phone came in third

September 20, 2010

Distracted Driving Summit Opens Today

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will convene a second National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., today

September 17, 2010

CVSA Vision: Safety Is More than Enforcement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is best known as the outfit that issues those clearance stickers to trucks that pass a roadside inspection. That has been the alliance's core program since it was founded in 1980. But over the years it has developed safety policy expertise, and now it's preparing to step onto an even larger stage

September 14, 2010

Agenda Announced for Distracted Driving Summit

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the agenda for the second national Distracted Driving Summit to be held Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C. Don Osterberg, senior vice president of Schneider National, will be on a panel discussion on "Confronting the Distracted Driving Challenge Moving Forward.

September 9, 2010

UMTRI, Con-way Study Integrated Crash Warning System

An integrated system of crash warning technologies designed to enhance the safety of commercial trucks was found in a 10-month study to help drivers stay in their lane and avoid crashes

September 9, 2010

Traffic Deaths Plummet in 2009

The number of truck-involved traffic fatalities fell 20 percent in 2009, to the lowest level since the Department of Transportation started keeping records, while overall highway deaths fell to the lowest number since 1950

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