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June 7, 2001

Brakes Biggest Fault In Texas Inspections

More than one-third of the commercial trucks inspected Tuesday near Devine, Texas, as part of Roadcheck 2001 were found to be unsafe.

June 4, 2001

Texas Lawmakers Send Key Safety Bills To Governor

The 2001 legislative session in the Lone Star state ended with the governor receiving a pair of bills that would affect truck drivers traveling through Texas

June 4, 2001

Truck Inspection Blitz Begins Today

Truck and bus safety inspectors throughout North America will be on the job today through Thursday checking trucks and buses and their drivers at inspection sites along major highways

May 23, 2001

NHTSA Announces Recalls

The most recent list of recalls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration included several medium- and heavy-duty trucks

May 22, 2001

Safety Engineers Kick Off Education Campaign

Driving safely around large trucks is part of the message being promoted by the American Society of Safety Engineer

May 21, 2001

Trucking Prominent on NTSB Most Wanted List

The National Transportation Safety Board last week released its "Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements" for 2001. A third of the 12 items affect trucking

May 11, 2001

Cell Phone Distractions Addressed in Hearing

There were lots of anecdotes and few hard numbers last week at a House Transportation subcommittee meeting on the danger of using mobile phones while driving

April 30, 2001

NHTSA Study Confirms Reflective Tape Effectiveness

A new study by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms that the reflective tape now required on truck trailers is effective in preventing crashes

April 26, 2001

Insurance Industry Says Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says cameras that help catch drivers who run red lights may also prevent collisions

April 25, 2001

ATA Touts Finnish Crash Study

The American Trucking Associations is asking the Department of Transportation to look at an accident study done by researchers in Finland as the agency continues to look at truck driver hours of service regulations

April 17, 2001

Trucker Crashes After Hiding Diabetes

A Texas truck driver spent four weeks in the hospital and faces charges for violating federal truck safety regulations after going into insulin shock and crashing his truck

April 17, 2001

RoadCheck 2001 Scheduled

The annual "RoadCheck" 72-hour inspection blitz is scheduled for June 5-7

April 11, 2001

Voyager Express, Metropolitan Trucking Win TCA Safety Awards

Voyager Express of Denver and Metropolitan Trucking of Paterson, N.J., won the Truckload Carriers Assn.'s National Fleet Safety Contest

April 5, 2001

Dangerous Finger

Add to the list of dangerous driver distractions "picking your nose." According to The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call, New Jersey driver Antonio Randino took one hand off the wheel to pick his nose before his truck crashed on I-80 in late January, killing two motorists. This information was revealed during a preliminary hearing this week, in which testimony also said Randino was traveling at least 69 mph in a 50-mph zone

April 3, 2001

Prime Hosts Sleep Deprivation Workshop

Prime Inc. tackled the issue of sleep deprivation head on last week with a press conference and workshop to help remind truckers and other motorists of the importance of getting a good night's sleep

March 29, 2001

NTSB Calls for Safety Check of Haldex Automatic Slack Adjusters

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued advisory bulletins to other federal agencies, trucking associations, fleet operators and commercial vehicle safety inspectors to inspect automatic slack adjusters made by Haldex Brake Products Corp., Kansas City, Mo

March 29, 2001

Truck Crash Fatalities Drop in 2000

Truck-related fatalities dropped slightly in 2000, according to preliminary figures released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation

March 28, 2001

Studying Driver Distraction

Ford Motor Co. is looking into how in-vehicle devices distract drivers, especially those that require the driver’s concentration

March 27, 2001

Scientists Warn of Sleep Apnea

British papers this week are touting the news that fat truck drivers are prone to falling asleep at the wheel. The culprit is sleep apnea, a disorder more common in older, overweight males - a common truck driver profile

March 20, 2001

Trucker in Bourbonnais Train Wreck Well Over the Legal Driving Limit

The truck driver involved in the fatal collision with an Amtrak train in Bourbonnais, Ill., two years ago had logged 30 hours without a break, investigators said

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