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March 13, 2000

Virginia Survey Supports Retreads

A recent study by the Virginia Department of Transportation concluded that retreads were not the main cause of roadside tire debris.

March 10, 2000

FDA Issues Warning on Herbal "Speed" Pill

The FDA has issued new warning about the herbal 'speed' pill, ephedra. Sold over-the-counter, often in truckstops, as an energy pill, diet aid, and even as an herbal alternative to the street drug, Ecstasy, ephedra is "as easy to buy as aspirin, and looks safer, because no warning labels are required."

March 8, 2000

Smoke Causes Big Pileup in Florida

Blinding smoke from a nearby forest fire caused a massive traffic pileup on a north Florida interstate Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 21 others, officials said.

March 8, 2000

Tire Company Fined For Trucker's Death

The owners of a an Iowa tire plant have been fined $150,000 for safety law violations in the November 1999 explosion that killed a truck driver delivering a flammable chemical to the plant.

March 7, 2000

Trucker Falls Off Ladder, Gets $655,000

An Illinois truck driver who fell off a broken ladder while loading produce at a farm warehouse in Colorado was awarded $655,000 last week by a Denver federal jury.

March 7, 2000

Help on the Way For Sleep Disorder

A computer program that can detect potentially fatal episodes of sleep apnea may soon offer physicians an easier and cheaper way to diagnose their patients, according to a recent report in the Albany Times Union. Michael I.

March 7, 2000

Education is Key on Florida's Busy Roads

Between 15,000 to 20,000 commercial trucks travel on the roads of Florida's Polk County every day. Truckers say they strive for safety, but motorists will need more education on sharing the road to prevent many accidents.

March 3, 2000

Be Careful Out There

A recent e mail inquiry from a lady with a fond remembrance of traveling the road with a knapsack, an outstretched thumb and little else has rattled my thought process. Her idea is to hit the

March 3, 2000

Trucker's Widow Wins Appeal in Michigan

The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a $2.35 million award against the state Department of Transportation related to a 1992 crash that killed a tanker driver.

February 25, 2000

Study Says Iowa Needs More Truck Parking

Iowa may be the home of the "world's largest truckstop," but a new study says there's not enough overnight parking for trucks in the state. The study, requested by the Iowa Legislature, found that the Iowa Department

February 24, 2000

NSF Calls For New Rules Based on 24-Hour Clock

As the Clinton Administration puts the final touches on proposed driver hours of service regulations, the National Sleep Foundation released a position statement Thursday calling for new rules based on current scientific research regarding sleep

February 24, 2000

FHWA Study Says Red-Light Cameras Work

A report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration shows that red light running violations decreased by as much as 60% at intersections where cameras automatically enforce the law

February 23, 2000

Trucker Made Unsafe Turn, Says CHP

A crash that killed 13 farm laborers in a van in Fresno County, CA, last August was mainly the fault of the truck driver who made an unsafe U-turn, according to a report released Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol

February 22, 2000

Kentucky Bill Would Mean Split Speeds

A bill awaiting a hearing before the Kentucky House Transportation Committee would raise speed limits for motorists but not for truckers

February 11, 2000

West Virginia Slows Trucks On Steep Grades

West Virginia says its efforts to slow down trucks on steep grades on I-64 and I-68 are a success

February 10, 2000

Fog, Convoy May Have Caused Ohio Pileup

The Ohio Highway Patrol is not yet sure what triggered a chain reaction on Interstate 70 early this week that involved nine tractor-trailers and left one trucker dead. Early indications are that thick fog may have been a factor, while truckers speculate the trucks were traveling too close together

February 9, 2000

Missouri Legislation Targets Speeding Trucks

A bill being considered in the Missouri State Legislature would drop the speed limit for heavy trucks from 70 mph to 65 on rural interstates and highways, leaving the limit at 70 for other vehicles

February 8, 2000

New York To Install More Rest Area Signs

New York State plans to erect more signs to steer sleepy truck drivers to rest areas. The signs, meant to reduce fatigue-related accidents, could appear this spring in as many as 70 locations along the New York State Thruway and other heavily traveled highways

February 2, 2000

Missed Turn Causes Train-Truck Collision

Seven people were hurt and a $1.5 million oversize load was destroyed last week near Los Angeles when a truck driver missed his turn and bottomed out on railroad tracks, where the rig was hit by a commuter train

February 2, 2000

Ontario Police Stage Truck Inspection Blitz

Canadian officials held an inspection blitz Monday in Pickering, Ontario. The blitz marked the five-year anniversary of a fatal truck wheel-loss accident

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