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February 24, 1999

National Transportation Safety Conference Next Week

The Department of Transportation has announced a two-day national transportation safety conference to take place in Washington, D.C., beginning March 2

February 17, 1999

Montana Moves Closer To Speed Limit

Montana moved one step closer Monday to putting up new speed limit signs on its highways, with lopsided House approval of a bill that calls for lower truck limits than the version passed by the Senate

February 9, 1999

Freightliners Recalled For Wiper Problem

Nearly 7,000 Freightliner Century Class trucks with model years from 1996-1998 have been recalled for windshield wiper problems

February 8, 1999

Montana Motor Carriers Oppose Higher Speed Limit

The Montana Motor Carriers Assn. opposes the state Legislature’s proposed 10-mph increase in speed limit for trucks on Interstate highways

February 4, 1999

Montana House Considers Speed Limit

The Montana House is holding a hearing today on a bill setting new speed limits

February 3, 1999

Freightliner’s Hebe Speaks Out

Government and safety representatives are willing to look at bigger and heavier trucks if the industry can prove they’re safer and easier on the roads, said Freightliner President and CEO Jim Hebe Tuesday at a press conference at the company’s Portland, OR, headquarters

February 2, 1999

Montana Senate Passes Speed Limit Bill

Montana is edging closer to setting some actual speed limits for both cars and trucks — and it looks like there may be some different limits for big rigs

January 22, 1999

Symposium, Bills Tackle Road Rage

Three-quarters of respondents to a national survey believe it is very important to do something about road rage, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater last week at a symposium on preventing aggressive driving

January 12, 1999

North Carolina Looking At High-Tech Brake Inspections

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is shopping for high-tech devices to detect faulty truck brakes, reports the Associated Press, but those devices are not approved for funding by the federal government

January 7, 1999

Virginia Congressmen Hold Hearing On Trucks And I-81

Two U.S. representatives from Virginia held a hearing earlier this week on truck safety on Interstate 81 – a hearing made even more important after a crash involving eight tractor-trailers killed four people last weekend on the heavily traveled highway

January 6, 1999

Ice, Fog, Speed Lead To Virginia Pileup

Jan. 7 – Four people were killed and 26 injured in an accident last weekend on Interstate 81 near Lexington, VA. Although officials have had a hard time determining the cause of the tragedy, they now say it appears a tractor-trailer traveling too fast for conditions set off the chain reaction. The driver of that rig was one of the people killed in the crash

December 31, 1998

Trucker Won’t Be Charged In Fatal Rollover

Jan. 1 – A Pennsylvania truck driver won’t face criminal charges for an accident where his rig rolled over and crushed a car, killing three people, reports the Associated Press – but he has been targeted in a civil suit

December 22, 1998

NHTSA Publishes Recall List

Dec. 23 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a list of safety recalls announced in November

December 18, 1998

North Carolina Task Force Recommends Truck Safety Improvements

Dec. 21 – State inspections of heavy trucks and restricting them to the right-hand lane are just two of 66 recommendations made by a North Carolina task force on improving truck safety in the state

December 16, 1998

North Carolina Officials To Look At Dangerous Grade

Dec. 17 – A steep grade on Interstate 26 just across the South Carolina line will be the subject of a public meeting next week

December 16, 1998

Nebraska Legislator Wants Lower Speed Limits

Dec. 17 – One Nebraska state legislator plans to introduce legislation to lower the interstate speed limit in the eastern part of the state, reports the Lincoln Journal Star

December 11, 1998

Snow Triggers Pileups Near Denver

Dec. 14 – In less than 24 hours, snow triggered two major pileups on congested Interstate 24 near Denver

December 10, 1998

NHTSA Recalls Volvo Trucks

Dec. 11 – More than 95,000 WhiteGMC/Volvo trucks made since 1986 are being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The air suspension control valve supply line was not plumbed through an air pressure protection

December 8, 1998

Louisiana Offers Road Rage Hotline

Dec. 9 – Louisiana is publicizing a toll-free number for cell phone callers to reach state troopers to report bad drivers

December 7, 1998

CRASH, Trucking Industry Debate Safety Record

Dec. 8 – Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways let loose another volley Friday in its efforts to move federal oversight of the trucking industry with a press conference announcing its annual ranking of the most dangerous states for big rig fatalities

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