November 6, 1998
Nov. 8 – A grand jury decided not to indict a trucker who was accused of recklessly causing the death of a college student in a crash Oct. 16 on I-280 near Toledo, OH – but the prosecutor says she’s not giving up, according to a report in the Toledo Blade
November 5, 1998
Nov. 6 – According to analysts at Hendrix Consulting, an Ormond Beach, FL-based trucking industry research firm, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study that gives the image “of large trucks wreaking havoc on the highways
November 2, 1998
Nov. 3 – Figures released last week by the Federal Highway Administration showed the fatal accident rate for large trucks fell slightly in 1997. The rate dropped from 2.41 per 100 million miles in 1996 to
October 6, 1998
Oct. 8 – An Indiana truck driver is serving 60 days in jail for causing a chain-reaction accident that killed four people in Ohio.
The Toledo Blade reports that Jonnie Morris, 58, of Muncie, IN, pleaded guilty
Oct. 8 – Six rest areas being closed in Arkansas will be converted into parking areas for truckers, reports the Associated Press. The state Highway Commission voted Sept. 22 to close 12 rest areas, six of
October 1, 1998
Oct. 2 -- An oily road sealant may have contributed to a fiery, fatal truck accident in Reno, NV, last weekend, reports the Associated Press. City public works crews had been working on the road less
September 29, 1998
Oct. 1 – A tank truck driver who died last weekend trying to avoid hitting cars at a busy intersection in Reno, NV, has been called a hero by some witnesses.
Dave Cermak, 55, of Sparks, NV,
Oct. 1 – Most Americans oppose allowing truck drivers to work longer hours, according to a survey sponsored by the Insurance Research Council.
The survey says 81% of the public think it would be unsafe to permit
Sept. 30 – The Arkansas Highway Commission is going ahead with plans to close 12 highway rest areas, reports the Associated Press. Among the stops to be closed over the next two years will be pairs
September 28, 1998
Sept. 29 – It's a trucker's nightmare: barreling down a hillside with no brakes and seeing traffic stopped below.
That’s what happened last Thursday to John Franklin of Baton Rouge, LA, on I-81 near Christiansburg, VA, reports
September 25, 1998
Sept. 28 – After investigating a 1997 crash that killed eight people, the National Transportation Safety Board has made several recommendations on traction control, onboard recorders and simulator training
September 24, 1998
Sept. 25 – The Arkansas Highway Commission voted Tuesday to increase speed limits on a number of highways.
Suburban interstate speed limits will be raised from 60 mph to 65 mph, and Little Rock’s urban interstate speed
September 21, 1998
Sept. 22 — Every day, thousands of truck drivers risk injuring their ankles, knees and lower back by jumping from their cabs or trailers without using grab rails and steps, according to a recent study
September 17, 1998
Sept. 18 — The Paccar Technical Center in Mt. Vernon, WA, has given the Virginia Tech Center for Transportation Research a Model 379 sleeper-cab tractor.
In exchange, Virginia Tech researchers will develop hardware and software for a
September 11, 1998
Navistar International recently lost an appeal of a ruling ordering it to pay $5.1 million to the family of a Georgia woman who died in a 1989 accident.
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta
Sept. 16 – Connecticut and Hawaii are the only states to post a maximum 55-mph limit, but in a few weeks, Hawaii will stand alone.
The State Traffic Commission will boost the speed limit on 330 miles
September 10, 1998
Sept. 11 – A trucker who slammed into a Colorado school bus after apparently falling asleep earlier this month has been charged with careless driving.
Ricky Martinez was cited for two counts of careless driving causing bodily
September 9, 1998
General Ideas is looking for fleets of at least 30 trucks to test a new anti-icing/de-icing fluid this winter. The spray-on fluid, invented by NASA Ames Research Center, prevents ice and snow from sticking to surfaces
The deadline for comments on more changes to the Federal Highway Administration’s carrier safety system is Sep. 18. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, passed in June, prohibits carriers with bad safety ratings from
September 8, 1998
September 8 — An owner-operator who slammed into a school bus in Colorado last week fell asleep at the wheel, according to a preliminary investigation.
Ricky Martinez was driving his grain truck through Holyoke, CO, on his
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