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October 16, 2012

Operation Safe Driver Week Aims to Prevent Distracted Driving

During its annual Operation Safe mobilization effort the week of Oct. 14-20, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is calling on all drivers to reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives, with special attention to both commercial vehicle safety and sharing the road with commercial vehicles

October 9, 2012

Volvo Honors Safe Fleets

LAS VEGAS - Volvo Trucks honored two fleets with its 2012 Volvo Trucks Safety Award. Each recipient will receive $25,000 to be used toward safety-related activities

October 8, 2012

New ATA Paper Says Fatigued Driving Exaggerated

In a new white paper, American Trucking Associations sets the record straight about the involvement of fatigue in large truck crashes, saying anti-trucking industry interest groups wildly exaggerate its role in crashes

October 8, 2012

FMCSA Expands Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced an expanded version of its Pre-Employment Screening Program, making it easier for more motor carrier companies, with the driver's consent, to access PSP records

October 6, 2012

New Trucking Alliance Bids for Leadership on Safety

The small group of trucking companies that agitated for mandatory electronic onboard recorders in the recent highway bill is on a mission to apply the same laser focus to a half-dozen additional safety initiatives, including mandatory speed limiters and improvements to drug and alcohol testing

September 27, 2012

Traffic Deaths up by 9% First Half of Year

U.S. traffic deaths jumped by 9% in the first six months of this year, with a total of 16,290 traffic deaths reported

September 24, 2012

NHTSA: Nearly 10% of Fatal Crashes Involved Distracted Driving

Distracted driving was cited as a contributing factor in nearly 10% of all fatal crashes in 2010, while that number nearly doubles (to 18%) for crashes where individuals were injured, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

September 18, 2012

FreightWatch Figures Show Cargo Theft Drop from Second Quarter

The summer months saw a drop in cargo thefts compared to the second quarter, but there was a slight increase in the theft of electronics, auto/parts and pharmaceuticals, according to numbers compiled by FreightWatch International

September 17, 2012

ATA Safety Management Council Announces 2012 Award Recipients

ATA's Safety Management Council announced its 2012 award winners at its Safety & Human Resources National Conference & Exhibition in Kansas City, Mo

September 14, 2012

NAFA Lends Support to Drive Safely Work Week

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety sponsors Drive Safely Work Week each year during the first week of October. NAFA Fleet Management Association is promoting the annual safety campaign, which takes place this year Oct. 1-5

September 9, 2012

Governors Safety Group Calls for Ban on Handheld Cell Phones

During its recent annual meeting, the Governors Highway Safety Association strengthened its policy positions regarding distracted driving and drugged driving, including calling for a ban on handheld cell phones for all drivers

August 21, 2012

60 Trucks in DOT Test of '
Connected Vehicle' Crash Avoidance Technology

The Department of Transportation yesterday launched a year-long pilot project to test technology that lets cars, trucks and buses "talk" to each other and to infrastructure. The idea behind these Wi-Fi-like devices is to avoid crashes and improve traffic flow. If tests and other research go well, it could lead to regulations in the future

August 20, 2012

Legal Claims, Counterclaims Continue from 2011 Amtrak-Truck Crash

The trucking company involved in a June 2011 crash of an Amtrak train east of Reno, Nev., filed new court documents taking issue with a Union Pacific Railroad video of the rail crossing gates, according to the Reno Gazette Journal

August 15, 2012

Roadcheck 2012 Finds Driver and Vehicle OOS Rates Near Historic Lows

Out-of-service rates during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Roadcheck inspection blitz in June were the second lowest in 25 years, according to the organization

August 10, 2012

Virginia Tech Studying Electronic Logs

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is studying the safety records of drivers and fleets that have been using electronic onboard recorders to comply with federal hours of service requirements to see if they improve safety and compliance

August 10, 2012

Top Commercial Vehicle Inspectors Honored

More than 50 commercial vehicle inspectors showed off their skills last week in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's North American Inspectors Championship

August 2, 2012

Fatal Bus Crash Underscores Need for Fatigue Management Programs, NTSB says

As a consequence of a fatal bus crash last year, the National Transportation Safety Board is urging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to be more assertive in monitoring fatigue management programs

July 27, 2012

Cargo Theft Numbers Show Downward Trend in Metal Heists

The value of cargo thefts in the second quarter dropped, according to FreightWatch International, with a drop in the number of metal thefts

July 13, 2012

FMCSA Shuts Down Chameleon Carrier

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down Alabama-based trucking company MTI Transportation LLC based on evidence that it was a chameleon operation for two unsafe carriers previously shut down by the agency

July 5, 2012

Researchers Identify Common Factors in Truck-Related Crashes

Two Kansas State University civil engineers are working to make Kansas roads and highways safer by reducing the number and severity of vehicular crashes that involve large, cargo-carrying trucks

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