This is terrible news. Our roadways are in bad shape, and we don't hAve enough Money to keep them adequate. Please don't forget that 4,000 people a year are killed in truck related crashes. The trucking industry is trying to increase the size, weight limits and the hours of service already. This will only mean disaster. Our community needs to come together and stop letting the trucking industry put money in front of safety
Both of you make valid points. Please don't forget that 98% of the time when crashes involving tractor trailers occur, they go uninjured. The other vehicle/car are injured, disabled, or killed. You CAN'T win with a truck, PERIOD. Not to mention they do not have under-ride guards to prevent vehicles from going under them. Lastly, 4,000 people are killed every year in truck related crashes with many, many, many, more injured or disabled. We have to share the roadway but they definitely have the advantage.
Shame on Sean McNally and the ATA. The trucking industry must have more restrictions. The industry is pushing for longer trucks, more weight, and the risk to the citizens are increased. He can claim the statistics are down but tell that to the thousands of people who are killed or seriously injured each year. The risk of moving product is NOT worth the cost of a life. It's clear that drivers should have a limit of 10hrs a day, no more. They should have electronic onboard devices, no more paper log books. Trucker fatique is a leading cause of crashes. I feel sorry for the truckers who are forced to follow these rules. Mr. Smith, follow the SHIPA 1574 bill, please don't forget this.
Great Job on the article Ben. Please DON'T STOP your reporting of commercial vehicle safety. Each time you see or hear of a crash - check it out; I bet it's about what you reported on. Tired truckers, no under-ride, speeding, falsifying log books. Stay on top of it Ben! Too many people are dying or being seriously injured.