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May 2018 Archives

Report from FMCSA reveals large-truck fatalities info

Motorists in Ohio who are concerned about road safety should be aware that the number of trucks that were factors in fatal crashes in 2016 rose by three percent from 2015. This is according to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 2016 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report that was released in May 2016. The report also states that for 73 percent of the truck-involved crashes that resulted in fatalities, the main contributing event that occurred before the crash was an animal, a person, another vehicle or object that was either occupying the truck's lane or intruding into it.

Operation Safe Driver Week to begin on July 15

Motorists in Ohio and around the country can expect to see semi-tractor trailers being pulled over for safety inspections in mid-July. That is because the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its annual Operation Safe Driver Week in the United States and Canada between July 15 and July 21. During the seven-day road safety initiative, law enforcement will be on the lookout for unsafe commercial vehicles and dangerous driving behavior, and commercial vehicle inspectors will check the brakes and other safety systems of thousands of tractor-trailers.

Long commutes prior to work could add to truck driver fatigue

Truck drivers in Ohio often work long hours, and their commutes prior to their work shifts have the potential of increasing their fatigue. The fatal truck accident in June 2014 that killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured actor Tracy Morgan highlighted the role of long commutes in truck driver fatigue. The truck driver who allegedly fell asleep before crashing into the actor's vehicle appeared to have slept only 4 hours during the 33 hours before the accident. He had driven 800 miles to get to work and start his shift as a driver for Walmart's private trucking fleet.

Coalition to work to stop traffic fatalities

The Road to Zero Coalition, an organization that was formed in part by the National Safety Council, aims to lower the number of traffic-related road deaths by 2050. The coalition, which has 675 members, published a report in April 2018 that provided an outline for how the United States can lower the occurrences of traffic fatalities to zero. According to the CEO of the NSC, in order to completely eliminate traffic deaths, new technology, a dedication of resources and leadership will have to be a part of the solution.

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