Substantial Progress Made to Reduce Highway Crashes

There has been substantive progress on more than half of 20 critical steps necessary to further reduce highway crashes, according to a new progress report released by American Trucking Associations on its progressive safety agenda.

The report comes four years after ATA released its list of safety priorities and called on policymakers to do more to make trucks and their workplace, America’s roadways, safer. The Safety Agenda was developed by ATA’s Safety Task Force and adopted by ATA’s Board of Directors to improve the performance of both commercial and non-commercial drivers, and to make vehicles and motor carriers safer.

Through the end of 2012, several areas identified by ATA such as the safe use of technology, establishment of a national registry for certified medical examiners, and a system to pre-screen potential truck drivers have been the subject of positive, substantial change.

Nine other areas – including; improving truck parking, enactment of primary seat belt laws, establishment of programs to target aggressive driving behaviors, development of crashworthiness standards for large trucks, and the creation of a clearinghouse for driver drug and alcohol test results – have seen some favorable progress, but still substantive changes have not yet been fully implemented.

There are still several areas, however, which still could use further improvement. These include; implementation of a national speed limit of 65 mph and speed limiters for all commercial vehicles and for passenger vehicles for drivers with certain traffic convictions. Progress on electronic logging devices and hair testing for drugs are areas seeking improvement as well.

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