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Trucking Safety is No Accident

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that the Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) propose equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on U.S. roadways, and requiring those devices be set to a maximum speed, a safety measure that could save lives and more than $1 billion in fuel costs each year. Read More on NHTSA’s Website
A lawsuit on behalf of a Webb County man killed in an 18-wheeler crash has settled, announced attorney Billy Edwards, of the Edwards Law Firm, Corpus Christi. The 18-wheeler truck driver was sleep deprived according to police. The crash, which killed Doroteo Gonzales, 63, of Sinton, TX and seriously injured three others, involved three vehicles traveling on State Highway 80 in Karnes County at about 7 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2015.
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After nearly a two year delay, a new federal rule is expected to be signed into law that would establish a national database of commercial truck drivers who either failed or refused to take a drug test. This new federal resource, officially known as the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, is needed. Getting truckers with drug and alcohol problems – especially repeat offenders – off the road would save lives.
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Buried deep within the Environmental Protection Agency’s new 1,690-page greenhouse gas pollution rule book is a requirement to slash the particulate emissions coughed out by the idling diesel engines of heavy-duty trucks. The new EPA emissions standards aim to cut the pollution caused when truckers either keep their engines on, or use small diesel-fueled auxiliary power units, or APUs, to cool or heat their cabs and run household appliances while parked.