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Missouri drivers may be even more concerned about risks on the roadway after reports that the Trump administration is planning to roll back safety regulations in the trucking industry. Truck drivers' hours on the job are limited by hours of service regulations. The purpose of these regulations is to prevent truck driver fatigue, a documented contributor to many serious crashes. Truck accidents are a particular danger to others on the road, because the size and weight of large trucks mean that the occupants of smaller passenger vehicles are much more likely to suffer serious injuries and even fatalities.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is sponsoring Operation Safe Driver Week in mid-July. While law enforcement will be looking out for a variety of unsafe behaviors, it will be putting the most emphasis on drivers who speed. This is because speeding accounted for 26% of traffic fatalities in 2017 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . Furthermore, speeding was a factor in 94% of crashes in 2015.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List, and both truckers and truck fleet owners in Missouri should take note because 6 out of the 10 desired items relate to the trucking industry. The first item is to eliminate distracted driving. Among other things, the NTSB recommends that all states ban the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices with the exception of navigation software.
Missouri residents are often surprised to know that there are major differences between accidents that involve cars and ones that involve trucks. A tractor-trailer crash is usually more serious for all vehicles involved in the incident.
Safety advocates in Missouri and across the country are urging members of Congress to take action to reduce the risk of severe, often fatal trucking accidents. Underride crashes occur when a passenger car or other smaller vehicle slides and is trapped beneath the carriage of a large commercial truck in a collision. These accidents are frequently fatal, leading to severe head and neck injuries. As a result, advocates want to strengthen regulations that could prevent these types of crashes from becoming so severe.
In a recent AAA survey, 88 percent of respondents expressed their belief that distracted driving is on the rise, more so than aggressive driving or drunk or drugged driving. Truck fleet managers in Missouri should especially be aware of the hazards of distracted driving; truckers use their smartphones as much as everyone else, but they are also encouraged by the prevailing "productivity culture" to forgo sleep for the sake of meeting deadlines.
Some Missouri drivers may be a bit concerned when they have to share the road with trucks and other larger vehicles. Normally, there's nothing to worry about if such vehicles are well-maintained and the drivers are following rules specific to their industry. However, the results of an inspection blitz spearheaded by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance suggest drivers of smaller vehicles may have cause for concern. During a three-day period June 5-7, nearly 70,000 roadside inspections were conducted and 11,000-plus trucks and buses and nearly 3,000 drivers were taken out of service.
The hours-of-service rules set up by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have been controversial for some truck drivers and fleet owners in Missouri. However, the FMCSA announced in August 2018 that it may revise some of the rules. Now it is seeking input on these proposals, even holding public listening sessions in various locations. Below are the proposed changes.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a report outlining its plan to reform its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The reforms were made necessary by a 2015 congressional order designed to make travel safer on Missouri and U.S. roadways. This report has been referred to by Congress and the FMCSA as a corrective action plan. Among its key reforms is an effort to make it easier for trucking companies and motor carriers to understand the CSA scoring system and calculate their own scores.
The fleet management systems provider Verizon Connect has recently analyzed driving behaviors from more than 6,200 of its fleet customers between October 2015 and September 2017. After considering factors like the number of fatalities per mile driven and speeding events per day, it has been able to rank the safest, as well as the least safe, states for commercial motor vehicle and work vehicle drivers. Missouri residents may be intrigued by the results.