Safety Briefs – June 2003

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Transportation Safety Technologies announced two new versions of its Eagle Eye Object Detection System. A single-sensor system called Sidekick provides obstacle detection on the right side of a tractor or straight truck. A second product is a trailer-only system that uses sonar sensors placed on the rear of the trailer. The new products offer the benefits of an object detection system without buying the entire Eagle Eye system, the company says.

DriveCam Video Systems launched the DriveCam Protected Fleet Certification Program. To become certified, fleets must show that they have properly integrated the DriveCam Driving Feedback System into their fleet operations and driver performance evaluation standards.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced a bill (H.R. 1248) that excludes from motor vehicle weight and width limitations certain energy conservation and safety devices. The text of H.R. 1248 is available at this site.

Smith System has been acquired by David M. Boucher and McFadden Brothers, a New York City-based investment firm. Founded in 1952, Smith System delivers behind-the-wheel instruction to more than 15,000 fleet drivers annually and has presented its program in 47 countries. The company will continue to operate from its Arlington, Texas, headquarters.