Preventable or not?

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The fatal crash rate for large trucks in 2004 fell to its lowest point since tracking of the rate began in 1975, according to figures released by the Federal Highway Administration. The 2004 rate for large trucks was 1.96 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT), beating the previous low of 1.97 per 100 million VMT recorded in 2002.

Ontario Trucking Association’s membership has asked the provincial government to require all trucks that operate into, out of and within Ontario to use speed limiters or governors and to set the highest speed a truck could go to no more than 105 kph (65 mph). The association citied environmental, safety and economic reasons.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Office of Research and Analysis will hold its sixth annual forum, FMCSA Safety and Security Accomplishments, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting. To register for the free forum, e-mail with your name, title, organization, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration revised various terminology, definitions and requirements related to hazardous materials regulations in order to ensure consistency with the Hazardous Materials Safety and Security Reauthorization Act of 2005. Visit this site and search Docket No. 22208.

Deadheading after midnight in North Carolina along a dark, rural stretch of Interstate 95, tractor-trailer driver John Doe was listening intently to Channel 19 while fellow trucker Jimmy “Red Eye” Doohan blabbered on about how he preferred driving in the early morning hours. “You’ve got the road all to yourself, and