When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially launched its Compliance Safety Accountability program in December 2010, the trucking industry entered a new era of scrutiny and safety compliance. What fleets didn’t know then was exactly how or to what extent CSA would be enforced, causing a lot of uncertainty and raising a lot of questions.
Now, some 30 months later, Commercial Carrier Journal and its sister publication Overdrive, are excited to officially launch today the CSA’s Data Trail website, which takes a deep dive into CSA data provided by RigDig Business Intelligence, a research division of CCJ publisher Randall-Reilly, to give owner-operators, independent drivers and fleets of all sizes new information on CSA and the program’s impact on their operations.
CSA’s Data Trail offers interactive maps, infographics, in-depth articles from print and online sources as well as downloadable data. And throughout the month of May, we’ll be publishing pieces from the “Crashes and intervention” installment of the CSA’s Data Trail series, which documents areas where CSA misses the mark, failing to accurately identify carriers that cause the most accidents.
Using the interactive map, users can see the truck-involved accident frequency by state, and rates for all 48 contiguous states are available for download, , including total fatalities, injuries and towaway crashes by state.
In addition, the map peels back another layer of data, allowing users to see the states with the highest rates of inspections, including a breakdown of violation priorities by state. Files available for free download offer a comprehensive look at inspection intensity nationwide as well as state rankings by violation types.
CSA’s Data Trail doesn’t end in May — we will continue to post CSA-specific content and other relevant information to the program on the site throughout the year.
With the CSA’s Data Trail website, which is sponsored by PeopleNet, fleets and independents can get an in-depth and interactive look at CSA’s impact on their businesses and what they can do to lower the frequency of inspections and ultimately lower the risk of being put out-of-service.
— Jeff Crissey, editor, CCJ