Truck Safety Organization Pushing for New Safety Features on U.S. Semi-Trucks
UNITED STATES – According to an online news story posted to talkbusiness.net, a safety organization is pushing for new safety features to be required on all U.S. semi-trucks. Road Safe America has completed an analysis of fatal traffic accidents involving semi-trucks and concluded that the number of deaths is increasing.
From 2009 and 2017, the number of traffic fatalities involving semi-trucks climbed from 2,983 to 4,237, which represented a 42 percent increase. This is according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Road Safe America wants Congress to pass legislation that would limit semi-truck speeds to 65 mph. To ensure truckers followed the limit, the organization wants speed limiters or speed governors installed on all large trucks in the United States, along with emergency braking. Numerous countries already require speed limiters — and have since the 1990s — which means many carriers are installing them on trucks anyway.
In the European Union, speed limiters have been mandatory on large trucks since 1992, and emergency braking has been mandatory since 2012. In the time period from 2009 to 2012, fatal large truck accidents fell in the E.U. by 20 percent. However, in the same amount of time, fatal large truck accidents rose by 29 percent in the U.S.
“It’s really kind of insane that our country for whatever reason has not implemented the speed limiter rule,” said Steve Owings, co-founder of Road Safe America. “There’s some low-hanging fruit if you’ve ever seen some.”
Based on available data, Owings says speed limiters that restricted large truck speeds to 65 mph would save 100 lives every month. If such a measure passed in the U.S., the country could expect to see a reduction of semi-truck accident deaths of about 24 percent.
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