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FMCSA report reveals alarming rise in fatal truck crashes

Fatal commercial truck and bus accidents are becoming worryingly common in Kentucky and other U.S. states according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency reports that the number of large buses and semi-tractor trailers involved in deadly collisions increased by 8 percent in 2015 to 4,311, and a similar surge was observed in the number of fatal accidents tractor-trailers are involved in per 100 million miles traveled.

Supreme Court declines to hear truck driver disclosure case

Road safety advocates in Kentucky and around the country may have welcomed news that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear arguments in a case filed against the Department of Transportation over the information it shares with employers about truck drivers. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association backed the six truck drivers who filed the lawsuit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ruled in favor of the DOT in December, and the nation's highest court announced on June 19 that it would not be revisiting the decision.

Sleep apnea testing of truck drivers likely to increase

Many Kentucky residents earn their livings as truck drivers. Truckers with a body mass index above 35, which indicates obesity and a higher risk for breathing problems, might have to undergo testing for sleep apnea. In April, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear a case from a trucker who declared that his employer violated his privacy by requiring him to take the costly test.

Cargo securement emphasized in 2017 Roadcheck campaign

When the 2017 International Roadcheck inspection event begins on June 6, safety inspectors in Kentucky and around the country will be placing special emphasis on cargo securement. Although all violation categories are checked for compliance during each annual inspection blitz, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance chooses a different area of focus every year as a reminder to those who are involved in the industry of that category's importance in commercial trucking safety.

Automated trucking technology may complicate claims

Kentucky truckers may be interested in learning about a new technology company that is pioneering revolutionary changes in the industry. By placing remote controls in trucks, the firm hopes to make a semi-autonomous fleet that drivers can control remotely from offices.

Poor health increases crash risk for truck drivers

Truck drivers with multiple health conditions are much more likely to be involved in traffic accidents, according to a study. Researchers found that many truck drivers in Kentucky and around the nation have trouble maintaining their health because their job requires that they sit behind the wheel for long stretches. Many also tend to have poor eating and sleeping habits.

Driver phone use dangerous enough to prompt lock proposal

Kentucky motorists may be interested in learning that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that people could use extra help with not using their phones while operating vehicles. In December, the agency published a recommendation that called for the creation of a driver mode in cellphones in order to curb hazardous device usage.

Court upholds electronic logging mandate

By December 2017, operators of most trucks in Kentucky and around the country will be required to have electronic logging devices installed in their vehicles. The devices will keep track of hours of service and rest periods, and they will replace the existing paper log system.

Mandating speeds for large vehicles on highways

Kentucky motorists who get stuck behind semis and other large trucks might think these vehicles already go slowly on the roads, but a speed cap could be placed on trucks and buses when driving on highways. Federal regulators may mandate an electronic device that does not allow vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds to travel above a certain limit that might be set at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour.

Study advises new approach to tired truckers

Kentucky motorists who share the road with trucks and other commercial vehicles may benefit from research into ways to fight driver fatigue. Occurrences of truckers violating laws prohibiting them from driving while fatigued have dropped since 2011. Nonetheless, experts say that the trucking industry would be better served by regulations that clarify what it means to be fatigued and specify how law enforcement should deal with tired commercial operators.

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