On Tuesday, August 12th, the National Safety Council released data indicating that deaths from motor vehicle crashes decreased 4% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same time period last year. This follows a 5% decrease in motor vehicle crash deaths from 2012 to 2013. The estimated annual rate of deaths per vehicle miles traveled remains unchanged from 2013, at approximately 1.2 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Data also showed that medically-consulted injuries from motor vehicle crashes declined 3%, and estimated that the total cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage through June was $123 billion. The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization that partners with businesses and government agencies to raise awareness of and improve roadway safety.
Police throughout Illinois will saturate areas along I-90/94, beginning at midnight on Friday
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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 • Updated at 12:12 PM CDT
Beginning at midnight on Friday, the Illinois State Police joins 15 other states to step up enforcement on commercial vehicles as part of a “massive public safety initiative” to help reduce traffic fatalities and prevent criminal activity.
Police throughout Illinois will saturate areas along I-90/94 to target speeding violations, DUI, seatbelts, distracted driving, compliance laws, and illegal criminal and drug activity. “Our collective efforts to ensure that this stretch of I-90/94 is safe throughout this four day saturation period will require the resources and dedication of our troopers, investigators and inspectors,” ISP Operations Colonel Michael Zerbonia said. “We are committed to supporting this multi-jurisdictional highway enforcement effort on behalf of Illinois to enhance road safety and public awareness.”
As part of the I-90/94 Challenge, dedicated officers plan to conduct commercial motor vehicle safety inspections, while state police truck inspectors check for mechanical deficiencies, unlicensed drivers, logbook violations, overweight trucks and trailers and CMV out of service violations. Other states with access to the corridor will do the same. The crackdown lasts through Aug. 4. In the last year, police conducted more than 88,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections at the state level.
H.R.4727 – To enhance interstate commerce by creating a National Hiring Standard for Motor Carriers. http://lnkd.in/dxgSh9T (http://www NULL.linkedin NULL.com/company/849708/redirect?url=http%3A%2F%2Flnkd%2Ein%2FdxgSh9T&urlhash=QJxb&actionToken=isSponsored%3Dfalse%26distanceFromViewer%3D-1%26aggregationType%3Dnone%26isPublic%3Dtrue%26verbType%3Dlinkedin%3Ashare%26activityId%3Dactivity%3A5885828643556458497%26contextId%3DKX7lo55xehMQ5hlMKCsAAA%3D%3D%26isDigested%3Dfalse%26isFolloweeOfPoster%3Dfalse%26actorType%3Dlinkedin%3Acompany%26pageKey%3Dbiz_company_feed_mapper_public%26feedPosition%3D1%26actorId%3Dcompany%3A849708%26objectId%3Darticle%3A-1%26rowPosition%3D1%26objectType%3Dlinkedin%3Aarticle%26moduleKey%3Dcompany_feed) Last week Jimmy DeMatteis president of DesMoines Truck Brokers, Inc. spent time in Washington, DC meeting with Congress to get support for a HR 4727.
H.R. 4727 is a bill designed to improve truck safety and capacity by creating a national standard for hiring motor carriers. H.R. 4727 will eliminate the unreliable use of CSA data that has unfairly eliminated many motor carriers from participating in freight through out the country. Please take time to call your congressman and ask them to vote for H.R. 4727