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October 2016 Archives

Violations place trucks and drivers out of service

The numbers are in following the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual 72-hour International Roadcheck campaign that was conducted in June 2016. Motorists in Connecticut and around the country may be interested in knowing that 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers were placed out of service as a result. The information was released on Oct. 20 by the CVSA, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the improvement of commercial vehicle safety. According to the report, 42,236 of the 62,796 inspections that were performed during the event were North American Standard Level I inspections.

Reducing commercial truck underride accidents

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration hopes to decrease commercial truck underride crash-related fatalities on roadways in Connecticut and across the country by considering new safety proposals requiring truck companies to install underride guards on the sides of their trucks. By law, commercial trucks are only required to have rear underride guards.

Agency plans to eliminate traffic deaths within 30 years

If the U.S. Department of Transportation gets its wish, drivers in Connecticut and throughout the country won't have to worry about traffic fatalities in the future. On Oct. 5, DOT officials announced that they want to completely eliminate all traffic fatalities within the next three decades. According to experts, the rise of autonomous vehicles could make this goal possible. Officials say that human error is a factor in more than 90 percent of motor vehicle accidents, and fully autonomous vehicles could address this issue.

Man charged with DUI after fatal Connecticut crash

A 64-year-old Connecticut truck driver was killed on Sept. 28 after his tanker truck was hit by a 35-year-old man who was allegedly driving under the influence on I-95 near Westport. The accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. The 35-year-old, who was driving a Mercedes, sideswiped the truck on the driver's side.