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November 2016 Archives

NHTSA data reveals the most dangerous states for drivers

Unpredictable weather conditions and heavy traffic congestion can sometimes make driving in Illinois hazardous, but Texas and Louisiana have the nation's most dangerous roads according to a report from an auto insurance comparison website that was compiled using 2015 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Other states where motorists may be wise to remain especially vigilant include Arizona, Montana, Alabama, South Carolina and Nevada.

Autonomous trucks and trucking industry changes

Illinois drivers may be interested to know about the information released by the American Transportation Research Institute regarding autonomous trucks. According to the report, autonomous trucks will transform the trucking industry by initiating significant regulation reform, producing a new workforce, and improving safety and efficiency. Because automated trucks require human operators, truck drivers will also still have job security.

5 Tips to avoid distracted driving

The consequences of distracted driving can be disastrous. As a licensed driver, you have the responsibility of keeping yourself safe as well as other drivers sharing the road. Since we cannot anticipate the actions of other drivers, we must be even more cautious of our behavior while behind the wheel.

Is That A Salesman Who's Operating On You?

The patients lying on operating tables may not know it. But it's a well-known fact among surgeons and surgical nurses that medical equipment sales representatives routinely advise surgeons regarding surgical procedures - and they sometimes actually perform them. This phenomenon is particularly common in joint replacement and spine surgeries.

OSHA postpones enforcement of new rule

Illinois workers as well as their employers may want to know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has postponed the enforcement of the illness and injury record-keeping rule that it had issued earlier in 2016 to Dec.1. This is so that any misunderstanding regarding the post-accident testing of employees can be corrected. There is also a chance that the legal opposition initiated by certain employer groups could prevent the rules from being enforced on that date.

Pre-screening program for drivers defeats legal battle

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently cleared a legal obstacle to their Pre-Screening Employment Program. This program allows trucking company owners and others in Illinois and around the country to check into the driving records of truckers that they had been considering for employment. This will alert them to safety violations and other issues of which an employer should be aware.

Electronic Logging Devices Look To Become Mandatory

In an important decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago (covering Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) upheld a federal mandate that requires truckers to install electronic logging devices (ELD). Unless the plaintiff in the case (Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association) appeals the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, the mandate will become effective as of December 18, 2017. The new regulation specifically exempts trucks manufactured before the year 2000. Drivers of trucks with ELDs will no longer be required to maintain paper logs.

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