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Cellphone makers asked to help curb distracted driving

Modern cellphones are marvels of technology, but they have also been linked with a surge in the number of distracted driving accidents in Illinois and around the country. Studies have found that young people find it especially difficult to tear themselves away from their cellphones while behind the wheel, and just a brief glance away to read a text message or look at a photograph can lead to tragedy. In late 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a set of guidelines designed to tackle the problem, and they include a request to cellphone makers to include features that are designed to keep drivers focused on the task at hand.

Safety advocates fear Trump could scrap speed limiter rule

Highway safety advocates fear that the incoming Trump administration may shelve a government rule that would electronically limit the speeds of tractor-trailers traveling in Illinois and nationwide. The rule was published last August, and a public comment period ended in December.

Trucking industry lobbying to get safety rules repealed

Illinois motorists might be interested in learning that Republican lawmakers in Congress have for now blocked trucking safety regulations that were meant to keep fatigued truck drivers off of the road. The American Trucking Association indicated that it will return to lobby when the Republicans are in control of the legislative and executive branches of the federal government in order to try to get additional safety regulations repealed, blocked or rolled back.

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.

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.

CVSA releases data about road check campaign

Federal trucking regulations are in place to make certain that people in Illinois and across the nation face reduced risks of involvement in truck accidents. When truck drivers and trucking companies violate the rules, they risk the lives of others. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts an annual international road check campaign in order to catch violators.

NHTSA looking at underride truck accidents

Accidents involving big rigs on Illinois highways have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries to occupants of other vehicles. One reason is due to the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, but another is the way these trucks are constructed. They are much higher off the ground than are passenger cars, and there are times when a car crashes into the side or rear of a truck and passes underneath it. These are called underride truck accidents.

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