Truck Safety Advocate Wanda Lindsay Speaks to Safety Investigators

In 2015, 4,067 people were killed in large truck crashes in the United States

In honor of Galo Ulloa

Race Description

Hollywood Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, April 6, 2013. This is the 2nd annual event for the Hollywood Half Marathon-The course starts and finishes on Hollywood Blvd in front of the famous Kodak Theatre, home of the academy awards, benefiting the Los Angeles Youth Network and Covenant House Homeless Shelters.

Galo Ulloa

My father, Galo Ulloa, was killed on November 30, 2010 by a negligent commercial truck driver. I run because my father can’t.  I run in support of the Truck Safety Coalition because I truly believe the work they do is vital in helping to change and establish new state and federal laws that will help protect citizens from these types of tragedies. Sometimes in life we are called to stand up and fight for something or someone because of an injustice.  My father’s death was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to face, but through adversity comes strength. I’ve struggled with figuring out since his passing, how I could make a difference and continue to fight for him.  I’ve always loved to run, and in the months and couple of years since his passing I’ve found solace and peace first through the Lord but also in running.

When I run, I feel him with me, cheering me on. I use this gift to continue to honor him and fight for him.

How to Donate

Please consider donating to the Truck Safety Coalition in memory of my father Galo Ulloa. Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this very important cause. Click here to help.

Truck Safety Coalition

The Truck Safety Coalition is a national network of volunteer truck crash survivors who have come together as a non-profit organization in order to assist new truck crash victims and surviving family members.

Working together as a grassroots force, The Truck Safety Coalition is dedicated to achieving the following goals:

  • Reducing the number of fatalities and injuries caused by truck‐related crashes.
  • Providing compassionate support to truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims.
  • Assisting interested truck crash survivors and surviving families with advocacy efforts with the intention of trying to help make some good come out of tragic situations.
  • Raising public awareness of important truck safety issues.
  • Educating legislators on issues related to truck safety regulation.
  • Reducing the problem of truck driver fatigue.
  • Freezing truck size and weight limits at current levels.
  • Increasing compliance with truck safety rules and regulations and improving truck maintenance standards.
  • Improving working conditions for truck drivers so they will not be forced to drive in unsafe conditions.

Daphne Izer Updates Committee Leaders on CSA Crash Data

To read Daphne Izer’s letter to Senator Frank Lautenberg, click here.

To read Daphne Izer’s letter to Senator Roy Blunt, click here.

Truck Safety Advocates Respond to the ATA’s Push to Remove Crash Data From the CSA Crash BASIC

Click here to read the press release.

NTSB recommends 10-year employment database for truck drivers

NTSB recommends 10-year employment database for truck drivers

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor

2/1/13

A fatal crash involving a truck and an Amtrak train in Nevada in 2011 could significantly affect the employment screening process for truck drivers if NTSB gets its way.

Citing the crash that killed six people including the truck driver on June 24, 2011, near Reno, the National Transportation Safety Board rolled out a list of recommendations to agencies including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Topping the list, NTSB Administrator Deborah Hersman is urging the FMCSA to create a national database for commercial drivers and require motor carriers to screen 10 years of driver employment history prior to hiring.

Hersman framed the three-part employment screening request, along with an additional recommendation on brake monitoring, in a letter to FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, dated Jan. 28, 2013.

NTSB investigators noted that the driver of the truck that collided with the Amtrak train, Lawrence Valli, 43 of Winnemucca, NV, had an “erratic” employment history including citations and crashes.

In addition, Valli was reportedly using a cellphone just before the crash, and was within 300 feet of the intersection before applying his brakes.

The NTSB noted that 11 of the 16 brake drums on the Peterbilt that Valli was driving were “worn beyond specified limits.” That led to a citation of Valli’s employer, John Davis Trucking, for failing to provide a safe vehicle.

Hersman requested that Ferro take action on the four specific recommendations within 90 days.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer said current and future truckers have reason to be concerned with the recommendations for what they do, and what they don’t do. He says technology and regulations – some that show negligible or no safety benefit – are no substitute for adequate training and experience behind the wheel.

“People want to latch onto this ‘gotcha’ mentality that technology and enforcement can improve safety, yet we’re not even requiring people entering this industry to have any training or any assurance that they can be safe and successful behind the wheel,” Spencer said.

“A database that would keep records on millions of drivers for 10 years would be a big undertaking,” he adds. “While I’m assuming it’s their belief that it might have an improvement on safety, I would assume that most of the drivers being entered into the database would not have anything like 10 years of experience. A driver without experience is not likely to have any blemishes on their records, but that is not an assurance that they would be safe drivers.”

Specifically, the four NTSB recommendations to FMCSA are as follows:

  • H-12-54: Create a mechanism to gather and record commercial driving-related employment history information about all drivers who have a commercial driver’s license, and make this information available to all prospective motor carrier employers.
  • H-12-55: Using the mechanism developed in Safety Recommendation H-12-54, require motor carriers to conduct and document investigations into the employment records of prospective drivers for the 10 years that precede the application date.
  • H-12-55: Require motor carriers to retrieve records from the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) and the National Driver Register (NDR) for all driver applicants so that they can obtain a complete driving and license history of prospective drivers.
  • H-12-56: Inform commercial vehicle inspectors of (1) the importance of taking pushrod stroke measurements within the specified pressure range, (2) the relationship between pushrod stroke and specific air pressure, and (3) the consequence of taking measurements outside of this range.

The FMCSA already collects data from roadside inspections as well as crash reports and stores that information in the Motor Carrier Management Information System. The MCMIS database populates the Pre-Employment Screening Program and data is also used in the CSA enforcement program. The agency currently maintains records for five years on crashes and three years on violations on drivers.

“From what we’re hearing from our members, the data in that system is not even close to accurate,” Spencer points out.

Should the FMCSA respond with proposed rule change for a 10-year database, the public will get a chance to comment. OOIDA would file comments, Spencer said.

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