About the Truck Safety Coalition

About CRASH and P.A.T.T.

Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways

Commercial trucks share our country’s roads with all of us, yet due to their size and weight, can be more deadly in a crash than any other vehicle. They are essential to moving our goods and keeping our economy growing, but oversize, overweight, and speeding trucks, trucks driven by fatigued or inattentive drivers, or those vehicles with deferred or substandard maintenance pose a threat to everyone, including the truck drivers. Thousands of trucking companies consistently place productivity concerns over issues of safety. But the U.S. Congress, regulatory bodies, and trucking interests have a joint responsibility to truck drivers and to the motoring public to make truck safety a top priority. Safety can be an integral part of trucking operations, and it is the goal of CRASH to see that government works with trucking interests to set safety as their highest priority.

As a grassroots force, CRASH is dedicated to achieving the following goals:

  • Reducing the number of injuries and fatalities caused by truck related crashes
  • Providing compassionate support to truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims
  • Raising public awareness of important safety issues
  • Educating legislators on issues related to truck safety regulation
  • Maintaining truck size and weight limits at current levels
  • Reducing the problem of truck driver fatigue
  • Increasing the use of safety technology in all commercial trucks
    • Automatic Emergency Braking
    • Underride guards
    • Speed limiters
  • Increasing required minimum liability insurance
  • Increasing responsibility for shippers/brokers to use safe truck companies

Parents Against Tired Truckers

P.A.T.T. was formed when a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel of his 80,000 pound rig, killing four innocent teenagers and seriously injuring a fifth. There were no criminal charges brought against this truck driver or the trucking company for these deaths (the driver was only charged with a logbook violation). Thus, P.A.T.T. was formed in May of 1994 by the parents and friends of the teens killed in the crash. P.A.T.T. has since grown from a Maine grassroots group to a nationally and internationally recognized trucking-safety organization. P.A.T.T. has been successful in bringing the deadly issues of truck driver fatigue and motor carrier safety to the forefront of legislative and government public policy debates and decisions about motor carrier operations and practices. P.A.T.T. frequently collaborates with truck driver organizations and independent drivers and is recognized for its numerous contributions to driver and public safety. While providing ongoing compassionate support and vital information to truck crash survivors and families of victims, P.A.T.T. continues to bring truck driver fatigue and trucking safety issues and solutions to the forefront at the national and international levels.

PATT is working in the following areas to foster changes that place the public’s safety first:

  • Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) & speed limiters on commercial vehicles
  • Increased minimum insurance liability requirements for motor carriers, brokers, and shippers
  • Effective underride guards on commercial trucks and trailers
  • Onboard computerized logbooks on commercial vehicles
  • Science-based hours-of-service (HOS) rules for commercial drivers
  • Sleep apnea screening and sleep fatigue education for commercial drivers

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