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Joint Statement on U.S. Senate’s Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
August 10, 2021

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Press Release – Statement of Joan Claybrook on Senate Infrastructure Bill
August 4, 2021

Leading Auto Safety Advocate, Chair of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, Slams Senate Infrastructure Bill for Weak Safety Provisions Senate…

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Reject Anti-Safety Amendments to H.R. 4502, THUD Appropriations Bill
July 23, 2021

7/23/2021 Dear Chairman McGovern and Ranking Member Cole, We are writing to you on behalf of the Truck Safety Coalition, a…

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Letter to Speaker Pelosi Regarding Safety Advances in H.R. 3684
July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Speaker…

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Letter to Senator Schumer Regarding Safety Failures of S.2016
July 22, 2021

July 22, 2021 The Honorable Charles E. Schumer Senate Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Majority Leader Schumer:…

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Statement of Tammy Huffman – Press Conference on Safety Deficiencies of S.2016
July 20, 2021

STATEMENT of TAMMY HUFFMAN (Michigan) On behalf of the TRUCK SAFETY COALITION (TSC) Press Conference on Safety Deficiencies of the Surface…

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Statement of Eileen Kosc – Press Conference on Safety Deficiencies of S.2016
July 20, 2021

STATEMENT of EILEEN KOSC (Delaware) On behalf of the TRUCK SAFETY COALITION (TSC) Press Conference on Safety Deficiencies of the Surface…

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Media Alert: Virtual Press Conference
July 19, 2021

MEDIA ALERT CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 Members of Congress, Families of Truck Crash, Distracted Driving Crash, Child “Hot…

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Letter to Secretary Buttigieg on Surface Transportation Reauthorization Legislation
July 16, 2021

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TSC Opposes Senate Teen Trucker Pilot
July 8, 2021

We strongly oppose the pilot program in S.2016 for several reasons: Truck crashes, injuries, and deaths continue to increase; The available…

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Board Member Jennifer Tierney Interviewed on Ralph Nader Radio Hour
June 29, 2021

Check out this interview on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour with Jennifer Tierney, Board Member of Citizens for Reliable and Safe…

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Virtual Press Conference Video
June 24, 2021

If you missed the joint press conference, you can watch the video here.  

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Press Release – New Executive Director – Zach Cahalan
June 24, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 24, 2021   Contact:  Jordan Burns jordan@trucksafety.org  816-213-7277  Washington DC — After an exhaustive nationwide search, the…

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Joan Claybrook Statement – Joint Press Conference
June 16, 2021

Joint Press Conference Statement of Joan Claybrook, Chair, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) and former Administrator, National Highway Traffic…

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Jena Frost Statement – Joint Press Conference
June 15, 2021

Truck Safety Coalition & Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety Tuesday, June 15, 2021 My son Wyatt was 5 years old…

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Virtual News Conference June 15, 2021
June 15, 2021

MEDIA ALERT CONTACT: Pete Daniels / pdaniels@saferoads.org / 301-442-2249 U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Families of Truck Crash, “Hot Car” and…

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Group Letter to Senate Commerce Committee
June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021    The Honorable Maria Cantwell, Chair  The Honorable Roger Wicker, Ranking Member   Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation  United…

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Truck Crash Survivors and Families of Victims Speak Out in Support of The Protecting Roadside First Responders Act
April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 The Honorable Richard Durbin                                               The Honorable Cheri Bustos The Honorable Tammy Duckworth            …

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Truck crash victims’ families applaud legislation to require affordable, lifesaving technology “vaccines” in all new vehicles to prevent deadly crashes.
April 30, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com Truck crash victims’ families applaud legislation to require affordable, lifesaving…

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Victims and Survivors Send Letter Urging Members of Congress to Protect Families from the Financial Hardship of Shouldering the High Costs of Lifelong Medical Care Resulting from a Truck Crash
April 16, 2021

April 15, 2021 Dear Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: As individuals who have survived truck crashes or have…

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TSC strongly supports the Stop Underrides Act
March 4, 2021

Today, Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Rubio (R-FL) and 11 other Senators introduced bipartisan legislation directing the U.S. DOT to upgrade…

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TSC Opposes Increase to Truck Weight in Indiana
February 22, 2021

Letter signed by TSC leaders and volunteers to Indiana House Members opposing HB 1190, up for vote today, which would allow…

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TSC Volunteer Travels to Indiana to Oppose HB1190
February 3, 2021

TSC volunteer Pamela Biddle traveled to Indiana Legislature to oppose bill allowing massive trucks weighing up to 120,000 lbs on local…

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Boston Globe interview with P.A.T.T. founders
January 28, 2021

“Families of truck crash victims make plea to Biden, cite his past family tragedy in calling for reforms” Read the article

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The Star Ledger highlights important truck safety issues
January 25, 2021

This is an excellent article that talks about the issues we’ve been working on, with opinions from many stakeholders. Read the…

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TSC President Dawn King appointed to MCSAC
January 21, 2021

The U.S.DOT Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee recently appointed TSC’s president and safety advocate, Dawn King, to its membership. She joins…

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Truck Driver Hours of Service Rule Challenged in Federal Court by Coalition of Driver and Safety Groups
September 20, 2020

Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) and Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) are pleased to join Advocates for Highway &…

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Truck Safety Coalition Board Members Speak in Honor of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
July 18, 2020

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The Truck Safety Coalition, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) and Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.) Join with Safety Partners to Petition FMCSA to Reconsider Unsafe and Unnecessary Changes to Current Hours of Service Rule.
July 8, 2020

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STATEMENT OF TRUCK SAFETY COALITION LEADERS ON HOUSE PASSAGE OF H.R. 2, THE MOVING FORWARD ACT.
July 3, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) including member organizations, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) and…

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Dawn King’s Testimony Before Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
February 10, 2020

Click Here to View Dawn King’s Oral Testimony on Youtube. STATEMENT OF DAWN KING, PRESIDENT, TRUCK SAFETY COALITION (TSC) AND BOARD…

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Congressional Staff Briefing on Truck Safety Technologies – Automatic Emergency Braking and Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiters
November 21, 2019

In case you were unable to join us for Congressional staff briefings on truck safety technologies that we hosted on September…

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Statement of the Truck Safety Coalition on Release of 2018 Truck Crash Fatalities
October 22, 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) release of the 2018 Fatality Analysis Reporting System data shows that crashes involving at…

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Senate Staff Briefing on Truck Safety Technology
October 1, 2019

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Truck Safety Coalition Comments Opposing Teen Trucker Pilot
September 15, 2019

Commercial Driver’s License; Pilot to Allow Drivers Under 21 to Operate Commercial Motor Vehicles in Interstate Commerce Notice and Request for…

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Statement of the Truck Safety Coalition On Proposed Rollbacks to the Hours of Service Rules  
August 14, 2019

The Truck Safety Coalition, and our volunteers, who are truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, oppose the Federal…

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Key Truck Safety Legislation Introduced
July 16, 2019

Truck Crash Survivors and Advocates Push Safety Agenda WASHINGTON, DC (July 16, 2019)—Truck crash survivors and their families, and safety advocates…

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TRUCK SAFETY LEGISLATION REQUIRING AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING AND MINIMUM INSURANCE INDEXING TO BE INTRODUCED
July 16, 2019

Contact: Beth Weaver, beth_weaver@verizon.net, 301.814.4088 TRUCK SAFETY LEGISLATION REQUIRING AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING AND MINIMUM INSURANCE INDEXING TO BE INTRODUCED  Truck Crash Survivors…

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Release: Senators Isakson, Coons Introduce Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiter Bill
June 27, 2019

Isakson, Coons Introduce Bipartisan Truck Safety Legislation Legislation would codify lifesaving rule that has languished 10 years WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators…

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STATEMENT OF FAMILIES OF TRUCK CRASH VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS ON MARKUP OF HOUSE 2020 TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING, AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS BILL
May 24, 2019

Yesterday, the House Committee on Appropriations marked up the FY 2020 annual spending bill for federal transportation and housing programs.  Fortunately,…

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Statement of the Truck Safety Coalition on Pilot Program Proposal to Allow Drivers Ages 18-20 to Operate Commercial Motor Vehicles in Interstate Commerce
May 22, 2019

The Truck Safety Coalition, and our volunteers, who are truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, oppose the Federal…

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STATEMENT OF FAMILIES, SURVIVORS, AND SAFETY GROUPS ON RELEASE OF GAO STUDY ON TRUCK UNDERRIDE GUARDS
April 15, 2019

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2019 CONTACT: Beth Weaver, 301-814-4088 beth_weaver@verizon.net Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report, Truck…

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National Work Zone Awareness Week: Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) Remembers Those Killed in Work Zone Crashes Involving a Large Truck; Families Call for Action to Support Automatic Emergency Braking in All Large Trucks and Oppose Teenage Truckers Operating Across State Lines
April 12, 2019

Arlington, VA – This National Work Zone Awareness Week, our volunteers remember their loved ones who were killed in fatal work…

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PRESS RELEASE: SENATORS GILLIBRAND AND RUBIO AND REPRESENTATIVES COHEN AND DESAULNIER REINTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PUT IN PLACE SIMPLE SAFETY MEASURES TO HELP PROTECT DRIVERS FROM FATAL TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK CRASHES
March 5, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Contact: Whitney Mitchell Brennan, 202-224-3873 SENATORS GILLIBRAND AND RUBIO AND REPRESENTATIVES COHEN AND DESAULNIER…

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Statement of the Truck Safety Coalition on S. 569 and H.R. 1374
February 28, 2019

The Truck Safety Coalition strongly opposes S.569/H.R.1374, companion bills that would direct Secretary Chao to promulgate a regulation that would permit…

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Statement of the Truck Safety Coalition, Road Safe America, and the John Lindsay Foundation on the National Transportation Safety Board’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements
February 6, 2019

The Truck Safety Coalition, Road Safe America, and the John Lindsay Foundation are pleased that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)…

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Truck Safety Coalition Statement on Preemption of California Meal and Rest Break Rules
January 7, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) and Department of Transportation’s (DOT) should immediately rescind their determination that the State of…

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Truck Safety Coalition Statement on FMCSA Denying Exemptions to ELD Rule
December 10, 2018

The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC), and our volunteers, who are the family and friends of truck crash victims and survivors seeking…

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TSC & RSA STATEMENT ON REVISIONS TO CIVIL PENALTY AMOUNTS AND CALL ON SECRETARY CHAO TO ADJUST MINIMUM INSURANCE AMOUNTS FOR LARGE TRUCKS TO ACCOUNT FOR INFLATION
December 3, 2018

TRUCK SAFETY COALITION AND ROAD SAFE AMERICA WELCOME REVISIONS TO CIVIL PENALTY AMOUNTS AND CALL ON SECRETARY CHAO TO ADJUST MINIMUM INSURANCE…

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National Survey Shows Strong Support for Mandating Speed Limiters and Automatic Emergency Braking on All Large Trucks
October 25, 2018

CONTACT: Beth Weaver, 301-814-4088 beth_weaver@verizon.net Arlington, VA (October 25, 2018): The Truck Safety Coalition, which is a partnership between Citizens for…

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Statement on Alarming Increase in 2017 Truck Crash Fatalities
October 4, 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) release of the 2017 Fatality Analysis Reporting System data shows that crashes involving at…

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Portland Press Herald: Teenagers too young to be trusted behind the wheel of a big truck
July 28, 2018

Once again, members of Congress are attempting to let teenagers operate large trucks across state lines. There are clear and compelling…

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TSC Statement Opposing H.R. 6159
July 19, 2018

The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) opposes H.R. 6159 – the latest effort to undermine the effectiveness of the Electronic Logging Device…

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Letter From TSC Volunteers Opposing S.2938, The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act
June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 Dear Representative: The Truck Safety Coalition, and the undersigned survivors and families of truck crash victims, write to…

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Knox News: Duncan amendment is Trojan horse that will reduce trucker safety
June 11, 2018

Published 6:00 a.m. ET June 11, 2018  An amendment has been offered by U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, R-Tenn., to the Federal…

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TSC Statement Opposing FMCSA’s Revised Guidances on Personal Conveyance and Transportation of Agricultural Commodities
June 8, 2018

The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC), and our volunteers, who are the family and friends of truck crash victims and survivors seeking…

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STATEMENT OF JENNIFER TIERNEY ON “FAST ACT IMPLEMENTATION: MOTOR CARRIER PROVISIONS” BEFORE THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT
May 22, 2018

Introduction Good morning Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Norton and Members of the Subcommittee. My name is Jennifer Tierney and I am…

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TSC Statement Opposing REST Act
April 18, 2018

The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) strongly opposes any attempt to weaken current Hours of Service rules, which includes the recently introduced…

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STATEMENT OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON RELEASE OF OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL
March 23, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA (March 23, 2018) – The United States Congress recently released an omnibus spending bill that includes several unsafe riders…

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AP Exclusive: Transport safety rules sidelined under Trump
February 26, 2018

By Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher | AP February 26 at 8:39 AM WASHINGTON — On a clear, dry June evening in 2015,…

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Wall Street Journal: Longer, Heavier Trucks Are a Serious Hazard
February 13, 2018

My own experience informs my serious concerns with making trucks even longer. The public should urge their lawmakers to oppose efforts…

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TSC Comments on Regulatory Review
December 29, 2017

These comments are filed jointly by the Truck Safety Coalition (TSC), Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH), Parents Against Tired…

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Truck Safety Coalition Statement on Introduction of the Stop Underrides Act of 2017
December 15, 2017

We commend Senator Gillibrand, Senator Rubio, and Representative Cohen and Representative DeSaulnier for sponsoring the Stop Underrides Act. This lifesaving legislation…

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Letter to House T&I Committee Regarding Hearing on “Emerging Technologies in the Trucking Industry”
December 12, 2017

December 11, 2017 The Honorable Sam Graves, Chairman The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Committee…

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ELD Letter to House Small Business Committee
November 29, 2017

November 28, 2017 The Honorable Steve Chabot, Chair The Honorable Nydia Velazquez, Ranking Member U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small…

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Statement of the Truck Safety Coalition for the Record – Hearing on: FAST Act Implementation: Improving the Safety of the Nation’s Roads
July 18, 2017

Hearing on: FAST Act Implementation: Improving the Safety of the Nation’s Roads Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Committee on Transportation and…

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Group Letter to House THUD Appropriations Committee to Oppose Truck Size and Weight Increases
July 10, 2017

June 12, 2017 The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart, Chairman   The Honorable David Price, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development,…

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STATEMENT OF TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON WITHDRAWAL OF ADVANCE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING TO INCREASE MINIMUM FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MOTOR CARRIERS
June 2, 2017

STATEMENT OF TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON WITHDRAWAL OF ADVANCE NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING TO INCREASE MINIMUM FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MOTOR CARRIERS ARLINGTON, VA (June…

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Entry Level Driver Training
May 30, 2017

Requiring Comprehensive Training for All Entry-Level Commercial Driver License Applicants Is Long Overdue One of the first curricula on entry level…

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Minimum Insurance Levels for Motor Carriers
May 30, 2017

The Minimum Level of Insurance Required for Large Trucks was Set in 1980  The Required Amount of $750,000 Has Never Been…

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STATEMENT OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON RELEASE OF IIHS SIDE UNDERRIDE CRASH TEST RESULTS
May 10, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA (May 10, 2017) – The Truck Safety Coalition’s Underride Initiative, consisting of families of truck underride crash victims and…

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State Fact Sheets
May 9, 2017

Alabama Fact Sheet Alaska Fact Sheet Arizona Fact Sheet Arkansas Fact Sheet California Fact Sheet Colorado Fact Sheet Connecticut Fact Sheet…

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Malarczyk Family Video
May 9, 2017

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Harlingen woman [Debra Cruz] tries to make difference for truck safety
May 9, 2017

By LISA SEISER Editor | Posted: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 8:56 pm HARLINGEN — Nine years ago, her life changed. An…

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Sorrow to Strength 2017 Press Page
May 2, 2017

Press Release: Sorrow to Strength Press Release Videos: Sorrow to Strength Press Conference (May 2, 2017) Jackie Gillan, President, Advocates for…

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Eno Transportation Weekly Guest Op-Ed: Don’t Let Safety Take a Back Seat to Special Interests
April 7, 2017

Deadly truck crashes happen every day on our roads and highways across the nation. Unfortunately, this major public health and safety…

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Statement of Joan Claybrook, Lisa Shrum and Larry Liberatore in Response to Today’s Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Hearing on “Keeping Goods Moving: Continuing to Enhance Multimodal Freight Policy and Infrastructure” 
April 4, 2017

Statement of Joan Claybrook, Lisa Shrum and Larry Liberatore in Response to Today’s Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Surface…

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Safety Groups Respond to U.S. DOT IG Rubber Stamping Study on Truck Driver Hours of Service Safety Protections
March 6, 2017

Study Created with Pre-Determined Outcome of Failure WASHINGTON, D.C. –Late last week, the Office of the Inspector General (IG) of the…

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Jennifer Tierney: Congress must stop ignoring truck safety
February 20, 2017

For more than 30 years, I have been advocating to make trucking safer, since my father, James Mooney, was killed in…

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AngelWing – Side Underride Guard
February 9, 2017

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Letter to the editor: Trucks need two safety fixes to prevent highway fatalities
February 6, 2017

I was devastated to hear about the recent truck crash in which a 5-year-old boy and his volunteer driver were killed…

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Christina Mahaney Interview
February 1, 2017

Link to Video: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/maine-mother-tries-to-support-other-crash-victim-families/395113286

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TRUCK SAFETY COALITION STATEMENT ON CONFIRMATION OF U.S. DOT SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO
January 31, 2017

The Truck Safety Coalition, a partnership of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) and Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT), congratulates…

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Truck Crash Fatalities in the United States and European Union (2009-2015)
January 6, 2017

PDF Version: EU v US Truck Crash Fatalities Sources: United States Data: FARS 2011 – 2013 Final and Fars 2014 –…

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Senator Booker Speaks Out on Truck Safety
December 8, 2016

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STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN ON RELEASE OF FINAL RULE FOR ENTRY-LEVEL DRIVER TRAINING
December 7, 2016

STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON RELEASE OF FINAL RULE FOR ENTRY-LEVEL DRIVER TRAINING ARLINGTON,…

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Statement on Selection of Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation
November 30, 2016

The Truck Safety Coalition, a partnership of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) and Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT), looks…

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Kentucky Op-Ed: More dangerous highways? Give it (and drivers) a rest
November 28, 2016

As Thanksgiving travelers hit the highways for home, consider that the trucking industry is so desperate for drivers that it’s pushing…

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Road safety advocates look to keep hours-of-service restart rule intact
November 21, 2016

Washington – At least one advocacy group and two truck safety advocates are calling for the federal government to maintain strict…

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Senator Schumer Speaks Out in Support of Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiters
October 6, 2016

Long Island Expressway (LIE) Speed Limit Is 55MPH But Any Long Islander Can Tell You That Big Rigs, Even Large Buses,…

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Letter to Secretary Foxx from Rick Watts
October 4, 2016

The Honorable Anthony Foxx Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Washington, D.C. 20590   Dear Secretary Foxx:…

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Maine Voices: Sen. Collins needs to change her position on trucking safety rules
September 7, 2016

As summer winds down, it is time to reflect on the safety of our roads and the hundreds of loved ones…

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Automatic Emergency Braking – Prime Time for Regulation
June 24, 2016

Written by Jacqueline Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. This is one in a series of periodic guest columns…

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A Davis Man Died on I-80 Truck Wreck in Contra Costa County, CA
May 25, 2016

On April 21, 2016, at approximately 3:22 a.m., when Angela Valenzuela, 25 had to stop on I-80 freeway due to an…

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Truck Safety Coalition Honors Industry Leaders for Safety Commitment
May 11, 2016

The Truck Safety Coalition has honored three trucking industry leaders for commitment and dedication to fleet safety. TSC, often seen as…

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Change is Hard: Dawn King’s Comments on the Underride Roundtable
May 7, 2016

by Dawn King, President of the Truck Safety Coalition Crash dummy survives! I’d never been a witness to a test crash…

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Underride Roundtable Pictures
May 6, 2016

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Traffic Experts Debate How to Prevent Deadly Truck Underride Crashes
May 6, 2016

By James R. Healy | May 6, 2016 Big trucks need improved underride guards, trucking industry executives, government officials and safety…

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Laurie and Randy Higginbotham Interview – Underride Round Table
May 5, 2016

Parents Turn Tragedy Of Losing Son Into Life Saving Mission MEMPHIS, TN – A Memphis couple traveled to Virginia as part…

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TRUCK SAFETY COALITION RECOGNIZES INDUSTRY LEADERS FOR COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
May 5, 2016

Arlington, VA (May 5, 2016) – At a time when truck crashes are increasing nationwide and truck safety rules are under…

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Appropriations Trickery in Congress
May 2, 2016

It is an old congressional ritual: loading up vital spending bills that are meant to keep the government running with dangerous…

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Statement of Daphne Izer in Response to Senate Appropriations Committee Passing Industry-Written Provision to Rewrite Laws Affecting Truck Drivers’ Hours of Service
April 21, 2016

Statement of Daphne Izer, Founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) In Response to Senate Appropriations Committee Passing Industry-Written Provision to…

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Maine Voices: In the long haul, tired truck drivers result in hazardous highways
April 18, 2016

By Daphne Izer Special to the Press Herald LISBON — As many of my fellow Mainers know, after my son Jeff…

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Trucks Are Getting More Dangerous And Drivers Are Falling Asleep At The Wheel. Thank Congress.
April 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — Illinois State Trooper Douglas Balder sat in his squad car, its red and blue lights strobing into the frozen…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Semi Crashes in Kansas Work Zone
April 12, 2016

A highway worker was providing traffic control with an arrow board in the back of a pick-up truck when he was…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition … 1 Killed, 1 Injured in Michigan Work Zone Truck Crash
April 12, 2016

In Michigan, two road workers were installing a highway sign at 5 p.m when a they were struck by a truck….

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… 10 Year Old Girl Survives After She Was Hit by a Box Truck
April 12, 2016

After stepping off of the school bus and crossing the street, 10 year old, Olivia Walter, was struck by a box…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… AP Releasing New Style Guide Urging Journalist to Use the Words “Crash, Collision,” instead of “Accident”
April 7, 2016

A new version of the AP Stylebook will be available on June 1, 2016. One of the notable changes this year…

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Truck Underride Roundtable
April 6, 2016

When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) Where: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville,…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Tennessee Snow Plow and Salt Truck Drivers on the Clock Between 60-80 Hours Straight
April 6, 2016

Several “concerned employees” working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation sent an anonymous letter to the state’s DOT commissioner, which prompted…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Pilot Fatigue is Not Acceptable, So Why is Tired Trucking?
April 6, 2016

Since the 2011 Hours of Service rules were first announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2011,…

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Orders 4,000 Trailers with New Rear Impact Guard Design
April 6, 2016

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., (NASDAQ:JBHT) one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, announced today that it recently…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Coal Truck Driver Fled Fatal Crash in Bell County, KY
March 30, 2016

A coal truck driver crossed the center line and sideswiped a pickup truck, causing it to flip over. Then, the coal…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… FMCSA Shuts Down Wyoming Truck Company for Numerous Safety Violations
March 30, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an out-of-service order to Bar D Bar Trucking. The agency ordered the motor carrier…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… FMCSA Issues Out-of-Service Order for Defective Volvo Trucks
March 24, 2016

Volvo issued a recall for nearly 16,000 trucks due to a defect caused by the steering shaft missing a pin. Because…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Overweight Dump Truck Crashes into Tractor-Trailer in NY, Multiple Citations Issued
March 24, 2016

An overweight dump truck failed to yield at a roundabout, crossed over the center median, and struck a tractor-trailer. While it…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… New Study Highlights the Importance of Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
March 22, 2016

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disease afflicting at least 25 million adults in the U.S., and, if left…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Crash Avoidance Technologies May Have Saved Lives in ME Truck Crash
March 22, 2016

Two people were killed in Knox County, Maine last week after a tractor-trailer crossed the center line, corrected, fishtailed, rolled, and…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Speed Limiter, CDL Clearinghouse Rules Delayed Again
March 18, 2016

The Department of Transportation recently announced that two long overdue truck safety rules have been further delayed. The rule to require…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… FMCSA Restores Raw CSA Data to Its Website
March 18, 2016

Following the passage of the FAST Act, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was prohibited from posting a carrier’s performance…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… National Academy of Sciences Releases Report with Recommendations for Studying Truck Driver Fatigue
March 15, 2016

The National Academy of Sciences released a report recommending how the FMCSA could improve its research and data collection efforts pertaining…

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Dawn King Op-Ed: Trucking weight bill could impact safety, infrastructure
March 11, 2016

I became involved in the Truck Safety Coalition after my father, Bill Badger, was killed in 2004 near the Georgia state…

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From The Truck Safety Coalition… Agencies Release ANPRM for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
March 11, 2016

On Wednesday, March 9th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations (FMCSA) and Federal Rail Administration’s (FRA) issued an advanced notice of…

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From The Truck Safety Coalition… Truck Driver Pay Has Failed to Keep Up with Inflation
March 11, 2016

Truck driver’s wages have effectively been cut by almost a third since deregulation in the 1980s. The low pay coupled with…

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From The Truck Safety Coalition… Truck Strikes Bridge in New Jersey, Driver Arrested
March 11, 2016

A tractor trailer became wedged underneath a bridge after the driver attempted to pass through it. The crash caused debris to…

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Truck Safety Coalition Responds to Release of Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Requiring Entry Level Driver Training
March 7, 2016

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published today in the Federal Register requiring training for entry-level commercial motor vehicle drivers is…

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From The Truck Safety Coalition… Investigation Reveals One Trucking Company Violated State Weight Limit More Than 2,000 Times
March 2, 2016

A nine-month long investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division uncovered one motor carrier’s blatant disregard for state weight…

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From Truck Safety Coalition… At Safety Check in Vermont, Truck Driver Found with Meth, Other Drugs
March 2, 2016

After failing to stop for a mandatory commercial vehicle safety check in Vermont, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) pulled…

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From The Truck Safety Coalition… High-Speed Truck Crashes and the Need for Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiters
February 29, 2016

A truck driver, who was driving more than 20mph over the speed limit (76 mph), crashed and died in Maryland last…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Senator Boxer Opposes Section 611 of FAA Bill
February 29, 2016

Senator Boxer forcefully opposed Section 611 of the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, a provision that would preempt the…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… CVSA calls on FMCSA to Limit and Remove Exemptions for Motor Carriers
February 29, 2016

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) sent a letter telling the FMCSA to remove and limit the number of exemptions the…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… The Dangers of Chameleon Carriers
February 24, 2016

This article shines a light on the issue of chameleon carriers, which are companies that have gone out of business and…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Wabash Introducing Rear Impact Guard That Far Exceeds U.S. Safety Standard
February 24, 2016

Wabash National Corporation, a leading manufacturer of commercial trucking equipment, announced that it will be introducing a new rear impact guard…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Safe Roads Illinois is Making Progress
February 24, 2016

The citizens of Elwood, Illinois, fed up with their community being overrun by heavy truck traffic and fearful of being needlessly…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Idaho State Legislature Contemplates Truck Weight Increase
February 24, 2016

As you may remember, one of the anti-truck-safety provisions that was included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill authorized Idaho to increase…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… NTSB Report on Naperville Truck Crash Sheds Light on Truck Safety Issues
February 24, 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently concluded their investigation into a 2014 fatal truck crash in Naperville, IL and found…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Napolitano Amendment to Remove Sec. 611 of AIRR Act FAILS 27-31
February 24, 2016

Yesterday, the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted to approve the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act. As…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Video on Truck Blind Spots Highlights Need for Side Underride Guards
February 11, 2016

Side underride guards are a simple improvement that can make large trucks safer for pedestrians and cyclists by physically covering the…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… OMB Clears Sleep Apnea ANPRM
February 9, 2016

On Wednesday, February 3rd, The Office of Management and Budget cleared the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations (FMCSA) and Federal Rail…

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From the Truck Safety Coalition… Best and Worst States for Trucking Industry in 2016 Discounts Safety
February 8, 2016

A list of the best and worst places in the U.S. to own a trucking company or drive a truck was…

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TSC Update: Truck Safety Action in Illinois
February 8, 2016

The people of Will County, Illinois are fighting to make truck safety a priority in their community. Heavy truck traffic resulting…

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TSC Update: Double Tractor-Trailer Crash Underscores Work Zone & Truck Length Safety
February 8, 2016

A double tractor-trailer carrying handgun ammunition crashed and overturned in a work zone near Benson, AR. The truck driver was the…

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TSC Update: Indiana’s Innovative Way of Addressing Overweight Trucks
February 8, 2016

Indiana is using innovative technology to save lives and money by addressing the issue of overweight trucks on Interstates highways. Their…

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TSC Update: Safety and Infrastructure Concerns Slow Down WA Truck Weight Increase Bill
February 8, 2016

The Washington State Senate is considering a bill, SB 6265, that would increase the weight limit for agriculture trucks traveling on…

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Trucker rest break proposal resurrected in aviation bill
February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buried in the fine print of an aviation bill introduced in the House this week is a provision…

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NTSB’s 2016 Most Wanted List Released
January 14, 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its annual Top 10 Most Wanted List (attached), which represents the agency’s advocacy priorities….

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Truck driver destroys historic bridge by driving her 30-ton trailer across it – because she got her math wrong and didn’t know she was FIVE TIMES over the weight limit
January 12, 2016

By Dailymail.com | Published: 01:55 EST, 29 December 2015 | Updated: 19:03 EST, 29 December 2015 Highlights: Mary Lambright, 23, made…

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NIOSH National Survey of Long-Haul Truck Drivers: Injury and Safety
January 11, 2016

NIOSH National Survey on Long Haul Truck Drivers

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Rulemaking to Improve Rear Impact Guards and Protections
January 8, 2016

This NPRM proposes to upgrade Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 223, “Rear impact guards,” and FMVSS No. 224, “Rear…

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After cycling deaths, a plea for truck safety guards
January 7, 2016

Some of Dustin Weigl’s fondest memories of his older brother, Christopher, include their long-winded arguments about which to spread first, peanut…

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The Long Haul: One Year of Solitude on America’s Highways
December 29, 2015

Link to Article: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a40157/long-haul-year-trucking-america/

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Good year for truck-safety laws – Daphne Izer Lewiston Sun LTE
December 29, 2015

As this year comes to end, I look forward to the future wherein roads and bridges are safer than they would…

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Daphne Izer Letter to the Editor in Bangor Daily News
December 23, 2015

Truck safety distortions Mark Rosenker distorted the facts about the safety of double 33s in a Dec. 8 BDN letter to…

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STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON RELEASE OF OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL
December 16, 2015

STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON RELEASE OF OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL ARLINGTON, VA (December 16,…

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After Decades of Advocacy Truck Safety Coalition Welcomes FMCSA Release of Final Rule Requiring Electronic Logging Devices in Large Trucks
December 11, 2015

After Decades of Advocacy Truck Safety Coalition Welcomes FMCSA Release of Final Rule Requiring Electronic Logging Devices in Large Trucks Arlington,…

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Joint Op-Ed: Allowing Longer Tractor Trailers Will Have Serious Consequences
December 8, 2015

BY DAPHNE IZER, JANE MATHIS, DAWN KING AND TAMI FRIEDRICH TRAKH Every day families from Michigan, Florida, Maine and California, as…

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Laurie Higginbotham Letter to the Editor: Truck Safety is a Must
December 7, 2015

The notion that Congress should be “praised” for a bipartisan effort to pass a multiyear highway spending bill is questionable. Doing…

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Jackie Novak Letter to the Editor: Poor Compensation
December 3, 2015

On Oct. 24, 2010, in Henderson County, a speeding tractor-trailer crashed into a line of cars stopped on Interstate 26 due…

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$305B highway bill limits teen truckers
December 2, 2015

By Keith Laing – 12/02/15 10:00 AM EST The $305 billion highway bill announced by lawmakers on Tuesday limits an effort…

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STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION, ON RELEASE OF FAST ACT CONFERENCE REPORT
December 2, 2015

STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION ON RELEASE OF FAST ACT CONFERENCE REPORT ARLINGTON, VA (December…

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Thanksgiving Travels Should Remind DRIVE Act (H.R. 22) Conferees to Promote Safety
November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Travels Should Remind DRIVE Act (H.R. 22) Conferees to Promote Safety November 24, 2015 Dear Conferee: Thanksgiving is one of…

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JOINT STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF NEW STUDY, “UNCLOGGING AMERICA’S ARTERIES 2015”
November 24, 2015

JOINT STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF NEW STUDY, “UNCLOGGING AMERICA’S ARTERIES 2015” DAWN KING, PRESIDENT OF TRUCK SAFETY COALTION, BOARD MEMBER OF…

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Statement of John Lannen on Passage of Wicker-Feinstein Amendment to Conduct Safety Study of Double 33s
November 19, 2015

STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION Senate Votes in Favor of Wicker-Feinstein Motion To Conduct Safety…

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Democratic Senators Voice Concerns Over Safety Language in Highway Bill
November 13, 2015

November 12, 2015 Dear Leader McConnell and Leader Reid: We write to express our concerns over troubling provisions that were considered…

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Letter to Conferees – DRIVE Act (H.R. 22)
November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015 Dear Conferee: As representatives of the nation’s leading consumer, public health, and safety organizations, and families who have…

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DRIVE Act Conference Committee Members
November 11, 2015

Conference Committee for DRIVE Act 2015 (H.R. 22) House Conferees Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania Jimmy Duncan, Tennessee Sam Graves, Missouri Candice Miller,…

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Statement of John Lannen on Passage of Wicker Motion to Instruct Conferees on Safety Study of Double 33s
November 11, 2015

STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION Senate Votes in Favor of Wicker Motion to Instruct Conferees…

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Release: House Passes DRIVE Act (H.R. 22)
November 5, 2015

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2015 Contact: Beth Weaver | 301.814.4088 | beth_weaver@verizon.net House Passes DRIVE Act (H.R. 22) Truck Weight…

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Victory for Truck Safety: Statement of John Lannen on Failure of Ribble Amendment
November 4, 2015

Contact: Beth Weaver | 301.814.4088, beth_weaver@verizon.net STATEMENT OF JOHN LANNEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRUCK SAFETY COALITION House of Representatives Votes…

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Truck Safety Report Card: Amendments to H.R. 22
November 3, 2015

REPORT CARD – House of Representative Amendments to H.R. 22

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Truck Safety Coalition Letter to ATA President and CEO, Bill Graves
October 28, 2015

ATA Letter – Sorrow to Strength 2015

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Sorrow to Strength 2015 – Pictures
October 28, 2015

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FairWarning Article: Big Trucks, Big Bucks
October 28, 2015

Big Trucks, Big Bucks Heavy-Spending Trucking Industry Pushes Congress to Relax Safety Rules By Brian Joseph on October 28, 2015 Big…

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Truck Crash Survivor and Highway Safety Advocate Urges Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) to Give the Ax to Minnesota Overweight Log Trucks Amendment
October 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Nancy Meuleners at nmeuleners@gmail.com October 23, 2015 Truck Crash Survivor and Highway Safety Advocate Urges Rep. Rick…

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Truck Dangers in Georgia – Atlanta Journal Constitution
October 9, 2015

Link to article: http://specials.myajc.com/truck-dangers/

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The Truck Safety Coalition Announces New President, Dawn King, and New Vice President, Jane Mathis
September 17, 2015

Arlington, VA (September 17, 2015) – The Truck Safety Coalition (TSC), a partnership between Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH)…

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Linda Wilburn LTE: Transportation bill makes trucking less safe
September 13, 2015

While speaking with chambers of commerce, Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, told Oklahomans “… we shouldn’t have to be afraid of…

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Press Release: REP. RIBBLE IGNORES TRUCK SIZE AND WEIGHT STUDY FINDINGS, PLANS TO INTRODUCE DANGEROUS LEGISLATION TO INCREASE TRUCK WEIGHT TO 91,000 LBS
September 11, 2015

Contact: Beth Weaver | 301.814.4088, beth_weaver@verizon.net REP. RIBBLE IGNORES TRUCK SIZE AND WEIGHT STUDY FINDINGS, PLANS TO INTRODUCE DANGEROUS LEGISLATION TO…

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Jennifer Tierney Letter to the Editor: Bill should focus on safety
August 31, 2015

It has been more than 30 years since my father, James Mooney, was killed in a large truck crash. He was…

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NY Times Op-Ed The Trucks Are Killing Us
August 26, 2015

By HOWARD ABRAMSON AUG. 21, 2015 ACCIDENTS like the one that critically injured the comedian Tracy Morgan, killed his friend and…

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Kim Telep Letter to the Editor
August 25, 2015

Federal studies affirm dangers of longer truck trailers | Letter I am writing in response to Mark Rosenker’s July 28 letter,…

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Op-Ed: Federal transportation bill shouldn’t sacrifice public highway safety
August 21, 2015

By Roy Crawford – August 19, 2015 Whenever I read about a fatal large-truck crash, my heart goes out to the…

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Daphne Izer Statement In Response to NTSB Morgan Crash
August 11, 2015

Statement of Daphne Izer, Founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT) In response to the National Transportation Safety Board’s Hearing on…

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Letter to Senator Reid in Response Carl Pope Letter
August 6, 2015

August 6, 2015 The Honorable Harry Reid Minority Leader United State Senate Washington, D.C. 20510   Dear Senator Reid: Thank you…

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Senate Passes DRIVE Act – Worst “Safety Title” in the Last 25 Years
July 30, 2015

Public Health and Safety Groups and Family Members Who Have Lost a Loved One in a Preventable Crash Respond to the…

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‘Ridiculous and tragic:’ Why insurance is unlikely to cover Simeon’s crash victims
July 29, 2015

July 28, 2015 by Jeff Stein ITHACA, N.Y. — In 1980, the U.S. Congress passed a bill forcing all trucking companies…

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Truck Safety Coalition Letter to Senator Booker Supporting Safety Provisions in Postal Innovations Act
July 24, 2015

July 23, 2015 The Honorable Cory Booker United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Booker: We would like to thank…

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Governor Nixon Sends Letter to Senators Blunt and McCaskill Opposing Double 33s
July 22, 2015

Governor Nixon Letter to Senators Blunt and McCaskill

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Letter to Senate on Safety Title in DRIVE Act
July 22, 2015

Dear Senator: We are writing to you because of our concerns and objections to the disregard for public safety reflected in…

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USA Today Op-Ed: The road to hell is paved with congressional legislation
July 21, 2015

By Joan Claybrook Imagine that U.S. airlines had suffered four crashes in four weeks, killing a total of 330 people. Congress would…

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New York Times Editorial: A Senate Bill That Makes Roads and Railroads Less Safe
July 21, 2015

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD | JULY 21, 2015 Last month the House passed an appropriations bill that would put bigger trucks…

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2 dead, 4 injured after truck hits motorcycles along Interstate 85 in Guilford County
July 20, 2015

UPDATED 4:06 PM EDT Jul 19, 2015 GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. —The driver of a tractor-trailer that hit six motorcycles stopped along Interstate…

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U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Single Unit Truck Crash Protection
July 17, 2015

U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Single-Unit Truck Crash Protection

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Letter on NHTSA and FMCSA Authorization Bills
July 14, 2015

Letter on NHTSA and FMCSA Authorization Bills

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Collision Course: With Wary Eye on Big Trucks, Bike Riders Seek Safe Space on City Streets
July 1, 2015

By Bridget Huber on June 30, 2015 On a July afternoon in New Orleans last year, Philip Geeck was riding his…

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Truck driver cited for careless driving one day before fatal I-75 crash
July 1, 2015

June 30th, 2015 by Shelly Bradbury The truck driver involved in the nine-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75 was cited for careless…

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Press Release: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Advances Numerous Anti-Truck Safety Provisions in Transportation Spending Bill
June 24, 2015

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Advances Numerous Anti-Truck Safety Provisions in Transportation Spending Bill Broad Coalition Says NO to Putting Corporate Profit before…

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Media Advisory: News Conference to Stop Assault on Truck Safety
June 22, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY Truck crash victims, law enforcement, safety advocates to join Senator Blumenthal (D-CT) as Senate is poised to consider dangerous…

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Truck driver charged in crash that injured at least 14 on I-55
June 22, 2015

Truck driver charged in crash that injured at least 14 on I-55 By Deanese Williams-Harris and Sara Freishtat A Tennessee man…

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Bipartisan Dear Colleague Letter from Senators Wicker and Blumenthal Opposing Double 33s
June 18, 2015

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