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Administrator Anne Ferro of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA in a statement said that an initial 2010 report on fatal truck crashes revealed truck crash fatalities rose to almost 4,000 people.
In 2009, truck crashes resulted in the deaths of 3,380 people while 74,000 others suffered various types of injuries.
This information was released by Administrator Ferro during a testimony before a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee regarding the currently pending truck driver hours of service, or HOS, reforms.
This important data strengthens the position of safety groups, families of truck accident victims, and labor who have been asking the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation to implement a safer truck driver HOS regulation to lessen driver fatigue. The trucking industry has been advocating for the retention of the current regulation mainly based on the lessening of truck crash fatalities in the last couple of years.
Safety groups have argued against this claim saying that there is no connection in the recent decline in fatalities and have presented solid proof to Congress and the Obama Administration that the trucking industry’s claim is clearly false.
Joan Claybook, the Chair of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, said, “This newly released data proves that the ‘Trucking Industry Emperor’ has no clothes. We already knew that there were no facts or evidence whatsoever that linked the current HOS rule and the recent improvements in truck crash and fatality data. Now it’s time for the Obama Administration to do the right thing and protect innocent motorists and truck drivers.”