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A debate is raging about big trucks. Specifically, will longer large trucks improve efficiency and reduce the number of trucks on the road, or will they cause greater wear-and-tear on the road and be so difficult to drive they cause more serious crashes?trucking

At issue is the proposed twin 33-foot trailer. It’s been a highly divisive issue in the trucking industry for years, though mostly for economic reasons. Smaller carriers say if the government opens the door to these larger vehicles, they will have no choice but to update their fleet if they want to stay competitive. Most of these smaller companies say it would be impossible to do so in a manner that would be expedient and cost effective. Larger companies, meanwhile, argue that fewer trucks on the road means heightened safety on several fronts. Drivers could carry more in one haul, so they would be less pressed traveling to-and-from destinations. The need for fewer trips would mean lesser need for more trucks, which would mean fewer trucks on the road. That helps cut down on the wear-and-tear of our aging transportation infrastructure. They argue a shift to these larger trucks would help save $2.6 billion in transportation costs. One finding released by Americans for Modern Transportation indicated national adoption of twin 33 truckers would reduce truck miles driven by 3.1 billion, resulting in 4,500 fewer truck accidents annually.

Last year, a transportation funding bill would have permitted twin 33-ft. trailers on interstate highways passed the House, but the Senate ultimately backed away from that allowance. Now, trucking companies have promised they will fight for it again this year.  Continue reading

For his involvement in a car crash that killed a 2-year-old child and, shortly thereafter, the boy’s newborn brother, a 29-year-old box truck driver has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. The judge sentenced the driver to between 1 and 3 years in prison, followed by three years of probation.truckoverbridge

According to news reports, the delivery driver was transporting a load of sea food on U.S. 17 near Wilmington when the crash occurred earlier this year. Investigators would later learn the driver had less than five hours of sleep the night before, and had purchased illicit drugs from a street dealer some nine hours before the crash.

The box truck driver was reportedly looking down at his sandwich as he approached a line of stopped traffic. He looked up and realized he needed to stop fast. Although he slammed on his brakes, it was too late. He crashed into the car ahead of him. This sparked a chain reaction. One of the vehicles in that chain reaction was driven by a Charlotte pastor, his wife, who was 37 weeks pregnant, and their 2-year-old son. Continue reading

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