Senator slams the FMCSA for failing to provide safety oversight to America’s commercial trucking industry

A U.S. Senator for Massachusetts has slammed “egregious failures” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for its lack of oversight, which he says is linked to an increase in fatal, truck-involved crashes.

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Poor Safety Standards at the Federal Highway Administration

‘Modern roundabouts’ were invented in Britain in the 1960s and these were a dramatic improvement on the rotaries and traffic circles of old.  For whatever inexplicable reason, they were not introduced by the USA until the early 2000s — following over 40 years’ of prior use and best-practice development elsewhere.

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State Drivers Manuals still can’t be trusted in the USA – but they ARE improving!

Very recently, the vast majority of the information in U.S. state drivers’ manuals was not only inadequate in it’s quantity, but ridiculously, a lot of it was so bad that it was dangerous.  More recently, however, the standard has started to improve and farther down this article we will tell you how and why.

The use of bridge shadows, even on dull days, is a great way to check you have at least a three-second following distance. [Copyright image.]
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The U.S. Media Needs to Follow Guidelines for Highway Safety Issues and Road Crash Reports

Whenever a forensic crash investigation has not been completed — something which typically takes many days — it is very unwise for anyone at a crash scene to speculate about the cause of the incident. It is not rare for things that look obvious to prove entirely inaccurate.

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Lowering Blood-Alcohol Concentration [BAC] Limits for Drivers DOES Reduce Crashes

[This article was first published, by the same author, on the ‘Drive and Stay Alive’ website in 2003, but the photograph is new.]

A… study conducted by the Styrian Austrian Road Safety Board reviewed the effects of lowering the BAC from .08 to .05 percent in Styria.  Comparing 1998, when the new BAC went into effect, to 1997, the decline in alcohol-related crashes amounted to 11.6 percent.

Photo: Government of South Australia — another country that has great success combatting drunk driving.

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Far Too Many Harmful Errors and Omissions in US Road Safety Advice… even from the Government!

We are the first to realize that this page is far too long. It is now in the process of being broken down into much smaller segments which will appear below as links and replace the majority of the visible text. Thank you for your patience.

When Road Safety USA was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in 2019, one of our key goals from the outset was to work to reduce the astonishing number of failures in the official advice that is given to drivers and other road users in the USA.

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