It has long been understood that big-rig trucks are the most dangerous vehicles on the highways. The nation runs on the shipping industry, and trucks of all sizes are in abundance on the roads of Georgia and the remainder of the United States. And as much as the nation depends on the trucking industry, there are still some associated problems. Central to those problems is the number of accidents involving trucks on the highway system, and especially those that result in fatalities. Now the focus for the NHTSA regarding tractor-trailers and the shipping industry is speeding violations.
Congress has recently proposed that speed limiters would be an effective requirement for big-rigs, many of which are already equipped with the speed governors. The problem that legislation advocates aimed at reducing truck accidents are experiencing is the speed limit they are proposing, which is 65 miles per hour. This would not necessarily be a radical departure from states that set 70 MPH as the limit, but in states like Texas where the limit is now 85 MPH along certain sections of highway there could present a problem.
Speeding focus in upcoming safety awareness season
Truck accident attorneys across the nation applaud the program the NHTSA is planning as a coordinated event during the summer with state DOT agencies that will put focus on speeding for truckers. The Georgia DOT will take part in the program as well as other law enforcement agencies across the country. Citations for speeding issued to truckers were down significantly last year, even though total fatalities were up. This statistic alone contributed to the program implementation.