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Albany, NY - Deadly Crashes Spur Bill Requiring Truck Side Guards

Published on: December 13, 2017 05:03 PM
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Albany, NY - A bipartisan bill introduced by two U.S. senators would change truck safety standards to prevent crashes like the one that killed four people in northern New York this summer.

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The law introduced by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Marco Rubio would require underride guards to prevent cars from slamming under tractor-trailers in a collision.

In July, two cars slid under a jackknifed milk tanker on Interstate 81 in Oswego County, killing all four occupants. Sen. Charles Schumer called for new safety standards when he met with co-workers and family members of the crash victims.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says side guards could prevent hundreds of deaths annually in the U.S.

The trucking industry supports other efforts to avoid crashes, such as automatic emergency braking and collision warning systems.



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 Dec 13, 2017 at 06:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow what a great idea. But europe has had it for the past 10 years.
ALSO AMERICA had high level brakes light since 1986 but only caught on here about 12 years ago and is not mandatory. volvo and Jacquar have side marker ;ights on cars here but is has been mandatory in America since 1968 but the EUROPEAN idiots still don't require it. Why idiots.

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 Dec 13, 2017 at 11:02 PM Conservative Carl Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Wow what a great idea. But europe has had it for the past 10 years.
ALSO AMERICA had high level brakes light since 1986 but only caught on here about 12 years ago and is not mandatory. volvo and Jacquar have side marker ;ights on cars here but is has been mandatory in America since 1968 but the EUROPEAN idiots still don't require it. Why idiots.

My bro Munch says it's normal for different countries to change at different rates.

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 Dec 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM yonasonw Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Wow what a great idea. But europe has had it for the past 10 years.
ALSO AMERICA had high level brakes light since 1986 but only caught on here about 12 years ago and is not mandatory. volvo and Jacquar have side marker ;ights on cars here but is has been mandatory in America since 1968 but the EUROPEAN idiots still don't require it. Why idiots.

...and another difference. We have a cousin who lives in the Netherlands. The required training and written tests she went through in order to get a simple drivers license were comparable to what I had to go through to get a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) for tractor trailers...and which are by in large neglected in this country.

Stopping distances of large and small vehicles, issues associated with different kinds of vehicles and driving conditions, tire planing when at high speed on wet roads, skid training, truck blind spots and the like are mandatory training subjects for all drivers in the Netherlands, and according to my Dutch family...in all of western Europe. They should be here too.

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 Dec 14, 2017 at 03:25 PM Anonymous Says:

To #2-"Conservative" Carl-Why do you have to preface all of your idiotic postings, with "my bro Munch". You don't have a relative by that name; where did you come from?

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