Posts tagged: highway safety
Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials say motor vehicle fatalities across Idaho are dropping. The Idaho Transportation Department says there were 40 deaths during the first four months of this year, compared with 62 over the same period last year. Department safety manager Mary Hunter says officials are encouraged by Wednesday’s report, especially because if represents fewer family tragedies. In a yearly look at the situation, highway deaths dropped by 20 from 2007 to 2008. The department says that in 2007 there were 252 deaths, compared to 232 in 2008. And preliminary data for 2009 suggests a continuing drop to 226 fatalities.
Question: Do you see drivers getting better or worse?
Starting tomorrow, the Idaho State Police will have extra officers working “the high crash areas in the Coeur d’Alene-Post Falls area” as part of a statewide program to reduce crashes involving commercial trucks. The target: Any aggressive drivers around commercial trucks, whether they’re in cars or trucks, who do things like speed, tailgate, and cut off other vehicles. “The economic and human costs of commercial vehicle crashes are significant, not only in dollars, but more importantly the impact that crashes have on people’s lives,” said ISP Commercial Vehicle Safety Lt. Bill Reese. “We want to reduce the number of people affected by aggressive driving and make the roads safer for all of us.”
Question: What’s your experience with big trucks on the road? What do you think would make things safer?