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Government finds commercial drivers are buckling up more than ever

More commercial truck and bus drivers are buckling up than ever before, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The agency compiled the data by observing nearly 21,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses at 827 roadside sites scattered across the U.S. According to the FMCSA, observers found that 74 percent of commercial truck and bus drivers wore their safety belts, a significant improvement from 2007 when only 65 percent of commercial drivers buckled up. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood expressed no signs of contentment with the improvement. “Safety belts save ... Read More

Dispelling the myth of safety belt use for commercial drivers

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial truck and bus drivers are using their safety belts more now than ever before. That’s good news for sure, but 26 percent of commercial drivers still snub the belt, meaning the FMCSA’s mission to get all drivers to buckle up is still 26 percent incomplete. According to FMCSA data, safety belt use isn’t guaranteed to save lives in the event of an accident, but it dramatically improves the odds of surviving an accident and mitigating injury. 703 drivers of large trucks died in truck crashes in 2006. 314 of those ... Read More

New ‘black box’ rules will enhance hours-of-operation enforcement

Commercial carriers that have a record of serious non-compliance with hours-of-service regulations will soon be required to install electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) that monitor driving activity. The new measure, which has been cleared by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will serve to enforce regulations that govern the number of hours commercial truck drivers can legally drive before resting. The details of the final rule will be revealed when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) publishes it in the Federal Register. According to the OMB, the White House insisted on a few revisions to the rule ... Read More

Feds shut down bus company after fatal accident

When commercial bus and trucking companies ignore federal and state regulations, people get hurt. That sad fact was clearly illustrated early Friday morning last week when a tour bus rolled over on Interstate 10 just south of Phoenix, Arizona killing 6 people and injuring the other 16 people on board, many of them seriously. The bus involved in the fatal crash is operated by Tierra Santa, Inc. of van Nuys, California. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s records, the bus company’s owner, Cavetano Martinez of Los Angeles, had been previously shut down by the agency reopened under another ... Read More

FMCSA submits formal anti-texting rules to strengthen commercial ban

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has quickened its pace in establishing new rules that would explicitly ban commercial truck and bus drivers from texting and restrict the use of cell phones in general. The FMCSA is expected to submit its proposed rules to the Office of Management and Budget for review today, Monday, March 8. In January, the Department of Transportation announced that existing federal regulations would be enforced against most interstate commercial truck and bus drivers who text while driving, effective immediately, but that existing regulatory guidance “is not a substitute for a formal notice-and-comment texting ban.” ... Read More

Are Chantix reactions a laughing matter?

The number of bloggers out there writing about their personal experiences with Chantix and documenting, for the world to see, the musings of a mind tortured by nicotine withdrawal, seems to be proliferating even as prescriptions for the smoking cessation drug decline. Now it appears that a new genre in world of Chantix information has emerged: the Comical Side Effect. Zug.com, a reader-powered comedy website, announced a contest it is holding for the most hilarious Chantix story. The person who submits the funniest account of his or her Chantix side effects will win $500.00 — enough money for another 5 months of ... Read More

Researchers recommend new Chantix warnings

Researchers at the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices, a nonprofit organization, and Wake Forest University say that their latest review of Chantix data justifies stepping up warnings about the drug. More than 1,000 complications were reported in the first quarter of 2008, including 15 traffic accidents, 52 incidents of loss of consciousness and blackouts, and 50 deaths. Reports of adverse effects among users taking Chantix were greater than any other prescription drug for the second quarter in a row. While the drug already urges caution while driving and operating machinery, the new reports suggest a stronger warning may be justified. ... Read More

FMCSA stops short of Chantix ban

Following the release of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) public health advisory on Chantix in May, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration all but outright banned the use of Chantix for commercial drivers. In a statement issued May 23 by Administrator John H. Hill, he would not go so far as to specifically prohibit the use of Chantix for interstate truck and bus drivers, saying the FMCSA would not “name any medications, such as Chantix, in FMCSA regulations.” However, the FMCSA does prohibit the use of prescribed substances or drugs that adversely affect the driver’s ability to safely ... Read More