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October 29, 2008 10:00 AM, EDT
ATA Releases Highway Safety Agenda Details

American Trucking Associations unveiled details its highway safety agenda designed to reduce the number of highway-related fatalities and injuries on U.S. highways.

Augmenting an established platform of existing, successful safety initiatives, ATA outlined 18 steps for further reducing highway crashes among all motorists.

“Safe driving and safe highways are a team effort,” said ATA President Bill Graves said. “The entire community, from motor carriers to law enforcement to the motoring public and law makers must work in concert to make our highways safe.

“ATA has long pursued a safety agenda. Large truck fatality and injury rates are already at their lowest point since the federal government began reporting the figures three decades ago. But we must continue to raise the bar for safety,” Graves said in a statement.

The new policies are designed to improve the performance of both commercial and non-commercial drivers, and make vehicles and motor carriers safer. The agenda follows an ATA initiative announced in May designed to result in a sustainable and environmentally responsible trucking industry.

Click here for a full list of the recommendations. (ATA Web site.)