Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Legislation proposed to improve truck safety
From CBS 2:
There is a growing danger on the road in the New York area. Trucks have been hitting overpasses at an alarming rate, causing delays on your ride to work.
Tractor trailers have had their roofs torn off and hurled debris everywhere. On the Northern State Parkway traffic was backed up for miles after one such incident, part of the New Jersey Turnpike was shut down for hours after a truck had its cargo hold torn off.
Experts said that not all commercial drivers are prepared, and that many don’t use specialized GPS for trucks.
“Eighty-percent of low bridge strikes are caused by truckers who are looking at GPS systems that don’t warn them off the highway, that don’t warn them the bridge is too low,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.
Sen. Schumer is pushing for nationwide standards for GPS devices that will do a better job directing commercial drivers.