In the days ahead, truck drivers may find increased focus on driving techniques and more options for technology that will aid in safer driving thanks in part to the U.S. Department of National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA). As part of a new initiative aimed at preventing “all” truck fatalities within the next 30 years, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are partnering with the National Safety Council (NSC) to launch what is being called the “Road to Zero” coalition.
The “Road to Zero” coalition will provide more than $1 million dollars a year for the next three years to organizations working on lifesaving programs that protect truck drivers. Money will be made available in the form of grants to fund those efforts. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary, “Our vision is simple-zero fatalities on our roads. We know that setting the bar for safety to the highest possible standard requires commitment from everyone to think differently about safety – from drivers to industry, safety organizations and government at all levels.”
While the program is not yet at zero, FHWA David Kim said in a press statement, that there will come a day when there are no fatalities on our roadways, sidewalks or bicycle paths. Efforts are currently underway to achieve that. According to coalition members, the introduction of automated vehicles and other advanced technologies will play a crucial role in achieving the program’s goals—so will educational initiatives for the industry. As reported, “The Road to Zero Coalition will work … through concurrent efforts that focus on overall system design, addressing infrastructure design, vehicle technology, enforcement and behavior safety. An important principle of the effort will be to find ways to ensure that inevitable human mistakes do not result in fatalities.”
The program will initially focus on promoting lifesaving strategies like the use of seat belts and other truck safety initiatives. Education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical services, according to the coalition, will all play pivotal roles in “driving down fatalities.” The coalition also plans to “lead” development of programs and technologies that protect truck drivers. FMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III says the initiative will succeed if everyone works together to make safety our highest priority.
At Millis Transfer, we are dedicated to ensuring the safe driving practices of all drivers. That’s why we have earned one of the best safety records in the business. At Millis Transfer, the safety of our drivers always comes first, every mile of the way.
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Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.