Commercial truck drivers in New York may want to lend their voices to the comments about a proposed survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The survey will pertain to excessive commuting and truck drivers. According to the agency, an excessive commute is one that is longer than 150 minutes.
Improved vehicle safety technologies are making roads safer in New York and across the U.S., according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The organization found that death rates involving late-model vehicles fell by more than a third between 2009 and 2012.
New York drivers may be more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident since they are on the rise. In 2015, fatalities from traffic accidents nationwide increased 8 percent after years of being on the decline. In 2016, they topped 40,000.
Illegal drugs are found in more than 40 percent of truck drivers for whom test results are available, according to a 2015 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. However, several factors prevent many trucking companies in New York and across the U.S. from receiving any notification that a driver has previously been arrested on drug charges.
Getting behind the wheel in New York can mean facing an array of dangers on the roadways, some of them accentuated by recent social trends. Distracted driving due to texting or social media use on the road is one major concern. Another concern that has risen is driving while under the influence of marijuana, especially because there is no recognized standard for intoxication as there is for drunk driving. One study conducted by Harris Poll has found that a great majority of Americans view these behaviors as dangerous with nearly everyone seeing texting while driving as a massive safety risk on the road.