I'm done with the extortionists in this culture that label themselves as "safety advocates." PATT (Parents Against Tired Truckers), CRASH (Citizens for Reliable And Safe Highways), and Road Safe America. These so-called advocate are nothing more than extortionists and charlatans who seek power in the name of safety.
In the wake of the terrible accident that injured Comedian Tracy Morgan, Henry Jasny, vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety said, "This is part of a systemic problem of having tired people driving at night and driving large trucks." Systematic problem? The clueless idiots that run these organizations have no clue what all the trucking industry, or the broader economy for that matter, entails. So, we're supposed to shut the highways down at night? That will work well in a 24 hour economy. Think gridlock is bad now? Wait until these goofballs get their way.
NOTHING MORE THAN SLANDER
These organizations do nothing more than slander drivers. They make assumptions, and propagate bad information and stereotypes; most of which is based suspicious data. They count on casual observers and drive-by media to garner sympathy for their "cause" in order to further their agenda. No matter how much you try to counter their arguments with experience and verified data, they continue their assault on the trucking industry.
WHAT IS THE REAL STORY?
According to the NHTSA, between 1998-2008 annual deaths in truck-related crashes decreased from 4,955 to 4,066 while the millions of miles traveled by trucks INCREASED from 7,732,270 to 9,027,624! The amount of miles went UP by nearly TWO MILLION while fatalities decreased. What is not included here are the studies by UMTRI (University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute), NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) all showed that 75-90% of the car/truck crashes were the fault of the CARS.
In the same 1998-2008 time frame, there were 460,984 people killed in automobile crashes. FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY THOUSAND! Where is the outcry for speed limiters and driving restrictions for cars? There is none.
I'm tired of being slandered by these groups. They have no clue what they're talking about. What they don't know, they make up in order to produce the necessary emotional reaction from the public. These people are morally reprehensible. Driving is dangerous. We've been driving for so long that we discount the danger of traveling at high speed in a metal container. No one can make you safe except yourself. Put down the phone and drive.