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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin.: Six Years Later, the Roads are No Safer from Truck Crashes

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A study released by two truck and highway safety advocacy groups showed that U.S. fatalities from truck accidents have remained consistent at 100 per week from 1999 (when the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was created) through 2005. This week, families of truck crash victims are lobbying Congress and the Bush Administration to create stricter safety rules. The advocacy groups seek to reduce the number of hours truck drivers are allowed to drive without rest, increase safety inspections of big trucks, require on-board electric monitors to ensure compliance with hours-of-service rules, and train drivers better. Guess whose side the Administration will take?