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  • Heavy-spending trucking industry pushes Congress to relax safety rules

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    Heavy-spending trucking industry pushes Congress to relax safety rules

    By Brian Joseph
    FairWarning.org
    Big rig crashes kill nearly 4,000 Americans each year and injure more than 85,000. Fatalities involving large trucks are up 17 percent since 2009; injuries up 28 percent. Given these numbers, you might expect Congress to be agitating for tighter controls on big rigs. In fact, many members are pushing for the opposite – looser restrictions on the trucking industry and its drivers.

  • Collision course: With wary eye on big trucks, bike riders seek safe space on city streets

    Collision course: With wary eye on big trucks, bike riders seek safe space on city streets

    By Bridget Huber
    FairWarning
    On a July afternoon in New Orleans last year, Philip Geeck was riding his bicycle in a marked bike lane on a busy street when he was crushed to death by a tractor-trailer truck that witnesses said tried to turn right without signaling. Heavy trucks make up a fraction of the vehicles on the road, but they are involved in a disproportionate share of accidents that kill bicyclists and pedestrians, according to federal data.

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