NHSTA Releases new rules to save 227 lives a year....but NOTHING,,NO RULES for "Passenger Cars That Tow Trailers" that over 400 lives lost and since 1975 over 15,221 lives lost.
Note:  NHTSA is in violation of their MISSION STATEMENT....
Our Mission....Save Lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle-related crashes.

Notice.....227 lives will be saved... but for some reason over 400 lives a year and since 1975 over 15,211 lives lost by "Passenger Cars That Tow Trailers" and NHTSA does nothing... to address.... WHY?

Ask yourself this..

Here's a little project for you. The next time you're out and about take notice of the countless numbers of trailers being hauled daily on our roadways. Look closely and you'll see that many are improperly attached to the tow vehicle, don't have working lights, safety chains and are unacceptably maintained. Then ask yourself, why am I riding behind or next to this person trying to kill or injury me or my family?
    NHTSA 09-09
    Friday, July 24, 2009
    Contact: Rae Tyson
    Telephone: (202) 366-9550

    Tough New Braking Rules For Large Trucks Will Save Hundreds of Lives Annually

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issued stringent new braking standards that will save lives by improving large truck stopping distance by 30 percent.

    NHTSA estimates that the new braking requirement will save 227 lives annually, and will also prevent 300 serious injuries. It is estimated to reduce property damage costs by over $169 million annually.

    “Safety is our highest priority,” Secretary LaHood said. “Motorists deserve to know they are sharing the road with large trucks that are up to the safest possible standards, so they can get home alive to their families.”

    The new standard requires that a tractor-trailer traveling at 60 miles per hour come to a complete stop in 250 feet. The old standard required a complete stop within 355 feet.

    The new regulation will be phased in over four years beginning with 2012 models.

    The new rule should speed up the introduction of the latest brake technology into America’s freight hauling fleets and will help truck drivers avoid collisions with other vehicles.

    The new rule applies only to truck tractors, and does not include single-unit trucks, trailers and buses.

    The latest statistics from NHTSA show that large commercial vehicles continue to show a decrease in their involvement in fatal crashes. In 2008, 4,229 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks, down 12 percent from the 4,822 deaths recorded in 2007.

    To read the final rule, click here

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