Senator Webb
Please note that he helped provide the numbers of accidents, loss of life and total number of accidents.



    February 26, 2009




    Mr. Ron Melancon

    8898 Castle Point Drive

    Glen Allen, Virginia 23060


    Dear Mr. Melancon:


    Thank you for contacting my office to express your concerns about traffic and trailer safety. I appreciate your taking the time to share your concerns with me.

    As you know, traffic accidents take the lives of thousands of Americans each year.   I agree with you that roadways safety needs to be improved. I think that increased freight rail usage would help take more trucks of our roads, improving roadway safety. Higher fines, a safe speed trucking law, and trailer safety regulations as you proposed, might also help make our roadways safer. Please keep in mind, however, that regulations of this matter are largely a state issue. I would encourage you to also contact the Governor's office, as well as your representatives in the Virginia General Assembly. Should this matter arise before the United States Congress, please be assured that your experiences and suggestions will be very helpful to me.


    Thank you again for contacting me and my staff on this important matter, and we will consider your idea as we consider transportation safety issues. We appreciate your correspondence and hope that you will not hesitate to share your views with us on this and other matters in the future.


    I would also invite you to visit my website at for regular updates about my activities and positions on matters that are important to Virginia and our nation.



    Jim Webb

    United States Senator








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