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Trucking industry spends more than $7 billion on safety every year

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Safety on the road   Since 2004, truck-involved fatal crashes are down 21%

American Trucking Associations officials expressed appreciation to the millions of members of the trucking industry for their commitment to improving highway safety.

"June is National Safety Month, and as a safety-first industry, the many hard-working dedicated members of the trucking industry deserve to be commended for their efforts to make our roads safer," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

"Our industry spends more than $7 billion annually on safety-related training, technology and equipment – and that investment is paying off in a big way."

Since 2004, truck-involved fatal crashes are down 21% and since the industry was economically deregulated in 1980, those crashes are down 32% and the crash rate per 100 million miles has been cut an astonishing 74%.

"Our industry is benefitting from improvements in technology, but also from the hard work and dedication of our professional drivers," said ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, senior vice president of state government relations, UPS Inc.

"Advances in active safety technology and other devices have benefits, which is why our industry has been voluntarily investing in such systems. However, the most important safety investment our industry makes is in the men and women behind the wheel."


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