Technology sure can play a major role in roadway safety. In an attempt to eliminate rear end collisions caused by roadwork projects that require abrupt slowdowns coupled with some slow driver reaction times there is a push to add these safety devices.
Many newer trucks come equipped with collision avoidance technology, but only a small percentage of these flatbed shippers have this latest technology. The United States is still scrambling to add these cutting-edge improvements staying well behind Europe. Other features are also being offered to show safety results to flatbed transportation and dry van transportation. Some of these features include Anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and airbags. This is now along with existing and updated regulations a common theme in the trucking industry. The latest push to use speed limiters is gaining popularity especially with larger fleets.
Deaths related to these accidents are rising sharply so it seems apparent that we should take every measure to educate owner operators and fleet offices no matter what size, about the latest technologies available to date.
Trucking Industry Technology in CT
Discussions about 18-year-old divers cause some concern in CT although it is unfounded that they are at a greater risk to cause an accident. Although they will be highly vetted there is no evidence of complaints confirming this in Connecticut.
A troubling trend in some states is the recent practice towards increasing speed limits. During the governance of Abraham Ribicoff CT led the way in enforcing speed limits and advancing the use of radar. This showed significant results and put CT in the lead in highway safety showing a high percentage decline in accidents. After he left office CT fell into line with the other states.
Traffic deaths at an all-time four year high in CT are forcing drivers to be rigorously tested and then fined heavily for abusing the hours driven each day. Some driver’s licenses will be revoked for violations. Law enforcement is also being rigorously trained to in monitoring truck drivers behaviors.
Connecticut can claim the 8th highest safety record in the states. This conclusion was from the study and correlation of the data with speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving statistics.
Down the Road: CT now has proposed or enacted legislation concerning the following areas; an act concerning autonomous vehicles, An Act Concerning Recommendations by the Department of Transportation Regarding Heavy Duty Trailers n Act Concerning the Power of the Commissioner of Transportation to Conduct a Mileage Tax Study with State Funds, An Act Concerning the Construction of Tunnels for Interstate Routes 84 and 91 in the Hartford Region, An Act Concerning the In-State Transporter’s Permit, and an act concerning electronic tolls.
Some of the areas in CT that have traffic Cameras
In CT you can find highway traffic cameras recording on Route 9 In Cromwell, and Middletown. Route 8; Waterbury, Naugatuck, Bridgeport. Route 72; Plainville. Route 66; Middletown, Portland. Route 2; East Hartford, Glastonbury. I-95; Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk. Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, West Haven, New Haven, East Haven, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford, New London, Groton.