Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Apr. 21, 2011

Research Links Truck Crash Involvement to Driver History

A study by the American Transportation Research Institute has shown that truck driver with poor driving records are more susceptible to being involved in a future truck crash than their peers with clean driving records.

Homeland Security Launches Threat Level System

The rainbow-hued terrorist threat warning system that began during the Bush administration has been replaced by the Department of Homeland Security’s new National Terrorism Alert System. The NTAS will consist of an “elevate threat” advisory of possible terrorist activity or an “imminent threat” of an impending attack based on credible information.

Obama invokes bridge collapse in criticizing GOP budget plan

President Obama criticized cuts to infrastructure in the Republican budget plan on Tuesday by spotlighting the 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35-W bridge in Minneapolis. He also noted that the US was given a “D” grade for its infrastructure.

Small Percentage of Drivers Represent Highest Distracted Driving Risk

The SmartDrive Distracted Driving Index summarized the 2010 performance of commercial drivers using in-vehicle records that capture data during sudden stops, swerves and collisions. The study showed that 5 percent of drivers with the most driving distractions were distracted 67 percent of the time during which a risky driving maneuver was observed, which is almost 6 times more than other drivers.

US Freight Rails Hiring Rises Sharply

The transportation industry, specifically US freight rails, has continued to do their part to improve the unemployment rate in the US. The top seven railroads have the biggest combined workforce since February 2009 after an increase of 1,340 workers over the previous month.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst