Improving truck safety in Maine

Background on trucking safety

Stories and commentary about how Daphne and Steve Izer try to honor the memory of their son, Jeff, by making trucking safer on the nations highways.

Truck weight bills compete in Congress

A pair of bills headed to Congress will present opposing viewpoints on the weight of trucks that should be allowed on Maine highways.U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud has sponsored a bill that would allow Maine and other states to increase the weight of trucks allowed on the i...

State is wrong to yield on truck weights

Heavier trucks mean more crashes, deterioration of Maine's highwaysRecent actions by Gov. John Baldacci and other state elected leaders are more than discouraging. In fact, Maine residents and users of the roadways should be greatly concerned ...

Court KOs trucking rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a Bush administration decision to allow long-haul truckers to drive for up to 11 hours straight.For 60 years, truckers could drive for 10 hours at a time. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has...

Fatalities remain over 100 a week

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 100 people a week are killed in large truck crashes in this country, according to safety groups that called Monday for reducing how long big-rig drivers can work without rest.Wyoming, Arkansas and Oklahoma are the deadliest states for big tr...

Editorial about heavy trucks based on 'misinformation'

The Sun Journal editorial "Heavier trucks should be allowed north of Augusta" (Sept. 15), advocating 100,000-pound trucks from Augusta to the Canadian border on I-95 is based on wishful thinking, suppositions that have been repeatedly disproved, and misinformation supplied by ...

Heavier trucks should be allowed north of Augusta

Safety on Maine's highways is important, but blocking a weight-limit increase for commercial trucks on the interstate for safety concerns is shortsighted.Sen. Olympia Snowe, transportation officials and others wish to allow 100,000-pound trucks onto the interstate nort...

Ditch plan for bigger rigs on I-95, groups urge state

PORTLAND - A coalition of advocacy groups said Wednesday that raising truck weight limits on the interstate in northern Maine would make the highway more dangerous and serve as a steppingstone to higher weight limits in other states.Efforts to allow trucks up to 100,00...

Nightmare

"Eleven hours at a time" (Aug. 20) sounds like it could be a movie title. It is very much reality for long-haul truck drivers, thanks to the Bush administration. The Federal Motor Carrier Association ruled truck drivers can work 14-hour days, 11 of which can be driving. It is ...

Trucker says he's not sure what happened

AUGUSTA - A trucker from Caribou whose rig was involved in a collision that took the life of a 40-year-old Scarborough woman is offering an apology to her family, saying he would rather have died in last Friday's crash.

Score one for Daphne

On the other end of the telephone line, Daphne Izer was ecstatic.

20 years after tragic Maine crash, parents still honoring son by pushing for highway safety

In the 20 years following the crash, the Izers turned their grief into action, lobbying the state and federal governments for changes in trucking regulation to make the nation's roads safer.

Truckers say safety a priority

Truck drivers emphasized that safety is a top concern when they’re behind the wheel, but were mixed on regulations passed in the last few years that were aimed at keeping drivers alert.

Jeff Izer, 17, Angie Dubuc, 16, Dawn Marie Welding, 15, and Katie Leighton, 14, were killed 20 years ago on the Maine Turnpike when the car they were riding in was run over in the breakdown lane by a trucker who'd fallen asleep at the wheel.

'Crazy, outrageous'

Wal-Mart wants to extend the workday for its truck drivers from 14 to 16 hours, and a Lisbon mother of a teen killed by a company trucker is outraged.

Federal court kills trucking's new rule

On July 16, a U.S. appeals court threw out the new hours of service rule, vacating the rule in its entirety and sending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration back to the drawing board.In a 3-0 decision, the justices concluded: "We agree with petitioners that ...

New hours of service rule challenged

As truck drivers across the country struggle to familiarize themselves with the complexities of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new hours-of-service rule, which governs all aspects of a driver's workday, safety advocates have gone to court in an attempt to ha...

Truckers must take added down time

PORTLAND — Federal driving rules that take effect Sunday allow truckers to sleep more, but may keep them on the road more as well.

Productivity at odds with new rule

The new hours of service rule has not yet taken effect and already many are crying.Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highway, together with Parents Against Tired Truckers, have filed suit to stop implementation of the new hours of service rule on the grounds that the Fede...

Is the FMCSA spinning its wheels?

Under the new rules, drivers will very quickly figure new ways to fudge the facts in their log books.In the first major revision of hours-of-service rules since 1939, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proved that you can't pl...

Trucking companies lack foresight

There is no driver shortage, only a shortage of drivers willing to work under very poor working conditions.On Feb. 20, 2001, Robert Hirsch, president of the Truckload Carriers Association, applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's deci...

Perseverance pays in pushing DOT

The transportation department fell so far behind in its rulemaking that it took a lawsuit to prompt action.In a recent column I reported that safety advocates Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and Public C...

Time to push DOT down the road

Claiming that Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta is moving much too slowly in some critical areas, Parents Against Tired Truckers (PATT), Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH), Public Citizen and Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) began shaking his tree...