The New York Times recently came out with a scathing editorial called “The Trucks Are Killing Us.” In it, the author claims that Congress is “coddling” the truck industry. He says that if past trends hold true,

“More people will be killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks this year than have died in all of the domestic commercial airline crashes over the past 45 years.”

But even with trucks clearly causing horrible fatal accidents all over America, the trucking industry continues to press for lower safety standards. For example, Congress is now considering:

  • Allowing truck drivers to work 82 hours/week (instead of the current 70 hours over 8 days)
  • Lowering the minimum driving age for large trucks
  • Allowing longer and heavier trucks on the road than we already have