2021SpringShield_BlogHeaders_ElimintateSpeeding

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the start of the Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP). Under this program, if a carrier has an eligible crash that occurred on or after Aug. 1, 2019, they may submit a Request for Data Review (RDR) with the required police accident report and other supporting documents, photos, or videos through the Agency’s DataQs website.

Three leading safety-focused organizations, Institute for Safer Trucking, Aubrey Daniels International, and MAGTEC Products, Inc, announced the formation of a new safety organization, the Safe Operating Speed Alliance. The mission is to save lives and prevent injuries through the adoption of technology, policies, regulations and behavioral strategies to eliminate speeding. Speeding is one of the biggest causes of crashes on our roads and highways and the situation has only gotten worse over time and during the pandemic.

The new partnership’s primary advocacy goals are:

  • Require Speed Limiters be used on Class 7 & 8 trucks (Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act);
  • Encourage insurance companies to factor usage of speed limiter technology in underwriting, and recognition by FMCSA for beyond compliance.
  • Promote investment to address infrastructure needs and support research of speed limiters and methodology for setting and adjusting limits; and
  • Encourage transportation companies to address organizational systems that encourage risky behavior and speeding (ie. on-time incentives) and broader safety leadership and safety culture issues.

Dr. Judy Agnew, Senior Vice President, Safety Solutions at Aubrey Daniels International, said, “The data are clear. Despite good intentions, governmental and organizational policies and practices have failed to reduce speeding. With a more scientific understanding of the root causes of this deadly behavior, the Safe Operating Speed Alliance will promote targeted strategies to address this deadly behavior more effectively. ADI is excited to partner with these other accomplished organizations to save lives.”

Gary Catapano, Chief Strategy & Safety Advisor, MAGTEC Products, Inc., said “Speeding has been the cause of nearly 10,000 deaths every year on our highway for decades now. Unlike other roadway safety issues which we have tackled and helped drive prevention, the same cannot be said about speeding. Even with the speeding problem being called out by NTSB and other safety advocates over the years, we still lack a comprehensive strategy and focus to reduce speeding-related crashes. This has resulted in us becoming a speed tolerant culture. We will bring together various stakeholders with new ideas, approaches and suggestions to help immediately gain traction in the prevention of speeding and the often-tragic crashes resulting from it. Real solutions are available now and we need to consider and implement them”. 

For more information on the alliance, visit their website at alliance.safeoperatingspeed.org.

MAGTEC Products Inc., a member of Protective’s Vendor Referral Network, specializes in developing and manufacturing commercial intelligent vehicle control systems that help prevent theft, prevent speeding and enhance safety compliance for all classes of vehicles, including heavy equipment industries. One of its newest intelligent speed-limiting technology products, SafeSpeed®, is a patented solution that automatically limits vehicle speeds to posted speed limits in real time. 

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