It might not seem that long ago to many Connecticut drivers and other motorists across the country that the drama relating to a fatal bridge collapse on the Mississippi River in Minnesota was playing out on their television screens. The fall of that structure in 2007 brought about the deaths of 13 people and sparked a national debate on the country's transportation infrastructure.
Commercial truckers in Connecticut and across the country continue to drive within posted speed limits better than do most drivers of cars. Statistics compiled during October 2012 for the Commercial Safety Alliances Operation Save Driver campaign indicate that passenger-car drivers in Connecticut and other states frequently disregard speed limits, particularly when motoring around commercial vehicles.
On May 31 of last year, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed a piece of legislation called The Palliative Use of Marijuana Act. The law, which took legal effect on October 1, 2012, made Connecticut the 17th state to legalize pot for use by a select group of people with one or more of 11 enumerated medical conditions.
You know those truck weigh stations on various roads throughout Connecticut that always seem devoid of trucks and often appear to be unstaffed?
Given the size and weight of trucks, virtually any truck accident has the potential for a comparatively adverse outcome. Big trucks especially -- those commonly operated by commercial drivers, such as 18-wheelers and assorted delivery trucks -- are frequently involved in crashes and collisions that yield particularly dire results on roadways throughout Connecticut and nationally.
A longstanding debate in the trucking industry has just gained major traction on one side, namely, the proponents of a universal and slower speed limit being imposed on the nation's commercial truckers to reduce truck accidents and increase overall road safety.
It is likely to be more than a bit disconcerting to most state residents hearing that a worker has conceded to a "near miss" at work when that employee is a commercial truck driver and "work" is a Connecticut road or interstate highway.