How clever cops catch mobile phone users – even truckers

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The disheveled man stood at the busy intersection holding a handwritten cardboard sign that many drivers didn’t read. And it cost them plenty. It was a trap. Montgomery County Police Sgt. Phillip Chapin and about eight other officers issued a total of 56 tickets county-wide in one recent day, including 31 tickets and 9 warnings to people caught using their phones without hands-free devices.  Read more here.

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Trucking – Highway Users Rank America’s Worst 50 Traffic Bottlenecks

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The worst traffic bottleneck in the country is in Chicago, Ill., according to a new study by the American Highway Users Alliance — and Los Angeles owns the next six of the top 10.  Read more here.

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Top 10 States for Truck Violations

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As part of its “CSA Data Trail” series, Overdrive has identified the top 10 states for vehicle-related violations. In each of the ranking states, vehicle violations accounted for more than 70 percent of total violations identified by enforcement officials. Read more here.

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EPA Fines Trucking Company For Not Using Diesel Particulate Filters

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A Virginia trucking company will pay $100,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency and an additional $290,000 to California in the first federal enforcement of the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation.  Read more here.

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Truck driver pay to continue to rise – Industry short 50k drivers

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Driver pay will likely continue to rise in the coming decade as fleets work to attract new drivers to the industry to fill the gap of an alleged driver shortage that could grow to as high as 175,000 in the next 10 years, says the American Trucking Associations in a report issued Oct. 6.  Read more here.

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2015 Trucking Industry Perspectives

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Trucking companies responding to Inbound Logistics‘ 2015 Trucking Perspectives survey by and large see an economy on the make—54 percent expect static growth in the near term, while 40 percent see the economy trending upward. Only six percent forecast conditions getting worse. Read more here.

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Trucking Industry Rolling Along Toward Autonomous Trucks

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Government officials in Germany have given the OK for Daimler Trucks to test out its autonomous trucks in highways in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, where Daimler’s Stuttgardt headquarters is located, according to reports in ZDNet and DW.com.  Read more here.

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Bloomberg: Women Truckers “Outdriving” Men

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As more companies are reaching out to women to fill the truck driver shortage, a new report from Bloomberg claims that they are  out driving their male counterparts.  Read more here.

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Trucking Industry Safety and New Technology

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Heavy truck accidents account for 3,800 fatal crashes a year, 3,900 deaths annually, 100,000 injuries, and 13% of all traffic fatalities. That’s according to Daniel Blower, an associate research scientist at the University of Michigan’s transportation Research Institute.  According to Blower, those numbers really aren’t that high, and there’s technology out there that can drive them down even more.  Read more here.

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