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FORMER U.S. HIGHWAY AND SAFETY HEADS TO PROTEST BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S DANGEROUS TRUCK SAFETY PROPOSALS

FORMER U.S. HIGHWAY AND SAFETY HEADS TO PROTEST BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S
 DANGEROUS TRUCK SAFETY PROPOSALS


Trucking 'Competitiveness' vs. Public Safety in Battle Over the Administration's Inhumane Plan to Increase Driver Hours-on-the-Road Driver Fatigue Leading Cause of Fatal Truck Crashes, Safety Advocates Warn, as 'Truth Squad' Prepares to Counter Trucking Lobby's 'National
 Rest-and-Recovery Day' Gimmick
 WHAT: News Conference
 WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 14
 10 a.m.
 WHERE: Outside U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters
 6th Street S.W., near E Street, Washington
 WHO: Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH)
 -- John Hassell, CRASH board member; former administrator,
 Federal Highway Administration ('79-80).
 -- Joan Claybrook, CRASH co-chair; former administrator, National
 Highway Traffic Safety Administration ('77-81).
 -- Gerald Donaldson, Ph.D., CRASH co-chair and one of the
 nation's leading experts on truck safety.
 -- Bruce Durbrow, a Connecticut father whose 20-year-old son Dean
 was killed last year in an Arizona crash caused by a fatigued
 truck driver who was behind the wheel for over 12 hours.
 -- Jack Thomas, a former truck driver from the Chicago area who
 strongly opposes any increase in trucker hours-of-service.
 Current federal regulations allow a maximum of 15 hours active on-duty time each day with no more than 10 of those actually driving. After 60 hours of driving in seven days or 70 hours in eight days, a three-day rest period is currently required.
 In spite of the fact that truck driver fatigue is the leading cause of fatal truck crashes, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed a new regulation for truckers to drive as much as 100 hours over eight days with only a single 24-hour rest period before starting over.
 The public has until Nov. 4 to respond to the U.S. DOT plan to boost truck driver hours-of-service. CRASH is mounting a nationwide grassroots letter-writing campaign to call on the administration to abandon this dangerous policy proposal.
 CRASH's news conference will counter the American Trucking Association's "National Rest-and-Recovery Day" promotion. On Oct. 14, the trucking lobby will carry out so-called "petition drives" at truckstops across the country to back the administration's proposal.
 CRASH also will detail the administration's other dangerous regulatory changes to wipe out or weaken important truck safety regulations. These include efforts to:
 -- reduce trucker vision and hearing safety standards;
 -- allow insulin-dependent diabetics to drive commercial motor
 vehicles in interstate commerce; and
 -- remove all federal safety control over interstate movement of
 commercial vehicles under 26,000 pounds.
 U.S. DOT Secretary Andrew Card has pledged safety as his highest priority. CRASH officials will challenge Card to honor this pledge.
 NOTE: A b-roll video package will be available for TV outlets.
 CONTACT: Bill Bronrott for Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, 301-652-6016.
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