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June 2017 Archives

Most drivers report having been angry behind the wheel

According to a survey released in 2016 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost 80 percent of drivers said that in the previous year, they had experienced significant aggression, anger or road rage while driving. A small but not insignificant number reported acts of extreme road road including 4 percent of people who said they had left a vehicle to confront someone and 3 percent who said they had deliberately hit another vehicle. It is more than likely that many Florida motorists are guilty of this type of behavior.

How to react after a car accident caused by someone else

Whether a Florida driver is at fault for an accident or not, the protocols for what to do afterward are largely the same. It is important to get as much information about the other driver as possible including that person's name, address and phone number. Drivers should also exchange insurance information and get witness statements if possible. The police may need to be called to create an accident report.

FMCSA implements new CDL rule after Trump-ordered review

Commercial vehicle operators in Florida and around the country are being given a lengthy amount of time to comply with new truck driver training regulations that went into effect on June 5. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had pushed for the revisions to commercial driver's license training standards to be implemented in February, but a regulatory review ordered by the Trump administration delayed their introduction for five months. President Trump vowed to slash red tape and make life easier for American businesses during the campaign, and he ordered a review of all pending regulations shortly after taking office.

Safety violations highlighted in annual truck inspection event

Truck drivers in Florida and across the country are geared up for a major annual vehicle inspection push from June 6 through June 8. Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts the International Roadcheck, a 72-hour event that focuses on safety enforcement and compliance.

More truck drivers might be tested for sleep apnea

Florida truck drivers may be more likely to face screening for sleep apnea based on the refusal in April of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case dealing with a truck driver who had a risk factor for the condition. The driver's employer had required him to get a test for sleep apnea because of his BMI, but the man refused and provided a letter from his doctor saying that such a test was unnecessary. The man was fired, and a lower court ruled that his Americans with Disabilities Act rights were not violated.

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