New York State is known for its congested highways and the prevalence of large trucks sharing the roads. Over the years, numerous accidents involving big rigs have caused concern among not only the public, but local legislators.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 126 people lost their lives in accidents involving large trucks in New York last year. This number was higher than the previous four years on record. There may be cause for worry with the upcoming winter season just ahead, since large trucks are particularly dangerous in accidents caused by adverse weather conditions.
Last August, New York Senator Chuck Schumer proposed legislation that would require all vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds to have speed-limiting devices. The Times Herald-Record states that this technology, which is already in use among many commercial truck fleets, prevents a vehicle from exceeding 60 miles per hour. The law would include school buses and commercial passenger buses, as well as large trucks. Senator Schumer’s goal was to have the implementation go into effect by the beginning of 2017. Some say that 498 lives might be saved every year if the speed of commercial trucks was limited.
It remains to be seen whether the proposed law will be passed and how it might affect motorists in New York and across the country. The fact that speed-limiting legislation has been proposed, and that such devices exist, illustrate the concern that people have regarding keeping motorists safe when they share the roads with large trucks.