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Labor Day Travel Alert

September 4, 2009

Washington D.C. - A new analysis of federal data shows more than 28,000 motor carrier companies operating over 200,000 trucks have violated federal safety rules. In an effort to determine how many non-compliant trucks are on the road this Labor Day, the American Association for Justice reviewed data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Spokesman Ray De Lorenzi says the investigation found thousands of safety violations.

"Commuters are sharing roads with trucks that have defective brakes, bald tires, loads that dangerously exceed weight limits and drivers who may have little or no training."

Motorists should be concerned about so many trucks not meeting safety standards, De Lorenzi says. The report found that, in 2007, 111 Virginians died in traffic accidents involving large trucks.

"Most Americans don't realize this, but unfortunately trucks, while they make up a small percentage of the vehicles on the road, do make up a larger percentage of the accidents and deaths that occur."

The trucking industry says the data do not accurately reflect current vehicle safety because much of it is more than 20 years old, and many companies faulted are no longer in business. Trucking groups also complain many accidents are the fault of average drivers, not professional truckers.

A full listing of all companies in violation of federal safety requirements by state is available at www.justice.org/trucksafetyviolations.

Aries Keck, Public News Service - VA