a national journal of the trucking industry reports in its August 2009 edition that in the year 2008 truck related fatality rates declined by 12% as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number of truck occupant deaths also decreased 16%. Further the overall number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes in the US decreased almost 10%, the lowest level since 1961.The decrease is attributed in part to the increased use of safety belts along with new hours-of-service regulations.

Truck fatalities are now at their lower point since statistics have been kept starting in 1975. The American Trucking Association also credits its 18 point safety agenda which includes promoting safety belt use, a national speed limit, improved truck crash worthiness standards, tax incentives for safety technology, and drug testing.

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