proposed speed limiter mandate. CBS Evening News covered the story without citing any of the studies that show an increase in crash risk when split speeds occur.
This time, mainstream media has missed the mark regarding a story about truck drivers and crashes. Fox 28 in Spokane, Wash., reported on Thursday, Sept. 1, that Washington State University has planned a $1.4 million study to see if truck drivers are getting enough sleep The story opens with a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control that says one out of every three truck drivers has reported being in a serious crash.
There are so many problems with that opening statement it’s difficult to know where to begin.
First, let’s start with the absurdity of the statistic. Does anyone really believe that 33 percent of the nation’s truck drivers have been involved in a serious crash?
Not surprisingly, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has evidence to refute that claim.