A new report on transportation in New York dispels some long-held myths, and provides an interesting look at the how's and why's of pedestrian accidents. According to the report:
A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would allow states to increase weight limits on tractor-trailers plying interstate highways. The bill S3705, also called the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, would allow states to increase the gross vehicle weight limit on 18 wheelers on the Interstate Highway System, to 97,000 pounds from the current 80,000 pounds. The bill would also require that trucks carrying more than 80,000 pounds be equipped with an additional sixth axle in order to compensate for the additional weight and to prevent an increase in stopping distance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into the advantages of mandating electronic stability control systems on all commercial trucks, 18 wheelers and tractor-trailers.