Letter to the Editor: Stop Bill Allowing Teens to Operate as Interstate Truckers
The US Senate will soon vote on the multi-year, multibillion-dollar Surface Transportation Investment Act, S. 2016.
Nestled in the Senate bill is a dangerous provision championed by special interest trucking. If enacted, a Senate provision will lower the minimum age for drivers of interstate commercial vehicles and allow a group of 3,000 teenagers to drive large trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds across the borders of the United States. ‘State.
Our son Jasen Swift and his friend Dustin Boesch were killed by a 17 year old truck driver in a preventable accident. It is impossible to imagine a more dangerous proposition. Commercial vehicle drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 are six times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than all other truck drivers.
We strongly oppose this pilot program (experimentation) proposed in S. 2016. If this law is passed, the number of fatalities and injuries in truck crashes will continue to rise. In addition, the shortage of truckers is a myth.
Data shows that drivers aged 18 to 20 are more likely to have an accident, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has not analyzed data on current drivers of commercial vehicles aged 18 to 20 operating in commerce. intra-state.
Don’t let your family become a terrible statistic because of this crazy experience on our highways.
In 2019, more than 5,000 people were killed and 150,000 injured in large truck crashes in the United States Putting teenagers behind the wheel of a large platform is unwise and will result in more death and suffering. Please join me in urging Senators Angus King and Susan Collins to remove the “Teen Trucking” provision from S.2016.
co-chair, Parents Against Fated Truckers; Board Member, Truck Safety Coalition