Transportation Safety Board Chair Discusses Road Safety on Trip to Louisville

by Gabe Bullard on March 31, 2011

The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board is meeting with area transportation officials this week.

Deborah Hersman left Washington D.C. Wednesday and is traveling in various semis to the Mid-American Truck Show in Louisville. Along the way, she’s meeting with safety officials in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Hersman says better safety for trucks requires improvement in three areas: the drivers, the vehicles and the roads themselves.

“…Like rumble strips and barriers and better signage and better friction on the pavement for precipitation and contamination on the road ways. All of these things are important,” she says.

Hersman says new technology can make large trucks more stable and likely to stay in the lanes. As for the drivers themselves, Hersman’s agency has promoted requirements that drivers rest frequently during long drives.

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