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Minnesota Trucking-related Fatalities Drop Nearly 18%

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Cars and trucks collided less often in Minnesota during the past year,

resulting in a 17.8% drop in trucking-related fatalities.

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According to statistics reported in the latest edition of Minnesota Motor

Vehicle Crash Facts, published by the Minnesota Department of Public

Safety, the number of truck-related fatalities dropped from 90 in 2007 to

74 in 2008.

The number of persons injured in truck-related crashes also went down,

dropping 18.3% during the same period.

"Preventing crashes is the number one priority of every professional truck

driver," said John Hausladen, president of the Minnesota Trucking

Association. "This data is welcome news and a real encouragement to our

on-going safety efforts. Most people don't realize that the safest drivers

on the road are truck drivers."

There were 287 fewer truck-related crashes in 2008 vs. 2007, representing a

reduction of 6.2%.

The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA) has advanced a number of safety

initiatives in recent years, including mandatory classroom and

behind-the-wheel instruction regarding how to share the road with big

trucks that was passed by the 2008 Minnesota Legislature. The MTA has been

a key partner in the state's Towards Zero Deaths initiative and actively

lobbied to pass the state's new primary seatbelt law. The organization has

also called for a national maximum 65 mile per hour speed limit for all

vehicles.

A complete copy of the report can be found at

http://www.dps.state.mn.us/OTS/crashdata/crash_facts.asp.

The MTA is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the

state's motor carrier industry since 1932. With almost 700 member

companies, the MTA is a powerful voice for the industry. Its mission is to

provide advocacy, information and services to ensure safe transportation

and a successful Minnesota trucking industry.

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