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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will ramp up enforcement activity starting Sunday for its annual Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement blitz.

From Oct. 16 to Oct. 22, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving by both commercial motor vehicle drivers and car drivers.

CVSA says the Operation Safe Driver program was created to help reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths involving trucks, buses and cars due to unsafe driving behaviors. During the week, there will be increased traffic enforcement for both cars and trucks.

Specifically, CVSA says law enforcement will be looking for speeding, failure to use a seat belt, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, following too closely, improper lane change and more.

During the 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week, more than 21,000 vehicles, including trucks and cars, were pulled over, and more than 19,000 roadside inspections were conducted on commercial vehicles. 

The top five warnings and citations given to commercial drivers:

  • Size and weight
  • Speeding
  • Failure to use seat belt
  • Failure to obey traffic control device
  • Using a handheld phone

Eight public anti-tobacco groups are suing the government to require graphic and grotesque warning labels on packs of cigarettes.

This week, eight public health groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S Food and Drug Administration to force the government to require graphic warning labels on packs of cigarettes.

The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 4 in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative and several individual pediatricians.

The big picture from the 23rd annual West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference was that things aren't as bad in West Virginia as they could have been, following the nation's recession, and they should be getting a little better, especially in the North-Central and Eastern Panhandle regions.

The Outlook was presented Oct. 4 in Charleston by the West Virginia University Bureau of Bureau of Business and Economic Research, which operates within the College of Business and Economics.

Projections were for the construction, natural gas and service industries to lead West Virginia's economy during the next five years, but the state's older, unhealthy and low-participating workforce would drag down significant economic advancement.

BBER Director John Deskins began the presentation by talking about energy, which he said was a slight diversion from his usual presentations.

In his first State of the Industry Address, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear made a case for industry unity and called on ATA to move forward and lead on a host of issues, ranging from autonomous vehicle technology to funding the nation’s infrastructure, despite gridlock and other challenges facing the industry.
 
“The story of trucking is the story of America,” Spear said. “We work hard. Together we move nearly 70% of our nation’s freight. As one, we are the backbone of our economy and a pillar of our nation’s security. We are each leaders; ambassadors of our trade. United, we are the trucking industry. Telling our story matters, but telling it together matters more.”


The West Virginia Trucking Association elected its 2016-2018 slate of officers during the organization’s annual meeting in September.  The full slate of officers include:

Chairman
John Burns
Burns Motor Freight
Marlinton, WV

First Vice Chairman
Aaron Stowers
Stowers Trucking
Hamlin, WV

Second Vice Chairman
James Murphy
Walmart Transportation
Grove City, OH

Secretary/Treasurer
Bryan Christian
Pilot Thomas Logistics
Nitro, WV

Immediate Past Chairman
Daniel Harmon
XPO Logistics
Belle, WV

President
Jan Vineyard
Charleston, WV

The West Virginia Trucking Association represents trucking companies, private fleet operators, industry suppliers, and other firms and individuals interested in the well-being of trucking at the local, state and national level.

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