The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety just released their report cards for each state’s highway safety laws. They look at the adoption of sixteen highway safety laws on a state by state level and grade each state accordingly. While all of the laws work together to promote safe highway driving for everyone, not every state has adopted their specific sixteen in equal measure. See how safe your primary driving state, and know how any new adoptions impact you directly, here.
Which potential laws impact truckers directly?
Even though AHAS’s advocacy impacts all drivers, some of their sixteen laws, like those centered around young children and booster seats, don’t directly apply to the industry. These do:
Primary Enforcement of Seat Belts
There has been a growing demand for all front-seat passengers and drivers to wear their seat belts at all times. Primarily, this is for the passengers’ safety, since they minimize the risk of injury in the event of a collision. But they also help maintain focus and better driving. Driving without a seat belt makes drivers unsteadier, and it increases the likelihood of distracted drivers reaching over to grab something otherwise out of range.
All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction
Texting is revealing itself to be one of the greatest dangers on the road. Distracted driving causes thousands of fatalities, and texting is more distracting than any audio input. While carriers and companies may have individual policies restricting the use of smartphones during driving hours, more and more states are prohibiting it, as well.
Knowing which laws are enacted in your primary driving states, as well as once you cross state lines, makes your employees safer drivers. Not only can they better adhere to laws and regulations with frequent updates, they can be on the alert while in states with less legislation in place. If your drivers know they’re crossing into a state that hasn’t yet forbidden texting or teen cell phone restriction, they know to be more on the alert. Go to J.E.B. Insurance Services, LLC. to see if your safe driving policies and company policies can get you better insurance services. We provide commercial truck insurance in the states of Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska.