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February 2018 Archives

Trucking industry group seeks revised hours of service rules

The current hours of service regulations for truckers should be changed to allow drivers in Pennsylvania and around the country to split up their shifts with breaks lasting up to three hours. At least that's what the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association claims. The industry group has filed a petition requesting the change with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In addition, OOIDA is asking the federal agency to eliminate a 30-minute break that tractor-trailer drivers must currently take during their first eight hours on duty.

Pennsylvania hospital cited 5 times in 2017

Located approximately 90 miles west of Bensalem in the Pennsylvania heartland is Lebanon, home to Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. As reported in the Lebanon Daily News, last year the medical facility received five citations from state health officials related to the medical treatment (or lack thereof) that three separate patients received at the medical center. Two of those patients died as a result.

Insurance rates can be affected by smartphone use

In Pennsylvania, the threat posed by texting and driving is all too real. Distracted driving due to smartphone use can dramatically escalate the risk of a dangerous car accident, and insurance companies are taking the risk into account. One unit of a major insurance company is now tracking smartphone use inside the car for rate setting purposes, based on the level and type of use the phone has.

How to act around aggressive drivers

Aggressive drivers are unavoidable in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, so it's up to other drivers to not aggravate them even more and put everyone on the road at risk. The first step is to stay calm and not give in to road rage. Listening to soothing music could relieve stress, and thinking reasonable thoughts, such as how useless anger is in the present situation, can also help. Drivers must never make offensive gestures or eye contact with aggressive individuals behind the wheel.

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