to figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
the trucking industry recorded its best highway safety improvement
in nearly a decade.
the number of truck-involved crash fatalities dropped below 5,000
for the first time since 1995. The 2002 toll of 4,897 fatalities
marks a 4.2 percent decline from the 2001 figure.
the drop in truck-related highway deaths came as overall traffic
fatalities in the U.S. increased from 42,196 in 2001 to 42,815 in
2002. Alcohol-related deaths, motorcycle fatalities and young driver
deaths each showed an increase.