2002 as the fifth consecutive year for decreases in large truck-related
traffic fatalities, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
applauded America's truckdrivers for their continuing efforts
to improve safety on the nation's highways.
is an essential component of our American economy, and we greatly
appreciate the attention to safety and professionalism of the
10 million drivers working in the industry," Secretary Mineta
to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation
Statistics, trucks haul 60 percent of the nation's domestic freight
as measured by weight and 62 percent as measured by value. The
industry's contribution to the gross domestic product is more
than $240 billion, including both for-hire and private trucking
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced last month
that for the fifth consecutive year, fatalities in truck-related
crashes decreased in 2002. The total number of people killed in
truck-related crashes in 2002 was 4,897, compared with 5,111 people
in 2001 – a 4.2 percent decline.
are saving lives by working together with commercial motor vehicle
drivers and the rest of our industry partners to improve safety,
the Bush administration's highest transportation priority,"
FMCSA Administrator Annette M. Sandberg said.
FMCSA's safety goal is to reduce the large truck fatality rate
by 41 percent from 1996 to 2008. This reduction translates
into a rate of 1.65 fatalities in truck crashes per 100 million
miles of truck travel.