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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 02:22 PM

Senators Gillibrand and Rubio introduce bill to prevent truck underrides

Source: CBS News

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing ahead with a third try at legislation to mandate safety requirements for big rigs that have the potential to save hundreds of lives a year.

This morning, Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, and Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio will reintroduce the Stop Underrides Act for the third time. The bill would require guards on the sides and front of all new tractor trailers and update safety standards for underride guards on the rear of trucks to protect the drivers around them.

An underride crash can be devastating to people inside a passenger vehicle ó especially a sedan or sports car. It occurs when the car slides completely or partially under a large truck or a semi-trailer during a crash. In 2019 alone, more than 850 people died in crashes with the side or rear of a semi, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

IIHS estimates 80% of the nearly 7,000 deaths from crashes with the side or rear of a big rig involved some kind of underride where a car ends up under the semi or its trailer.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/senators-gillibrand-and-rubio-introduce-bill-to-prevent-truck-underrides/ar-BB1eeRTv?ocid=DELLDHP&li=BBnbfcL

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 02:47 PM

1. In Elizabeth, NJ there is a main road with a low railroad bridge. Plenty of signs and...

warnings, but maybe once a week a semi would nail it.

One day I passed a semi which whacked the bridge, and in the back was a little Toyota squished underneath. The Toyota driver never had a chance.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 10:34 PM

7. One of those in Melbourne, Au.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 07:34 PM

3. This is no-nonsense legislation. Why won't the Rs vote it?

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Response to LogicFirst (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 10:29 PM

6. FREEDOM!!!

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Response to LogicFirst (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 12:02 AM

10. Deplorable Neanderthals. nt

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Response to LogicFirst (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 12:24 AM

11. same reason...

...they won't wear masks and support insurrection,

...the love to see Americans die...

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Response to LogicFirst (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 01:13 AM

12. Because it costs "job creators" money.

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Response to LogicFirst (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 03:29 PM

17. The version in the last Congress was referred to a Committee where it seemed to stop

Rubio was the only Republican co-sponsor then:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/665/actions
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/665/cosponsors?searchResultViewType=expanded

so I guess the then chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and McConnell, have the main blame for killing it then. Hopefully this means it can get through this time (with Rubio in favour, it could even make it without a tiebreak vote from VP Harris).

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 09:53 PM

4. I just asked Sen. Gillibrand to amend the bill

School buses also need underride protection, and right now they donít have it.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 10:20 PM

5. Have there been similar crashes involving school buses ?

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Response to JI7 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 11:04 PM

8. There sure have

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 07:54 AM

13. Yep, as a CDL license holder myself

Iíve always wondered why school buses were exempt from the rear safety bars, just as dangerous as a semi trailer.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Mar 4, 2021, 11:48 PM

9. The original rear underside bars were called Mansfield bars

Jayne Mansfield we as killed in an underride accident.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 07:59 AM

14. I would like to see how they address the extra weight and cost

And if it will only apply to new trailers or all existing ones. It will definitely increase safety and save lives.

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Response to madville (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 01:01 PM

15. The cost and weight won't be that high...

It will also help fuel efficiency, because the manufacturer can attach a piece of sheet metal to the side underride bars and turn it into a fairing to duct air away from the axle carriage. Some trailers already have these, but the supporting structure is pretty flimsy.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Mar 5, 2021, 01:22 PM

16. Had a client who was decapitated when he ran his Jaguar under the rear of an 18 wheeler that

suddenly stopped in front of him.

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