The bipartisan infrastructure bill included a big favor to the trucking industry.
A safety measure that industry groups have lobbied against might have made a crucial difference.
Illinois State Trooper Doug Balder nearly burned alive when a dozing truck driver rammed his squad car, and Congress is making it more likely similar accidents will happen to more Americans by relaxing regulations and weakening safety standards.
My husband and I are trying to put this recent escapade in the rearview mirror because my declaration comes with a bit of embarrassment: Yesterday, I had the "winning" score of 11 miles to go in my gas tank and 8 miles to the closest station.
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The Teamsters aren't sitting idly by on this issue. In fact, the union will be front-and-center demonstrating its opposition to allowing trucks to pull twin 33-foot trailers nationwide during a Capitol Hill media event Wednesday.
Car companies answer with an emphatic yes, of course.
As a lawyer, I feel we have a dual responsibility: certainly to seek the best possible result under the law and to utilize
It also seems safe to say most of us agree fidgeting with devices while we're behind the wheel is a pretty stupid thing to do. But many of us are still doing it; the knowledge of the danger doesn't seem to be overriding the desire to stay connected and entertained.