Too sad, too many, too often…..
Yet another senseless big rig crash.
About 3 a.m. in Soperton, GA, on Interstate 16, a tractor trailer rear ends a small car and kills 3 young folks in their mid and late 20’s.
First, to rear end another vehicle, you *must* be going faster than they are, and on the interstate, that is pretty fast, or just inexcusably fast.
Second, on an interstate, clear weather, low traffic, plenty of time and visibility, you just don’t rear end other vehicles.
Unless you are tired, fatigued, distracted, poorly trained, forced to drive longer than you should, or all the above.
These deaths were completely avoidable.
The trucking company involved has the responsibility to ensure everyone in our communities that their drivers are safe and not doing any of the above dangerous activities.
Much of this problem can be controlled, and lives saved, if the trucking industry paid its drivers by the hour like the average worker, instead of by the mile. Give the drivers the confidence and the tools to drive safely by paying them enough so they can pull over and sleep when they are tired, just like you and I do. Otherwise, the incentive to break the rules in order to put food on their tables is too great, and the cause of the problem, and the solution, rests in the hands of the trucking companies. Only they can stop the carnage on our roads and solve the problem.