Skagit River Bridge Collapse Leads To Additional Enforcement & Scrutiny
Recently reopened with a temporary replacement span in place, the Skagit River Bridge on I-5 is now subject to a 40 MPH speed limit, which is being strictly enforced by the Washington State Patrol. The temporary bridge spans are typically not used for high-speed traffic and are too narrow for full-width lanes/shoulders, requiring the slower speed limit.
Shortly after the bridge collapse on I-5, local officials increased scrutiny of 11 similarly-designed bridges on King County roads.
CSA Crash Enforcement Unfair To Small Carriers?
Commercial Carrier Journal’s Todd Dills examines some of the flaws in CSA, where enforcement action isn’t matching up to the data.
“The largest truck fleets show crash rates well above that of one-truck carriers, yet the megafleet trucks and drivers are inspected at only a fourth of the rate of the single-truck operations,” according to Commercial Carrier Journal and Overdrive’s analysis of federal data. “Single-truck independent drivers are 3.5 times more likely to be put out of service than drivers for carriers with 500 or more trucks.”