The 2022 Northeast Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit: Advancing Technology to Prevent Truck & Bus Crashes was held October 25-26 in Providence, Rhode Island with over 170 participants. Each of the Eastern Service Center (ESC) region, states and territories were represented with representation varying from one to 20 participants per state. The Summit offered 34 presentations that encouraged open discussion and collaboration between both presenters and attendees.

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2022 Northeast Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit: Advancing Technology to Prevent Truck & Bus Crashes


Day 1 - October 25, 2022

    Plenary Panel - Emerging Trends and Challenges in CMV Safety

    The only constant in truck and bus safety is change. As new challenges arise, stakeholders in the field are tasked to implement solutions, often through the use of innovative technologies, to ensure the safety of drivers, roadway workers, law enforcement, and the public at large. In this opening plenary session, panelists from key agencies engaged the audience in active discussion, identifying the greatest safety risks, as well as aligning and prioritizing future technologies.

    Concurrent Session A: Carrier Spotlight - Safety & Compliance

    When it comes to safety and compliance, establishing well-rounded policies is only half the solution. How do companies ensure their drivers comply with these policies? Representatives from three motor carriers and one compliance technology developer discussed their best practices for ensuring their workforce, vehicles, and records are compliant with state and federal regulations.

    Concurrent Session B: CDL Driver Behavior

    We can outfit vehicles with collision avoidance technologies, in-vehicle warning, and other safety features, but for the foreseeable future, a safe roadway will still be determined in part by driver behavior. This session explored the various factors that result in drivers engaging in risky behavior, as well as ways to change those behaviors and community norms.

    Luncheon Keynote

    Plenary Panel: Automated Commercial Vehicles - Ready for the Road?

    • Overview - Missy Cummings, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Duke University (Presentation not available)
    • FMCSA Automated CMV Update - Robert Kreeb, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    • Aurora Analyst & Investor Presentation - Melissa Froelich, Aurora
    • Racing Toward an Autonomous Future - Rhonda Stricklin, Alabama Transportation Institute, University of Alabama

    Concurrent Session C: Truck Parking Technologies

    Without safe and reliable parking for heavy vehicles, the likelihood of drivers operating while exhausted or distracted increases, along with their likelihood of a crash, resulting in a greater safety risk for all road users. This session explored how various methods and technologies are being used to provide drivers with safer parking options, as well as ways to improve the overall workplace safety culture.

    Concurrent Session D: Innovative Enforcement Tools

    Commercial vehicle enforcement deals with a wide range of violations beyond speeding and licensing. Speakers shared their inside perspectives on automated CMV inspections, oversize/overweight permitting, overhead behavior detection tools, and human trafficking.

    Day 2 - October 26, 2022

    Plenary Session: The High-Way - The Ongoing Challenges of Impaired Driving

    While impaired driving affects all aspects of highway safety, in the realm of commercial drivers, there can be no stone left unturned. An average fatal crash can result in over $14 million in comprehensive costs, including lost wages, property damage, and quality-adjusted life years, all of which are exacerbated by the additional emissions, time-delay and catastrophic damage costs tied to large trucks and buses. Here, panelists discussed the ongoing challenges to changing social norms around impairment, the variances in recreational drug trends by state, and potential improvements for enforcement activities to better protect those traversing our roadways.

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    • Darrin Grondel, Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
    • Brian Swift, National Association to Stop Impaired Driving

    Concurrent Session E: Work Zone Safety Navigation

    Humans are creatures of habit, and when roadway configurations are altered to temporarily accommodate construction or emergency sites, drivers must be able to recognize the desired travel paths and adjust their routing seamlessly. In 2020, 28% of all work zone fatalities were CMV-involved, resulting in 244 lives lost. In this session, speakers shared their specific tools for curbing driver distraction and providing work zone alerts.

    Concurrent Session F: How Technology in our Courts is a Vital Tool in Reducing Masking

    A violation is a violation, no matter what vehicle you are driving, or which license class is authorized. Because "one driver, one license" has yet to become a reality, other methods have emerged to prevent "masking" - the practice of avoiding commercial vehicle citations through plea bargain or enrollment in diversion programs - at state and federal levels. This session will explore the methods used to ensure habitually unsafe drivers are prevented from operating heavy trucks and buses.

    Luncheon Keynote

    This material is based upon work supported by the FMCSA under a cooperative agreement, FM-MHP-0551-20-01-00



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