The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Highway Safety:
Wrong Way!

Oct 12, 2009

President Obama said that he, unlike Bush, would keep company lobbyists out of high government positions.

Maybe he thinks the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a low position?

Obama nominated Anne Ferro to head this trucking-safety agency. For the past six years Anne Ferro has been the president of the Maryland chapter of the American Trucking Association. She pushed the trucking companies’ program of lengthening the hours per day that companies can force drivers to stay on the road.

A dramatic example of driver fatigue was a crash on an Oklahoma turnpike last June. A semi plowed into a line of stopped cars. Ten people were killed. The semi driver, 76-year-old Donald Creed, did not see the cars. He did not brake. He had worked 10 hours straight, delivering groceries in the June Oklahoma heat.

Five months before this, Anne Ferro had written a letter to the Baltimore Sun, defending the Bush Administration’s weakening of driver-fatigue regulations. Now, she is nominated to be in charge of trucking safety regulations!

One more example of how government is there to make sure business gets its way. Safety be damned.