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Letter: Bigger freight trucks provide several benefits

Feb 06, 2019 at 09:04 AM CST

Allowing trucks to haul more freight would mean fewer vehicles on our highways, decreasing the probability of accidents. For instance, increasing the length of twin 28-foot trailers to 33 feet, which do not exceed current federal weight restrictions, would have meant 3.1 billion fewer vehicle miles traveled and 4,500 fewer truck crashes in 2014. In fact, a modest five-foot extension actually increases stability, making trucks less likely to roll over or jackknife.