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In 2018, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 10,511 people lost their lives in collisions involving drunk driving as compared with 10,908 in 2017, representing a 3.6% decrease.

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43% of Commercial Trucks Now Using Cleaner Diesel Tech

Of the 11 million diesel-powered commercial (Class 3-8) vehicles on the road, new research from the Diesel Technology Forum shows that 43% are now using cleaner burning technology, including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and particulate control.

Pickups Still a Weighty Crash Concern

Recent research shows better crash compatibility between cars and today's SUVs offers some protection for drivers, but pickups still represent an outsize danger when they collide with cars — and the weight imbalance is probably the reason.

Commercial Fleet Sales Bounce in July

Commercial fleet sales rebounded in July with a 29.8% increase to 66,909 from a year ago. Sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs paced the gain, while sales of cars again saw a heavy decline, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Top Commercial Truck Tire Sizes Identified

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association has identified the top original-equipment manufacturer and aftermarket tire sizes in its latest fact book that covers the 2018 calendar year.

Roadway Fatalities Remained Steady in 2018

Roadway fatalities in the U.S. dipped slightly in 2018 to approximately 40,000, representing just a 1% decrease from 2017 and 2016, when 40,231 and 40,327 people were killed in motor vehicles crashes, respectively.

Telematics Market Expected to See Explosive Near-Term Growth

Commercial fleet adoption of telematics systems is expected to continue its torrid growth trajectory and increase to 20 million units in three years from the current 13 million units due to the increasing popularity of video-based driver management products and other solutions, according to a leading industry analyst.

Light-Duty Diesel Sales Reach 500,000+ in 2018

Sales of light-duty vehicles equipped with diesel engines crossed 500,000 in 2018 partly driven by a 12.5% gain among heavy-duty pickups, according to a leading diesel advocacy group.