Kansas City Star: Bigger, heavier ‘Twin 33’ trucks would make Kansas highways more dangerous

“Heavier trucks would also mean that we would be mingling passenger cars with commercial vehicles that have been proven to have crash rates anywhere from 47% to a shocking 400% higher than current weights, according to a 2015 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This legislation would bring that heightened risk to every state in the union, including Kansas.

The study found a number of other issues with the proposed Twin 33s, but one data point that sticks out in my mind is their longer stopping distance: It would require another 22 feet for one of these longer trucks to come to a complete stop, compared with the “Double 28s” that are allowed today. We all know that 22 additional feet could be the difference between a near miss and a devastating rear-end collision.”

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