WABC in New York reports that an East Harlem crossing guard has been suspended after a tractor-trailer struck and killed a 6 year old boy as he walked to school with his 10 year old brother.  The tragic accident reportedly occurred around 8:00 am at the corner of East 117th Street and First Avenue, where the crossing guard in question is generally stationed.  Crossing guards are allowed short breaks but must log in the times they leave and return, however the guard was not present at the time of the incident and she had not logged her whereabouts in accordance with standard procedure
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The trucking industry is a VERY BIG business in the United States.

What does this have to do with the risks tractor trailers present to us?  
Simple: The pursuit of profit is what motivates big businesses, including the trucking industry. Safe practices cost money and manpower to implement. While cutting safety programs and manpower may increase profits, when big trucking companies cut back on safety, we all lose.


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