Sleep Issues Common Among Commercial Truckers: Truck Driver Fatigue
Truck drivers are the heart and soul of this great country of ours. Yet they get tired as they drive just like the rest of us. Too often, many trucking companies push their drivers to the limit with unrealistic time schedules. The truckers, on their behalf, do what they have to do in order to deliver their loads. They are hardworking, loyal employees who will push their own physical limits in order to accomplish their mission and in reality, keep their jobs. Yet, fatigue always wins and tragedies ensue.
Preventing Sleep Deprived Driving for Commercial Truck Drivers
Amazingly, the Trump administration’s Transportation Department is now moving to ease the drive time rules on truckers that protect the general public. Fatal crashes involving trucks weighing more than 80,000.00 pounds have increased over the past years. There were 4,657 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2017! That is a 10% increase from 2016. 60% of the truckers involved in these fatal accidents were asleep or fatigued. Fatigued driving is a pervasive problem in the trucking industry. A study has shown that 13% of all truckers involved in accidents were fatigued.
Considering the above statistics and facts, is now the time to ease the time limit restrictions on truck drivers? These regulations serve a valuable purpose: to protect the public. We have to make sure that the almighty dollar does not always win out when we are talking about life changing injuries or life and death. Let’s put safety over profits for a change.
For more information on this topic, see Richard Lardner of the Associated Press article from July of 2019 found here: https://www.apnews.com/5cf6c7d728b44834bea7f2ebf5121088
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