Sleep Regulations In The Trucking Industry And The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving

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Sleep Regulations In The Trucking Industry And The Dangers Of Drowsy Driving

The highway crash that killed one person and injured comedian Tracy Morgan has revived the debate over trucker fatigue. Sleep regulations in the trucking industry and the dangers of drowsy driving.

Researchers say drowsiness is a factor in about 20 percent of all auto accidents. The New Jersey highway crash that killed one person and injured comedian Tracy Morgan has revived debate over trucker fatigue. Court papers allege the truck driver had not slept for more than 24 hours before he crashed into the Morgan vehicle. Just last week a bill was introduced in the Senate to loosen federal rules mandating more time for truckers to rest. Highway safety groups oppose the proposed change, which is backed by the trucking industry. Diane and her guests discuss sleep regulations for truckers and the dangers of drowsy driving.

Guests

Bill Graves

president and CEO, American Trucking Associations; former governor of Kansas.

Joan Lowy

transportation reporter, Associated Press.

Jeff Burns

national transportation counsel for Parents Against Tired Truckers.

David Dinges

professor, scientist and sleep expert at the University of Pennsylvania medical school.

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