Drowsiness is a big problem in the trucking industry where operators want to get the most out of their drivers by getting them behind the wheel for many hours at a time. The government has attempted to cut the death toll from sleepy big rig drivers by enacting “hours of service” regulations. They are still flouted.
Drivers must by law take a 30-minute rest break in the first eight hours of their shift to help them stay awake. There were also requirements for a 34-hour rest period known as a “restart.” They are currently suspended. Critics believe the government has been influenced by the power of the trucking industry and these rules to protect road users from drowsy truckers are inadequate. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforces these hours of service regulations.
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