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Illinois state troopers discuss trucker safety on Winnebago County highways
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:29 PM EDT
By Elliot Grandia
The dangers of tired driving gains attention after a semi-driver severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan on a New Jersey highway.
That driver reportedly hadn't slept in 24 hours.
This comes at a time when there's a push on the federal level to actually increase the actual time truckers are on the road.
Currently in Illinois, those driving commercial vehicles, like semi's, are allowed to drive up to 70 hours a week.
After that, they have to take a 34-hour break before their next week of driving.
That breaks down to 14-hour days.
Roughly 11 hours of that spent on the road, and the other three spent loading and unloading.
A proposed change to the federal regulation would increase the hours per week from 70 to 80.
Meiborg Inc., a Rockford trucking company, says an increase in hours means each driver would increase their productivity.
Already their drivers travel more than 3500 miles a week.
They admit, however, pushing drivers too much could be costly and dangerous.
Illinois state troopers say they will do anything they can to keep the roads safe from tired truck drivers.
"Our troopers can declare that driver out of service and make them park and then their company will come and send a driver who is fit to drive," Illinois State Master Sgt. Carl Heinz said.
"Or it it's a matter of hours of service in their logbook, then they can declare them out of service until those hours of rest are met."
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