Truck drivers driving longer and dozing at wheel more under new hours of service rules

According a survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, truck drivers are driving longer hours and dozing off behind the wheel more often since new U.S. hours-of-service rules went into effect in January 2004. The new rule lengthens the mandatory rest period by two hours but lets drivers stay on the road an extra hour every day. See Today’s Trucking article.

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