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Regulations limit big rig driver time on the road for safety

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TYLER (KYTX) - Starting Monday, new federal regulations will limit the number of hours big rig truck drivers can spend on the road.

This new federal regulation has been in the works for 18 months. Now the US Department of Transportation hopes that with the change it will reduce driver accidents on the road.

Big rigs are big, loud and heavy.

"I have a concern that they may get out of the road and hit somebody," said Tyler driver and parent Jessica Gonzalez.
When she drives she's extra cautious.

"I make sure they have their seatbelts on, they're siting down they're quiet."

The Texas Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making it so that truckers will be limited to 70 hour driving weeks as opposed to their previous allowed 85 hour work week. it's being done to cut down on driver fatigue. They transportation department hopes the change will save at least 19 lives a year, prevent at least 1,400 crashes and 560 injuries.

Darrell Nunn own TMS Delivery Trucking company.   

 He said,"You really can't regulate fatigue, I can get in my vehicle and drive two hours and be fatigued." 

While fatigue may be a concern, other things should be looked at.

Truck drivers say they don't' think these federal regulations were made out of bad intentions but they hope the government would actually take a moment to look at better ways on educating the general public on safer ways to drive next to big trucks.
"How to drive around a big rig, how to follow it how to pass it how not to come in front of it," said Nunn.

Gonzalez says that's not too much to ask.


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