New Laws for Truck Drivers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/4/04

New Laws for Truck Drivers

A new law went into effect Sunday for truck drivers, and it's supposed to make highways safer.

Truckers will get to stay on the highways for an extra hour every day, but in return, they must rest for a total of 10 hours in between shifts. But the truckers NewsChannel 11 spoke to in Lubbock say the are used to the long hours on the road.

"I'm used to driving that much, but you know it's life. That's how it is in the business," says Anthony Dixon.

"I get enough sleep just in different patterns. I can't sleep 10 hours solid," says Ron Denner.

The new rules are designed to save lives and cut the number of collisions due to driver fatigue. This is the first major change to trucking rules in 60 years.

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