Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

It's been a few days since I've posted. I feel like I've been pulled in 20 different directions, so it's time to get down to business.

There's been so much going on in trucking these days. A major issue has been the happening in the state of Virginia. Without getting into it, because there are plenty of blogs that have, basically Va is depriving Truckers their right to take their rest. Because of the lack of parking in the state, drivers are forced to stop and rest at various locations and law enforcement is told to wake them up and make them drive.... illegally. Now, the state is breaking Federal Law by doing this
( FMCSA) and there is a big discussion going on about it this very moment. Read more here.

Now, what I'd like to talk about is the sleep the drivers are being deprived and the effects of it.
First and most obvious is the driver is effected. His/her attention and ability to concentrate is greatly altered. The ability to respond as quickly will also be effected, and finally what about the chance of falling asleep at the wheel?
That's why there is the Federal law stating that a driver MUST rest after 11 hours of driving.
Virginia, are you listening! That includes law enforcement!

Now, we must consider the others on the road while these 18 wheel 35,000-80,000 lb rigs are rolling down the road at 55+ miles/hr.
How safe do you think it is for the rest of the drivers on the road? To me it's about as bad as having a "buzzed" driver on the road.

My concern is this, what will it take to get Virginia and any other state to come to their senses?

What I really want to know is how do people sleep at night enforcing such laws?

Are you concerned? If so, make a call. If enough people call and "hound them" there will be change.

The FMCSA regulations being violated is Part 355

Governor’s Office
Tim Kaine

VA DMV/Motor Carrier Services
MSCAP Administrator

Secretary of Public Safety
Ms. Hazelgrove

Secretary of Transportation
Ms. Evelyn Shelton or Ms. Melony Roberts

Drivers, in the meantime my suggestion to you is this....avoid Virginia!
Don't spend a dime there or a minute more than you have to there.
If the state starts losing money they'll change their tune.
It's all about money folks! How sad.

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