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Attempts to cut truck driver fatigue face legal challenge

For drivers on the roads in Georgia, accidents caused by truck driver fatigue can be a major highway safety concern. The large mass and size of 18-wheelers and semi-trucks mean that a trucking accident can easily cause severe injuries, major property damage and even death. One significant cause of fatigue in truck drivers is sleep apnea, a disorder that prevents sufferers from receiving a full night's sleep without treatment due to interrupted breathing.

Independent truckers plan protest of electronic logging mandate

Many truck drivers in Georgia are independent contractors while others work as employees for companies. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is about to require that all truck drivers across the country install electronic logging devices in their trucks, but independent truckers are protesting this move as an invasion of their privacy.

How truckers' drug arrests go unnoticed by employers

The opioid crisis has impacted commercial truck drivers across Georgia and the U.S. Some drivers who are addicted to legal prescription drugs like Oxycontin eventually turn to illegal drugs like heroin. This has led to documented drug-related truck accidents. To make matters worse, many trucking companies don't realize that a driver has been arrested for drug charges until it's too late.

AAA studies benefits of four truck safety devices

Drivers in Georgia, as anywhere else, will probably admit to feelings of discomfort when driving around commercial trucks. However, four safety technologies could do a lot to lessen that uneasiness if trucking companies decide to install them. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has published a study measuring the benefits of these devices.

Unhealthy truckers could make the roads less safe in Georgia

Investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine have studied the medical records and crash histories of 49,464 commercial truck drivers in the effort to measure their safety on the road. The results, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, have shown that drivers with three or more health conditions are at least twice as likely to get in an accident. This should be of concern to trucking companies in Georgia and across the U.S.

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