Drowsy Driving: A Wake Up Call for Fleets

Mike Sheldrick writes in the arti­cle Fatal Crash Focus­es Nation­al Atten­tion on Drowsy Dri­ving, “The recent injury to come­di­an Tra­cy Mor­gan and the death of Jim­my Mack, a fel­low pas­sen­ger, after a col­li­sion on the NJ Turn­pike has focused nation­al atten­tion on the prob­lem of drowsy dri­ving. About time.” The dri­ver of the vehi­cle caus­ing the crash had gone with­out sleep for 24 hours before the crash.

Iron­i­cal­ly, sev­er­al days before the crash, led by Susan Collins, R-ME, the Sen­ate Appro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee vot­ed to roll­back a DOT reg­u­la­tion that requires truck dri­vers to take at least 34 hours off after work­ing 60 hours in sev­en con­sec­u­tive days, or 70 hours in eight days.

Sheldrick says, “To be sure, falling asleep at the wheel is the extreme, but there is a broad spec­trum, from ‘brain fog’ to actu­al­ly falling asleep. It is impaired dri­ving, along with dis­tract­ed dri­ving.”

Clear­ly, this is a sub­ject of vital impor­tance to fleet safe­ty. Don’t miss Sheldrick’s inci­sive arti­cle appear­ing this week in Fleet Safe­ty.

Jan­ice Sut­ton
Exec­u­tive Edi­tor

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