ALBANY, N.Y. – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says 13-percent of serious crashes are caused by trucker fatigue, which has one New York Senator working to keep the roads safer.
Senator Chuck Schumer says the truck accidents happen too often, and he is calling on the Department of Transportation to keep exhausted truck drivers off the road.
Schumer wants to see a federal agency to mandate black boxes for trucks, similar to the ones used in airplanes.
“This thing is an 80,000 pound bullet,” said driver Kai Goberish.
Truck drivers like Goberish have a dangerous job.
“I’ve seen a lot of things out on the road and quite frankly, I’ve seen some horrible accidents and some could have been avoided,” he explained.
Schumer says truck accidents caused by driver fatigue happen too often.
Earlier this month, a deadly crash involving comedian Tracy Morgan and three other people has forced Schumer to act.
“Companies or their drivers or both skirt the rules, when it comes to the amount of sleep and off time a driver must have,” said Schumer.
The Senator is calling for a requirement of black boxes or “E-Logs” in every truck.
Goberish says he used to run paper logs, but new technology makes the roads safer.
“It makes it easy and makes it where you know you’ll be able to get home and see your family,” said Goberish.
Schumer said the “E-Logs” are backed by the trucking industry but called on the industry to mandate the new logs by the end of summer so drivers don’t go over time. He’s also calling to raise the insurance coverage for trucking companies so they have a higher liability in driver fatigue accidents.