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Administration moves to ease drive-time rules for truckers

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The U.S. Transportation Department is moving to relax its “hours of service” rules for truckers, a long sought goal of the trucking industry.

Current regulations limit truck drivers to 11 hours on the road per day.

According to a May report issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 4,657 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2017, a 10% increase from the year before. It’s unclear how many accidents were due to driver fatigue.

Read more from The Associated Press.

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A 10% increase in fatal crashes involving large trucks does not mean the large trucks were at fault. The "go-to-move" is to assume driver fatigue. The fatal accidents could have been due to a teenage driver texting or other distracted motorist who could caused the accident.

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