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Trucks to get 11th hour

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing a rules change to let truck drives drive 11 straight hours. Ten hours is the current rule. This should alarm Summit County residents.

In a case of backward logic, the administration thinks the rules change will reduce driver fatigue, a chief cause of accidents. The hitch is that after 11 hours, truckers would be forced to rest for 10 hours between shifts, rather than the eight hours now required.

Interstate 70 is a major local commuter road as well as an important national east-west link. It scares us that we might face drivers in their 11th hour, or more, if you believe that log books, kept on the honor system, are easily falsified.

Think about this the next time a multi-ton land missile is bearing down on your rear bumper.

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