New federal laws restrict drive time, increase breaks for truck drivers

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

 (KMOV) – The government is forcing truck drivers to take more breaks under federal rules that went into effect.

The new rules state that truck drivers must take a half hour break within their first eight hours on the road.

Their maximum driving hours for the week will be reduced from 82 to 70. The government says it’s all about safety and keeping drivers rested and alert.

News 4 dug into the latest crash reports from the Missouri Highway Patrol; in 2011inattentive driving was blamed for 10-percent of all deadly crashes involving trucks and 18-percent of all truck accidents. 

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