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(CBS) Senator Dianne Feinstein, like thousands of CBS 2 and KCAL 9 viewers, was incredibly moved by Pat Harvey's exclusive report about the Coble family tragedy and their efforts to help reform the trucking industry.
In a letter to John H. Hill, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Senator Feinstein Thursday highlighted the risk of long-distance truck driver fatigue and requested information about current efforts to address this growing problem.
The following is the text of Senator Feinstein's letter given to CBS 2 and KCAL 9:
November 15, 2007
Mr. John H. Hill
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
United States Department of Transportation
On May 4, a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a minivan on Interstate 5 in
These devastating crashes in
I am concerned that your regulations to reduce long-distance truck driver fatigue are failing. The regulations, which require truck drivers to record their hours in written logbooks, continue to tempt drivers to falsify their books. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about a third of drivers admit to often or sometimes omitting hours from their log books. Perhaps more alarming, the Institute reports the percentage of drivers who reported dozing at the wheel at least once during the past month rose from 13 percent in 2003 to 21 percent in 2005.
With the log book system failing and driver fatigue increasing, it seems like common sense to require onboard computers that automatically record when a truck is driven. I understand that
In 2000, your agency published a proposal to require these devices as part of a broader rulemaking, but dropped the proposal before the rules took effect in 2004. Considering the recent tragedies in
I would appreciate your thoughtful response to the following questions.
I look forward to working with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to improve highway safety.
United States Senator