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Truck driver fatigue leads to 5,000 fatal crashes every year

Louisiana motorists tend to assume that over-the-road truckers are all responsible professionals who pride themselves on driving safely. Most of them probably are, but many truckers put other motorists at risk by staying on the road when they are too tired to operate their rigs safely. Sometimes they do so because of pressure from their employer to make a delivery on time.

Being a distracted driver now goes beyond texting to apps

Drivers in Louisiana and across the country are frequently told how dangerous it is to be texting and driving. However, with the new features that smartphones possess, there is an increasing number of ways for these gadgets to distract drivers. Included is the growing use of apps.

How effective are roadside truck inspections in Louisiana?

An accident involving a semi truck and a car or pickup can result in serious injury, permanent disability or death for the people in the smaller vehicle. To reduce the risk of such collisions, federal trucking regulations require trucks to meet certain minimum safety requirements. In Louisiana, these regulations are enforced in part through a system of roadside inspections. The inspections are funded in part by grants from the federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program.

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