Driver Fatigue: NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman Explains


The Department of Transportation reports that fatigue is a contributing factor in around a third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, research by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that 52% of 107 commercial truck accidents involving only that vehicle were caused by truck driver fatigue.

The problem with driving fatigue is that there are no scientific tests to determine whether one is too tired to be behind the wheel, as opposed to the tests used to determine impairment for drug use or alcohol consumption.

Currently, setting up procedures to prevent fatigue (HOS) and depending upon self-testing remain the only tools against driver fatigue. Therefore, employers and drivers must continue to work hard to get fatigued drivers off the road for safer transportation.

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