Recently, Virginia Tech, SmartDrive, and subcontractors from Washington
State University were awarded a $2.5 million contract from the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the United States Department of
Transportation. With this money, the group will study a flexible hours-of-safety
provision, which permits big-rig truck drivers to split their mandatory
sleep period into shorter segments.
As of now, commercial truck drivers are required to record no less than
10 hours of consecutive-off-duty hours before driving again. These mandated
amounts of off-duty time are designed to prevent fatigued truck drivers
from getting behind the wheel.
To conduct the study, researchers will gather 200 truck drivers who regularly
sleep in berths located inside their commercial vehicles. While the truck
drivers are behind the wheel, video monitoring systems provided by SmartDrive
will record the drivers’ behaviors. In addition, each driver will
wear an activity monitor on their wrist, which will provide information
about the big-rig’s sleep patterns.
The study seeks to provide information on the following:
- Roadside violations
- Driver fatigue
The foundations hope to use this project to prove to the FMCSA that this
change may affect the safety and lives of other drivers throughout the nation.
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