FDOT Cracks Down On Drowsy Drivers

By: Ashley Mitchem Email
By: Ashley Mitchem Email

State officials are cracking down on commercial drives who drive drowsy. The goal of these inspections is to make sure commercial drivers are logging their time on and off the road.

It's called Roadcheck 2011. Josie West knows firsthand the tragedies that can happen when a person drives drowsy.

"We want them to think twice before they get behind the wheel, you know it's now summertime, and people are traveling, so if you see a rest stop, pull over. Think twice."

West's 8-year-old niece Ronshay Dugans died in an accident involving a restless driver. Marchuan Andrews was driving the cement truck that crashed into Ronshay's school bus.

The Florida Department of Transportation says driver fatigue is a common factor in many commerical truck and bus crashes.

Robert Rooney has been driving semi trucks for six years. Rooney says, "It doesn't take very long to wreck one of those, one slight drift off the road it's in the woods or you could kill someone going across traffic."

FDOT requires drivers to log their sleeping hours. If a log indicates a driver didn't get eight hours of sleep before their shift, the driver will have to fork over up to a hundred dollars in fines.

They'll also have to hand over their keys for up to ten hours. On Monday, officers expect to release the number of citations they issued in the three day sting.

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