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Authorities on the lookout for tired drivers

Hours-of-service compliance was a major focus during the most recent International Roadcheck event conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Roughly 33,000 such violations were issued during the event in 2017. According to safety advocates, drivers in North Carolina may not be as effective behind the wheel if they are tired.

Electronic monitoring will make it easier to determine if a driver is in compliance with hours limits. If a driver is found to be in violation of those limits, he or she will be required to stop and rest. Other penalties such as a fine could be levied. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 157 fatal accidents caused by impaired drivers in 2016. Of those 157 crashes, 70 were caused by drivers who were tired or had fallen asleep.

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3 tips for staying safe around semis as a new driver

As a teen, you’ve been taught about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving for as long as you can remember. While adhering to these warnings is essential, it is equally as important that you understand other rules of the road, such as sharing it with 80,000-pound semis. One wrong maneuver can put you and other drivers in jeopardy. How can you stay safe?

Here are three tips for new drivers to take control and avoid a catastrophe with a semi.

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Report offers insight into large truck accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released its final 2016 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report. The final numbers went public in May 2018, which was about a year after preliminary data was released. According to the report, large truck fatal crashes were up 3 percent over the previous year. There was no North Carolina-specific information released. While the number of fatal large truck crashes increased, the large-truck involvement rate remained steady.

This rate measures how many such vehicles were involved in a fatal accident for every 100 million miles they traveled. To qualify as a large truck, a vehicle must have a gross weight rating of over 10,000 pounds. The majority of these accidents occurred on weekdays, and over one-third of such crashes occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Furthermore, 61 percent of large truck fatal accidents took place on rural roads with another 15 percent taking place on interstates that were located in rural areas.

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