Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Truck driving while disabled: 'Major public safety problem'

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution comes news that thousands of drivers hold commercial licenses even though they also qualify for full federal disability payments.

From the article:

"The problems threatening highway travelers persist despite years of government warnings and hundreds of deaths and injuries blamed on commercial truck and bus drivers who blacked out, collapsed or suffered major health problems behind the wheels of vehicles that can weigh 40 tons or more. Georgia is among 12 states where drivers are sanctioned most often for violating medical rules."

The eye opener quote: "We have a major public safety problem, and we haven't corrected it," - says Gerald Donaldson. Donaldso is a director at the Washington-based Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

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