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Safety officials want electronic logs for truck drivers

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Amarillo, TX - A new rule may soon help keep drivers safer on the highways. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing truck drivers trade in their paper log books for electronic logging devices, claiming this will prevent accidents caused by fatigue. 

Once the truck driver starts the engine, this electronic device logs in the driver, allowing corporate to monitor everything. "We can go in and look in the computer and see where the truck is at and see a map and see what the situation." says Mark Davis, President of Jack B Kelley Inc.

The ELD will also make inspections go by a lot smoother with less paper work. "Paper logs, you know, they enter their information manually, just hand written to keep track of their hours of service and so there's the potential of making mistakes on the logs or we even use to say "fudging" the logs, you know showing that they have more time to work then they actually did." says Davis

Federal rules limit truckers from driving more than 11 hours out of the 14 hours they work. And they have to take a 10 hour break before driving again. 

The Vice President of Safety at Jack B Kelley says monitoring the truckers will help keep everyone on the road safer. "A fatigue driver is an unsafe driver and we want to make sure they get proper rest everyday." says Lee Drury, VP of Safety

And the electronic device can help with that, it gives off a warning to the trucker to take a break soon. "One hour before he has to take a mandatory break or one hour before he is exceeding his driving time or one hour before he exceeds the total 14 hour work day." says Drury

Safety officials analysis show the ELD's will prevent approximately 20 fatalities each year. Federal officials expect to announce the new rule by the beginning of next year.

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