Virginia Tech to study truck driver safety

By Bethany Teague - Reporter
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BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - Virginia Tech is preparing to launch a study that could impact truck drivers and everyone around them on the road.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute just won a $2.5 million contract to look at sleeping patterns and regulations for commercial truckers.

Federal law requires drivers to log ten consecutive off-duty hours to prevent sleepy driving.

Many drivers have called for more flexibility. That is what they will get during this study, as they will use a "sleep when they are sleepy" strategy.

Researchers will then measure road violations, crashes and fatigue.

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