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Democrats propose sleep apnea legislation to force DOT to act

Because sleep apnea causes higher risks of trucking accidents in Missouri and around the country, the Department of Transportation worked on a sleep apnea rule throughout 2016. With the new administration's anti-regulatory approach, however, the DOT announced in August that it was withdrawing the rule. Democrats in both the House and Senate have reacted by proposing bills that would force the DOT to act.

Car drivers are to blame for most truck accidents

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 5,000 road users are killed around the country each year in truck accidents. Missouri media outlets often cover these accidents when many lives have been lost and distracted, tired or intoxicated truck drivers have been blamed, but the data suggests that it is passenger vehicle drivers who are more likely to be responsible. The DOT data reveals that about 70 percent of the crashes involving large trucks each year are caused by reckless or negligent car drivers.

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