Most truck drivers are good people who are concerned with highway safety. But as in all other lines of work, there are some who break the rules and make their peers look bad. One of the most common safety regulations broken in trucking is the rule restricting the hours a truck driver can drive and work in a 24-hour period: they can, at most, drive 11 hours during a maximum 14-hour workday.
As Joplin residents know, truckers who exceed those limits can wind up dangerously fatigued, posing a menace behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle moving at highway speeds. Next door to Missouri, a 51-year-old man faces criminal charges in a truck crash that killed four people and left four others injured.