The House and Senate have been desperately trying to force the U.S. Department of Transportation to push a final rule on the testing of sleep apnea in truck drivers. Representative Albio Sires sums it up by saying it would, “Require the Secretary of Transportation to publish a final rule to provide for the screening, testing, and treatment for sleep disorders of individuals operating commercial vehicles.” Many people have been unsure whether or not this testing is necessary and wondered if maybe it is discriminatory, also.
The reason why this is being taken seriously is because more than 18 million Americans are thought to suffer from sleep apnea. With this being considered, a large percentage of truck drivers could be sufferers, putting themselves and other drivers at risk if they were to fall asleep at the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that sleep apnea can have a huge impact on your driving. It affects your alertness and performance during the day. It can make it difficult for you to focus while you are driving, and puts you at an extreme risk of being involved in a fatigue-related motor vehicle crash.
Treating Drivers with Sleep Apnea
Truck drivers with sleep apnea can still continue to drive when they have been diagnosed and are receiving treatment. A person with this diagnosis, who may have an effect on their driver, could regain their “medically-qualified-to-drive” status because it can be treated so successfully. Because so many truck accidents happen every year, this is of utmost importance for the health and safety of everyone on our roadways.
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