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Schumer Pushes Plan to Enforce Truck Driver Rest Rules

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Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.

Schumer says the U.S. Transportation Department should require black boxes in trucks to log drivers' hours behind the wheel.

He's also calling for an increase in the amount of insurance coverage trucking companies are required to carry.

It comes on the heels of last weekend's crash involving actor and comedian Tracy Morgan.

Schumer says fatigue likely played a role in the accident, which killed comedian James McNair and left Morgan in critical condition.

"The companies or the drivers or both skirt the rules when it comes to the amount sleep and off-time a driver must have. The current paper-based logbook system is subject to easy falsification and manipulation. So we need rules that set a level playing field and don't give a competitive disadvantage to the companies that comply with the rules voluntarily," Schumer said.

Walmart driver Kevin Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of death by auto and assault by auto in connection with the accident.

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