A controversial new law that went into effect last December, now requires the vast majority of commercial truck drivers to use what’s known as an electronic logging device.

The electronic logging device captures data while the person is operating the car. Electronic logging devices are synchronized with the engine of a truck automatically, making a tamper-proof way to ensure that drivers do not exceed federal regulations and limits about how long they can be on the road. Driving time is an essential component of whether or not a truck driver is sleepy or not. A driver who is drowsy or tired behind the wheel may fall asleep and cause critical sleeping accidents.

Many of these semi-truck accidents are associated with catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Drivers who have to commune a significant amount of time to get to work could increase their driving time, which isn’t being captured by current regulations. Sleeping accidents are much more dangerous when it’s a trucker who causes them, and the toll can be catastrophic. 

Some companies have already been making use of the electronic logging devices for some time, but others have been relying on pen and paper records and trusting the drivers to be factual about how much time they spend behind the wheel. These new electronic logging devices eliminate the possibility of any cheating and ensure that drivers only spend the right amount of time behind the wheel.

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