Column: To fight trucker fatigue, focus on economics, not electronics

Last month, after a tractor-trailer collided with a vehicle carrying actor Tracy Morgan and others, national attention focused — briefly — on the serious issue of fatigued truck drivers.

The truck’s driver, Kevin Roper, was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of comedian James McNair, one of the vehicle’s passengers, and prosecutors alleged Roper hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours.

But then an initial report from the National Transportation Safety Board said that Roper had been working for 13½ hours at the time of the crash, just within the legal limit of 14 hours on duty with no more than 11 hours behind the wheel.

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