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New restrictions on truckers' time behind the wheel

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BATON ROUGE - New regulations are putting the brakes on the amount of hours a trucker can drive each week.

The restrictions went into effect Monday, reducing the time a trucker could drive from 82 hours a week to 70. Another requirement is that drivers have to take a 34-hour rest period at least once a week.

Truckers aren't happy with the new rules. Some feel it will cut down on their delivery time and money.

"It's very frustrating. It's difficult to try to schedule yourself around the appointment windows that you have and your schedule time of driving you're allowed," said drive Anderson Kahochaiche.

The rule was put into place by the The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in an effort to make the roads safer and cut down on wrecks caused by drivers falling asleep.

If truckers are caught breaking the rules, they could be fined up to $11,000.



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