Illinois State Police have joined their counterparts in a dozen other states for a massive public safety initiative this weekend.
There have been a string of fatal truck accidents in the Chicago area caused by drivers who were charged with falsifying their driving logs and were apparently too tired to drive safely.
Federal rules limit truckers from driving more than 11 of the 14 consecutive hours they work. They have to take a ten hour break before driving again.
Tired truckers may be hauling fireworks to your local 4th of July celebration, thanks to an exemption in federal law.
A Nevada trucking company under scrutiny for a fatal crash with an Amtrak train has been cited repeatedly by state authorities for crashes, unsafe driving and operating a truck with tires so bald the vehicle had to be taken off the road.
Chicago taxpayers are wasting $18 million a year on 200 motor truck drivers who shuttle city crews to work sites.