Truck drivers in Illinois may be aware that the week of Oct. 16 is Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver Week. During this period, law enforcement focuses on educating drivers about traffic safety and enforcing existing safety laws.
A recent out-of-state case related to the trucking industry serves as a valuable reminder. Hours of service regulations are not simply safety recommendations. They are the law. Following those trucking laws is crucial to the prevention of the deadly kind of truck accidents that claim too many lives here in Illinois and across the U.S. every year.
When there is a big problem, it is natural for a community to try to point the finger at one main source of the issue. That way, it can feel as though a solution to the threat is not so hard to implement.