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US Sen. Schumer Wants Tighter Trucking Regulations

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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ALBANY, N.Y. — In the wake of an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is launching a plan to keep tired truck drivers off the road.

The New York Democrat asked the Department of Transportation Sunday to speed up a requirement that companies and drivers use electronic devices to log hours driven. He says most truck drivers currently log their hours manually.

Schumer also wants the DOT to issue a study and increase insurance coverage by trucking companies in the case of a massive accident.

The agency hasn’t immediately responded to an inquiry about Schumer’s requests.

Morgan and two others were critically injured and comedian James McNair was killed in a June 7 accident involving their limo bus and a tractor-trailer.

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