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.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)