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Monday
Jun162014

New York Senator Seeks Black Boxes in Trucks Following Tracy Morgan Crash

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With Tracy Morgan's accident undoubtedly fresh on his mind, New York Senator Chuck Schumer held a press conference in Manhattan on Sunday pushing for tighter regulations in the trucking business.

The Democrat has asked the Department of Transportation to enforce the use in trucks of black boxes -- electronic logging devices that will track the driver's work hours.

He said, "With a black box in the cab of the truck we'll know if the truck driver drove more than 11 hours a day, if he or she took a half-hour off as they're supposed to in that 11 hours, and if they drove more than 70 hours a week."

Truck drivers are not permitted to work more than 70 hours per week.

Morgan suffered a broken leg, femur, nose and several ribs when a tractor-trailer struck his limo bus on New Jersey Turnpike earlier this month. Morgan's assistant, Jeffrey Millea, and comedians Ardie Fuqua Jr. and Harris Stanton were also injured in the six-vehicle crash. Comic James "Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed.

Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper, who's been accused of having not slept for 24 hours prior to the accident, has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges.


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