Rep. Rodriguez has introduced House Bill 295 to address the issue of drowsy driving in the commercial trucking industry. The bill would create a “Drowsy Driving Commission” to study the issue and provide recommendations to the legislature for appropriate laws.
The problem was brought to Rep. Rodriguez’ attention under the most tragic of circumstances. A widow who lost her husband in an accident caused by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel as a result of a medical condition called sleep apnea came to Rep. Rodriguez’ office seeking help in the form of legislation. Mrs. Wanda Lindsay and her family brought statistics from the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration that between 28-59% of all commercial truck drivers suffer from sleep apnea. She also explained that Texas has the highest number of large truck fatalities in the country.
More information on this issue can be found at www.JohnLindsayFoundation.org and www.SleepApneaKills.com.
Austin news station KEYE TV also ran a story about House Bill 295 which can be found at http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/drowsy-driving-commission-proposed-texas-lawmaker-6291.shtml