A big rig driver fell asleep and demolished two vehicles in a spectacular July 4th crash in New Mexico, leaving avocados everywhere. The crash occurred on I-40 near mile marker 270 in Santa Rosa. Traffic had been backed up because of a massive hailstorm in the area. The driver reportedly fell asleep and was travelling 65mph when he woke up just in time to swerve to the left, literally embedding the front of his truck into the back of the trailer in front of him. His truck then rolled and netted an incredible sight of mangled metal, avocados, and personal effects from the truck. The driver somehow survived the accident, and fortunately had no co-driver in the vehicle.
New rules just went into effect for truckers on July 1st, limiting the number of hours they can drive a week from 82 to 70. The new rules also mandate a half hour break after 8 hours of driving. NBC reported the conflict between government and industry: 'Feds, truckers clash over new safety rules'
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Office of Research and Analysis conducted the The Large Truck Crash Causation Study - Associated Factors Assigned in Large Truck Crashes and Their Relative Risk Importance. Fatigue is listed as causing 13% of accidents (18,000) and 'Driver Felt under work pressure from carrier' is listed as causing 10% of the wrecks (16,000 ).
Below are some photos and incredible up-close video of the aftermath of the wreckage. This is what happens when a big rig driver falls asleep.
It also beautifully illustrates the point we make at DontWakeMeUp.org, that police officers, DOT inspectors and cops at warrantless internal immigration checkpoints must stop their dangerous and destructive practice of illegally waking up sleeping truckers when they are in their federally mandated sleeper berth 10-hour rest period. These vile, control-freak psychotic cops acting under "color of law" must be stopped. As I state in DontWakeMeUp for Dummies,
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This happened to me in November 2010 while I was sleeping when my partner was ticketed at a weigh station in Devine TX. The police forced me to wake up, get out of the sleeper, and show them ID under threat of arrest. In this case, I recorded both officers while it happened and I filed both state and federal civil rights complaints within a week. Less than one month later The Texas Department of Public Safety admitted wrongdoing in writing on behalf of the two officers. The admission letter, dated December 20, 2010 and signed by Captain Kenneth Plunk of the Waco Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, stated that "corrective action was needed" against both officers and that "additional training has been taken." I then filed a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit against the troopers for damages, permanent injunction, and to dissuade them from continuing this blatantly illegal practice. One of the documents released in initial disclosures revealed an internal POLICE MEMO from TX DPS officially admitting that "The passenger is under no obligation to comply with request" for ID. If anyone is still confused about whether cops can wake you up in the sleeper, you're a lost cause. Goodbye. Everyone else, continue reading.
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DontWakeMeUp.org Featured in Major Trucking Magazine OverdriveOnline.com:
Fatigued Truckers Killing Troopers Everywhere as Insane Cops Continue to Revel In Waking Up Off-Duty Sleeping Drivers
With New Federal 'Rest Rules' Taking Effect July 1st, Feds questioned
Florida Highway Patrol Spokesman claims right to violate 4th Amendment
Catastrophic Bridge Collapse in Washington State reveals importance of sleep for Truckers as NTSB investigates the sleep records of driver
5/30/13: Well well well, whatd'ya know. The Feds are investigating 'THE LOGS AND REST HISTORY" of the commercial driver who hit the bridge in Washington last week and caused it to collapse. They are also are checking the REST HISTORY of the pilot vehicle driver who worked with the truck. Why do you think that the feds would 'check the rest history' of those people?
4/17/13: DontWakeMeUp.Org goes viral immediately after public launch: People from across the world along with Corporations, Universities, Law Firms, as well as State and Federal government agencies have visited DontWakeMeUp.Org since our release on Tuesday, April 16th. We will have an "our visitors" page outlining the government visitors soon.
Cop at Suspicionless Checkpoint Starts Barking Orders, But Then Flees from Camera (4/17/13)
Creepy DHS Supervisor tries to open vehicle door when motorist asks officer's name [Featured on WhatReallyHappened, Economic Policy Journal, LewRockwell.com , RomanCatholicReport.com , battlefourtimes, gunnyg , U.S. Constitutional Free Press , Flyover Press , Freedom Watch, Sodahead, and many others.]
4/16/13: WOKEN UP AGAIN! The irony of, on the very day I launch my new website DontWakMeUp.Org, it happens. Again. Today. UNREAL. Watch how these lunatics change course the second they see the camera. Keep your cameras ready, folks! The article and video can be seen here.
April 16, 2013:
DontWakeMeUp.Org Launched As Civil Rights Lawsuit Proceeds Against Texas Troopers
Sleeping Trucker puts police in their place at suspicionless internal checkpoint December 2, 2012