DON'T WAKE ME UP.ORG: Trucker's Civil Rights
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I know you're busy, so here is the SHORT VERSION: Short and sweet, cut to the chase. Cops can not wake you up when you're in the sleeper and demand ID. If you're confused about this, read this page. If you're still confused after reading it, you're a lost cause. Short Version: Cops can't Wake up the sleeper (Otherwise Known as 'DontWakeMeUp for Dummies'.)

Truck drivers have been described as the backbone of America. A hard-working and hearty bunch, these men and women oftentimes spend weeks or months away from their families working long hours to haul freight across the country so that consumers can have access to goods. Their tractor hauls single or combination trailers up to 53 feet or longer, 13'6 in height and weighing up to 80,000 pounds. They are engaged in what's called "interstate commerce" and are required to receive intensive training, as well as qualify for licenses, medical fitness and background checks. The federal government has set up a complex myriad of thousands of rules, statutes, laws and standards that commercial truck drivers are required to follow. Key among these is the requirement that commercial truck drivers get adequate rest between their shifts. These laws have been developed and altered over time based on medical and scientific conclusions, as well as safety research, accident statistics, and industry recommendations. These long-established safety measures help to protect the drivers as well as the motoring public on America's roadways. But what if these laws were being blatantly violated and thwarted on a regular basis by the very people who have sworn an oath to uphold and enforce the law?

Imagine you're sleeping in your comfortable bed after a long 14-hour shift at work, recuperating from the days work and preparing to wake up at 5am for another day on the job to provide food for your family. And then imagine the shock of police with guns demanding that you wake up, come outside and show them your ID, under threat of arrest. Sound outlandish? Perhaps, but that is precisely what this website is about. It's about one man's journey into a twilight-zone like situation where the right of all decent, hard-working Americans was fought for and battled out.

This is about our rights as Americans to fulfill our job duties and to get the rest we need and which we are lawfully entitled to, without being disturbed, woken up, harassed or threatened with false arrest by law enforcement officers. It is about the right of Americans to be left alone in peace as they fulfill their pursuit of happiness. This case involves a truck driver who was off duty sleeping in bed when he was forcefully woken up, trotted out of his bedroom, and forced to show ID under threat of arrest without any warrant, reasonable suspicion, or probable cause of any crime being committed.

In this case, both officers were recorded and the Texas Department of Public Safety admitted wrongdoing in writing on behalf of the two officers only one month after an internal affairs complaint was filed against the officers in November 2010. 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." [Here is the postmarked envelope the letter came in.] The driver, Martin Hill, 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 internal police department documents which they were forced to release in 'discovery' as a result of my lawsuit in initial disclosures revealed that the Texas Troopers officially admitted that "The passenger is under no obligation to comply with request" for ID.

Audio/video of the original incident is in three short clips. First: Off Duty Driver refuses to show ID to Texas DOT inspector. The second is here: Texas State Trooper threatens arrest of driver for not showing ID. Part 3, the conclusion, is here: Civil Rights claim filed against Texas Trooper- Do not wake up sleeping trucker . Total length of all three clips combined is less than 5 minutes. (All three of these videos are embedded below, at the very bottom of this page.)

There are three main sections to this website:

6 YEARS AGO: Cops Admitted Wrongdoing To Me In Writing: Both TX Troopers Were Punished & Retrained On 4th Amendment

Trucker Who Was Sleeping Forces TX Troopers To Admit: "The Passenger Is Under No Obligation To Comply With Request" For ID In Federal Court

Here's an example of what happens when a trucker falls asleep at the wheel. Tanker truck spills milk after crashing in Grand Prairie

Since starting this website, I have received many e-mails from truckers across the country who have also been woken up illegally by rogue cops. One of those people was Kenny Capell. We got attention to Kenny's case which led to a chain of events that ended up with the corrupt prosecutor dropping the case.

For full details see: Man Charged with 'Obstruction of Justice' in Georgia For Refusing Illegal ID Demand Wins, Has Criminal Case Dismissed By Witless Prosecutors 2/25/15 - Truck driver Kenny Capell of TN runs trucking a business with his wife hauling freight across the country. On April 15, 2014, while Kenny's wife was driving and he was off duty sleeping, Georgia police officer Leigh A. Parsons woke Kenny up out of the sleeper berth and demanded his ID with no probable cause at a weigh station on I-75 in Ringgold, GA. The same officer had done this a month prior so this time, Kenny refused on principal to show the cop his ID since she had no legal justification and no warrant. Kenny was then arrested, handcuffed, jailed and kept in a cage until he was bailed out twelve hours later. Charged with the criminal offense of 'obstruction of justice,' Capell fought it in court and after stalling nearly a near, the GA prosecutor dropped the case yesterday. The rogue police now face a civil rights lawsuit for false arrest. Great job Kenny for standing up for liberty!

Here is Martin Hill's official statement on the matter of Kenny Capell's case from

"The Georgia prosecutor didn't go through with Kenny Capell's criminal prosecution because they knew they didn't have a leg to stand on and they were going to lose. Ideally, officer Leigh A. Parsons of GA would be locked up in prison for many years and held personally liable for the civil damages to Kenny. This would make officers in general think twice about doing such things if they were held personally liable instead of the taxpayers footing the bill.

It is not insignificant that the GA DPS lied and claimed that no video of Kenny's arrest existed, when in reality the internal affairs investigator admitted to Kenny that not only does the video exist, but he has viewed it. This is the sort of evil corruption that plagues society today. "Thou shalt not bear false witness" is one of God's Sacred Commandments and I do not take violating this, under the guise of a badge or the state, lightly. This is and always has been a moral issue. I am glad that state and federal government agencies visit my site regularly. These rogue agencies need to be admonished, to "Admonish the sinner," which is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Yes I have a lot of anger over this type of injustice but its a righteous anger. I am not "detached" from these issues because I understand all the hardships, financial loss, stress and burden which they placed on Kenny and his entire family, burdening them still for a year and now however long it takes for him to find recourse.
It is so evil on so many levels it makes me sick. This is not trivial. All for a very kind family who simply wanted to work hard and earn a living in America, the supposed land of the free. We prayed yesterday morning thanking GOD in Jesus name that this threat of jail and fines has been lifted from the Capell family. Thank you very much for your support of Kenny and myself in this matter." [You can watch a video interview I did with Kenny at his home in the hills of Tennessee here. It is also embedded below.]

Special thanks to James P. Lamb of The Small Business in Transportation Coalition ("SBTC") [], who really went to bat for Kenny in this matter. I highly recommend and fully endorse joining his organization SBTC, of which both I and Kenny are members. On 3/2/15 Lamb announced in an SBTC Press Release: 'SBTC's Police Misconduct Complaint results in Judge dismissing bogus "obstruction" charge against Trucker Kenneth Ahearn Capell.' [See SBTC's Linked In Post here.]

See our article from 9/2/14 on Mr. Lamb here: Former DOT Motor Carrier Investigator/Federal Inspector Decries "Rouge Officers" Engaged In "Abuse of Power"

Also a great thanks goes out to Allen and Donna Smith of They're the ones who told Mr. Lamb about this matter after I contacted them. Here is their article on Kenny's case: Trucker victory for Obstruction of Justice "Right to Sleep" court case (2/26/15.) Allen and DonnaSmith had Kenny Capell, James Lamb and Martin Hill on their radio show last August (you can also listen below). They had an update last week with Kenny and James discussing Kenny's case, here: Trucking Open Forum Highlights "Obstruction of Justice"

Also, thanks to Todd Dills at OverdriveOnline for publicizing this website and for covering Kenny's case this week: Driver cleared of obstruction charges after being woken up by police in the sleeper of team-driven truck (3/3/15)

See, if truckers stick together and exert their rights, we can continue to see victories like these. Police have no more right to wake up truckers than they do to go bang on your bedroom window at 3AM and demand ID. That is completely insane and illegal. Here is a recent letter from Anne Ferro, head of FMCSA, on the urgent importance of truck driver sleep. Most of the time you hear bickering between industry and the government. Industry wants less regulation, and government wants more. I am simply asking why the government and their agents don't comply with the rules that the feds have already imposed upon truckers.

Have you been woken up while off-duty or illegally detained or searched by a Texas Trooper or an officer in any other state, or by a DOT Inspector at a weigh station? If so, feel free to contact us. You can join our mailing list by sending an e-mail here, to receive periodic updates on the issue of truck driver sleep.


How to File A Complaint With The Texas department of Public Safety

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"Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says: "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light." Ephesians Chapter 5:8-14

Dr. Matthew Walker, Ph.D., founder and director of the University of California Berkeley's Center for Human Sleep Science and author of the book "Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams," shares the latest discoveries about sleep and how it impacts virtually every area of your physical and mental health.

Sleep-Deprived Drivers More Dangerous Than Those Under the Influence - With respect to sleep deprivation and auto accidents, Dr. Walker says one person dies every hour in the U.S. due to a fatigue-related error, and vehicular accidents caused by drowsy driving exceed those caused by alcohol and drugs combined.

"This coming week, more than 2 million people in the U.S. will fall asleep while driving their motor vehicle. That's more than 250,000 every day, with more such events during the week than on weekends, for obvious reasons. More than 56 million Americans admit to struggling to stay awake at the wheel of a car each month. As a result, 1.2 million accidents are caused by sleepiness each year in the U.S."

Drivers of cars are not alone in threatening the safety of our roadways. Walker suggests drowsy truckers may be even more dangerous...

[Read the full article and watch the video interview here: Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams By Dr. Joseph Mercola.]

Be sure to visit our new Trucking Section Archives here . Very good & informative page.

Our California Traffic Ticket Archive Page is here.

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What Happens to Your Body When You're Sleep Deprived? By Dr. Joseph Mercola. Excerpt:

"According to the documentary, Sleepless in America, coproduced by the National Geographic Channel, 40 percent of Americans are sleep deprived. Many get less than five hours of sleep per night. Percentage-wise, adolescents are among the most sleep deprived. The consequences are dire, not just for the individual who isn�t getting enough rest, but for those around them as well. While most people don�t give lack of sleep much thought, there are in fact life-threatening consequences.

Notably, �experts now believe that sleep deprivation may have played a role in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Staten Island ferry crash, and the Three-Mile Island nuclear meltdown,� the film states. Countless people have also lost their lives to tired drivers who simply dozed off behind the wheel. It�s important to realize that getting less than six hours of sleep each night leaves you cognitively impaired. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to health effects such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer�s,1 and cancer. Depression and anxiety disorders are also adversely impacted by lack of sleep."

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SBTC (Small Business in Transportation Coalition) Files Police Misconduct Complaint with U.S. Dept. of Justice
In his 9/10/14 letter to the United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Mr. Lamb wrote, in part
"In terms of my background, I am a former New York State Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Investigator charged, in part, with enforcing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations codified at 49 CFR 350-399. I have been a practitioner duly licensed by the United States Surface Transportation Board since 1999. I have over twenty years of experience in the motor carrier industry..."
"...We note a similar incident highlighted on the website involving trucker Martin Hill resulted in a Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit, a complaint to your Department, and an admission of impropriety from the Texas law enforcement agency involved. Perhaps an internal affairs investigation is also warranted in this instance. The SBTC believes unlawfully waking a commercial motor vehicle driver up can contribute to driver fatigue, which can be detrimental to public safety. Please note I am coping Mr. Scott Darling, Acting Administrator of the FMCSA, for his information insofar as 49 CFR 303 (Civil Rights) may be concerned."

Lamb and his SBTC organization held a meeting with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, August 14th to discuss "a role for FMCSA with respect to Jason's Law (Sec. 1401 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act "MAP-21") and the Safe Truck Parking issue." SBTC presented a policy letter to representatives on "issues that affect transportation professionals in small business," noting "We seek to promote and protect the interests of small businesses in the transportation industry."

I highly recommend becoming a member of this great organization; you can find out more about the SBTC here.

Martin Hill of and Kenny Capell appeared on the "Truth About Trucking Live" Radio show with Allen & Donna Smith on August 7, 2014. James P. Lamb of SBTC joined the conversation also. The program can be heard and downloaded here. [Their facebook post on the program is here.]
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James P. Lamb, Chairman of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) has announced Respecting the Sanctity of Sleep- Introducing the 'COMMUNITY-ORIENTED' APPROACH (Jul 22, 2014). Excerpt:
"As a former New York Department of Transportation (DOT) Motor Carrier Investigator who used to perform Federal Level Three Driver Inspections throughout New York State, I am astonished to hear stories of how local law enforcement officers routinely wake up interstate drivers who are engaged in Federally-mandated rest under the Hours of Service (HOS) section of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and demand identification for no legitimate reason and under color of law. In most instances, this practice essentially amounts to an unlawful vehicle stop and constitutes unwarranted harassment in violation of the trucker's civil and due process rights." Trucker Issue Awareness and the Mainstream Media (Excerpt:)

"Another issue which was brought up on the show that night was the fact that law enforcement is in the practice of waking drivers up during their federally mandated breaks. This led to a following radio show with Kenny Capell and Martin Hill as they shared their story on Truth about Trucking Lives' show titled, "Truckers Right to Sleep and the 4th Amendment". Martin Hill is the founder of Don't Wake Me Up. CDL driver Kenny Cappel explains how he was arrested for obstructing justice by Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Officer Leigh A. Parsons as he refused to violate the Federally mandated Hours of Service rule. This led to SBTC ( Small Business in Transportation Coalition) to File a Police Misconduct Complaint with U.S. Dept. of Justice... Read more here. The most recent story covered by the media was by ABC's 20/20 as they interviewed Abe Attallah.

Department of Homeland Security Calls Trucker's Employer to Tattle That He Won't Wake Up Sleeping Co-Driver (!) 8/1/14
You can't make this stuff up. Click the article, with photos & vids, above.

Checkpoint Cop Offended When I Yell At Him About 4th Amendment (Article & Video) 7/8/14

Man Who Refused Warrantless ID Check Arrested, Charged With 'Obstruction of Justice' in Georgia Kenny Capell refused to show his ID to a control-freak female weigh station cop who kept waking him up out of the sleeper. His trial is August 11th, 2014. I interviewed Kenny at his home in TN.

Update: Kenny's trial was re-scheduled for October, then December 8th, now the prosecutor has delayed it yet again. For some reason the so-called prosecutor does not seem to want this case to go to court. Kenny also sent a Freedom Of Information Act Request to the Georgia DOT demanding any and all audio/video of his arrest. The GA DOT replied back and claimed that there was no video. However, Kenny had filed a police misconduct complaint and the internal affairs investigator has acknowledged that there is indeed a video of his arrest, and the investigator has seen it.

What Happens When You Sue the Cops for Civil Rights Violations? Update on 'Trucker Vs. TX Troopers' ID Case 2/4/14
Plaintiff and Cop Defendants Both File 'Motion for Summary Judgment'


April 16, 2013: DontWakeMeUp.Org Launched As Civil Rights Lawsuit Proceeds Against Texas Troopers
Trooper facing civil suit denies threatening motorist with arrest, despite being recorded
[Featured on]

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:

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, , , battlefourtimes, gunnyg , U.S. Constitutional Free Press , Flyover Press , Freedom Watch, Sodahead, and many others.]

Martin Hill's Featured in Major Trucking Magazine:
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Team driver to law enforcement: 'Don't wake me up' 6/21/13

DontWakeMeUp.Org featured on the Dave Nemo show
Thanks to Dave Nemo for having me on his trucking radio show on SiriusXM Radio July 2nd.

2012 video in New Mexico: Sleeping Trucker puts police in their place at suspicionless internal checkpoint December 2, 2012 [Must see video- Featured on].

Internal Documents in TX Trooper lawsuit: Cops admit "the passenger is under no obligation to comply with request" for ID

This is PRICELESS! Psycho TX cop warns TV News of 'fatigued truckers' after defending cops who woke up sleeping trucker

Florida Highway Patrol Spokesman claims right to violate 4th Amendment
Another lunatic cop claims his agency can wake anyone up and demand ID. They're stupider than the cops in Texas. Will Florida HP be the next agency to get sued?

With New Federal 'Rest Rules' Taking Effect July 1st, Feds questioned
Letter to Feds on Driver Fatigue and following their own rules

Fatigued Truckers Killing Troopers Everywhere as Insane Cops Continue to Revel In Waking Up Off-Duty Sleeping Drivers
An unbelievable number of big rig disasters are occuring daily, with police officers being killed across the country by fatigued drivers. Do cops still think it's a good idea to wake up truckers when they're trying to sleep?

This is what happens when a big rig driver falls asleep:
Exclusive video and photos of wreckage HERE. Massive July 4th Crash: Demolished Vehicles, Avocados Everywhere.
And these control-freak psychotic cops along with their lawyers, the degenerates at the Texas Attorney General's Office still insist that it's a good idea to illegally wake up sleeping truckers? They must love seeing innocent people die. Shame on them. Here is the video:

TX Troopers cry 'harassment,' seek Protective Order against Plaintiff in Civil rights lawsuit 8/28/13

Catastrophic Bridge Collapse in Washington State reveals importance of sleep for Truckers as NTSB investigates the sleep records of driver
This story illustrates the perfect reason why out-of-control cops must obey the law and not illegally disturb motorists.

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?
Because the FEDS MANDATE that commercial drivers get rest. They do this because rest is necessary and required. Commercial drivers must have at least 10 hours rest between shifts. After 10 hours off duty in the sleeper berth, shifts can last no longer than 14 hours, 11 of it driving. What if the driver had not rested as required by law? His ass would be in PRISON, that's what. [More HERE.]

Craziest Black Ice Close-Call Big Rig Crash You'll Ever See 2/2/15

Insane Video of 193 Vehicle Chain-Reaction Crash on Interstate 94 in Michigan
76 TRUCKS involved in this! It's amazing to watch this horrible accident unfold, and to see how fast these vehicles were going with nearly zero visibility. This is a good reminder to always leave plenty of following distance and if visibility is that low, slow down or get off the road. You don't go 65MPH when you can't see 10 feet in front of you!

U.S. DOT Opens U.S. Border To Mexican Trucks "Marking A Significant Milestone In Implementation Of NAFTA"
Inspector General Warns That Safety of Mexican Carriers Has Not Been Shown

46,200 Illegal Aliens Apply For Driver Licenses In First 3 Days Of New Calif. Law; Only 2% Succeed
(This new law does not allow them to get commercial licenses.)

ABC 20/20's "Road to Ruin": The Danger of Forcing Truck Drivers to Drive Sleep-Deprived Exposed

NBC NEWS: Tracy Morgan Crash: Why Are Some Long-Haul Truckers So Tired?

CNBC News video series: Collision Course or here.

OverdriveOnline: Trucking far from 'under-regulated': Reactions to CNBC's 'Collision course' series "..Increased regulations are causing more problems and fatigue."

Abe Attallah of the RUN HARD GET PAID Facebook group posted this video to Youtube on February 28, 2014. Abe wrote: "This video was posted to educate people to what happens in the trucking industry. I was beginning to fall asleep behind the wheel of my tractor trailer loaded with produce when I decided to pull over for sleep and call my company to inform them that I was unsafe to continue driving." You can watch his video here: The UGLY Truth of Trucking! What the General Public needs to know about Highway Safety, Truck Driver Fatigue, and Truck parking Trucker tells all about Safety in Trucking on ABC's 20/20

View and/or download our flier to put at truck stops and bulletin boards

Is Sleep Important To Truckers? The Experts Speak

As the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration has documented in their meticulous report Fighting Fatigue,

"One person's lack of sleep can contribute to another's lack of safety on the Nation's roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Senior Research Psychologist Jesse Blatt, fatigue and sleep deprivation contribute to about 100,000 police-reported highway crashes, causing more than 1,500 deaths annually in the United States. And the National Transportation Safety Board also has linked operator fatigue with a number of costly public incidents, including the Exxon Valdez grounding and the collision of subway trains on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's extensive in-depth Commercial Motor Vehicle/Driver Fatigue and Alertness Study notes

"The Driver Fatigue and Alertness Study (DFAS) was the largest and most comprehensive over-the-road study ever conducted on driver fatigue and alertness in North America. It provides extensive information on the alertness, driving performance, and physiological and subjective states of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers as they perform real-life, revenue-generating trips. This Executive Summary overviews the objectives, methods, principal findings, and safety implications of this landmark 7-year study. The DFAS was initiated in 1989 by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Motor Carriers (OMC) in response to a Congressional directive contained in the Truck and Bus Safety and Regulatory Reform Act of 1988. Field data collection was conducted in 1993 and the project was completed in 1996. The overall cost of the study was US$4.45 million."

U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
Property-Carrying Commercial Motor Vehicles- Drivers Sleeper Berth Provision
"Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two."

"Disruptions compromise both the quantity and quality of sleep and keep you from experiencing continuous, restorative sleep so necessary for performance, safety, and health. They can be caused by an acute or chronic medical condition; a bright, noisy or uncomfortable environment; or awakenings caused by other people. Determining the causes of any sleep disruptions will help you and your doctor determine the best treatment." [Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Interruptions to your sleep]

INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY: "IIHS further concludes "the fact that risk remained the same regardless of team status suggests that increased risk of fatality is associated with nonconsecutive sleep rather than disturbance from the motion of the truck while sleeping'' (Id., p. 11). [Hertz, R.P., "Tractor-Trailer Driver Fatality: The Role of Nonconsecutive Rest in a Sleeper Berth," Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, October 1987. Revised February 1988]

"Driver fatigue is recognized as a major factor in accidents involving long-haul truck drivers. One way in which long-haul truck drivers decrease their fatigue level is through the use of tractors equipped with sleeper berth units. However even with these units, the quality and quantity of sleep that a driver obtains may not equal what they would receive if they were sleeping at home. With that in mind, the primary goal of this project was to assess the impact that sleeper berth usage has on operator alertness... There were a number of findings as part of this study that indicated that the quality and depth of sleep was worse on the road, particularly for team drivers. Team drivers have significantly more sleep disturbances than do single drivers. In addition, for team drivers who sleep while the vehicle is in motion, factors such as vibration and noise affected their sleep..." [FMCSA IMPACT OF SLEEPER BERTH USAGE ON DRIVER FATIGUE: FINAL REPORT]

The White House: "The FMCSA has acknowledged that driver fatigue is grossly underreported for various reasons. Advocates and others have pointed out in public comments to the 2008 proposed rule as well as prior HOS rules that the agency has, in recent years, repeatedly grossly underestimated fatigue as a factor in truck crashes...FMCSA acknowledged in the 2000 NPRM that "The agency tentatively estimates that 15 percent of all truck-involved fatal crashes are "fatigue-relevant," that is, fatigue is either a primary or secondary factor....

"Other estimates of fatigue involvement in truck crashes are higher. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimated that driver fatigue is a factor in 31% of all fatal-to-driver heavy truck crashes, and found fatigue to be a factor in even a higher percentage of all truck crashes investigated by NTSB. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated driver fatigue to be a factor in over 30% of all heavy truck crashes. [ "Rebuttal of Edgeworth Economics Review of FMCSA's Regulatory Impact Analysis" Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety: October 2011.]

MORE: HOS Hours of Service Rules For Commercial Drivers

As you read the details of this specific case, you will see that despite all the state and federal rules mandating ten hours of uninterrupted sleep for the truck driver, it is the proven illegal policy and practice of police in Texas to unlawfully ID occupants of both commercial and non-commercial vehicles, as well as to illegally wake up truck drivers who are off-duty in the sleeper berth. This also happens in other states throughout the nation as well, during traffic stops and at warrantless checkpoints. If someone is driving a commercial vehicle or is a passenger sitting in the front passenger seat of a commercial vehicle, of course they are required to show their ID, logbook, insurance information, and permits to the officer. That is not the issue here. The issue here is when the passenger in a commercial team operation is off-duty in the sleeper berth, sleeping for their federally mandated 10 hours. That person is not to be disturbed - their sleeper is considered "sacrosanct." (too important or valuable to be interfered with; inviolable.) As you will read below, countless state, federal, and international studies have been commissioned which explain in no uncertain terms, the dire importance of the undisturbed sleep of the commercial driver. The concise sections of our website below summarize and link to federally mandated sleeper berth laws as well as to ID and privacy laws and long-held court precedents, which apply to all Americans.

How It All Started: November 10, 2010

The following four links explain the original incident in full as well as the follow up. The case, Hill v. Texas Department of Public Safety et al, is a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 Civil Rights Act case filed September fourth in the Fifth Circuit of Texas Federal Western District Court in San Antonio, Texas.

TRANSCRIPT: TX Trooper violates federal law 'because I have the badge and the gun'; driver records interaction
Audio links included.

Driver files federal complaint against Texas troopers for civil rights violations

Text of official original complaint to the Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Troopers officially admit wrongdoing after ID complaint - Here you can see the letter of admission from the Texas Department of Public Safety, stating that "corrective action was needed" against both officers and that "additional training has been taken."

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Texas Troopers Over right to Refuse I.D. 9/7/12

Texas Trooper facing civil suit denies making threats, despite being recorded 4/11/13

Note: All three of the recordings are at the very bottom of this page.

Below are links to the various sections of our website:

Is Waking Up Truckers A Trivial Matter? Judge For Yourself

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Because sleep disruption may cause fatigue and deterioration of performance, a study was conducted to evaluate the association between sleeper-berth use in two periods and tractor-trailer driver fatality." []

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: "Trucks are a vital component of the U.S. economy. That contribution comes from moving raw and finished products, as well as some bulk goods, long distances. Because of the long distances and long driving times involved in these contributions to our economy, driver hours of service (HOS) have been regulated for more than 70 years." []

Conference on Managing Fatigue in Transportation. This international, multi-modal conference, jointly sponsored by FHWA, ATA, NHTSA, the Association of American Railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), addressed ways to improve transportation operator alertness and lower crash risk. Expert speakers addressed a variety of topics related to the improvement of operator fatigue management, including improving sleep..." []


4th Amendment:
Is Everyone Required To Show ID To Government Agents Upon Demand?

No, not at all. This section lists 23 references, outlining the Constitutional protections and U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the matter. Here are a few excerpts:

Brown v. Texas, 443 U.S. 47 (1979)
In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Texas, a case where a man in Texas refused to show police ID because there was no probable cause. The court noted "he was arrested for violation of Tex.Penal Code Ann., Tit. 8, § 38.02(a) (1974), which makes it a criminal act for a person to refuse to give his name and address to an officer "who has lawfully stopped him and requested the information." However, the court reversed his conviction:

"Held: The application of the Texas statute to detain appellant and require him to identify himself violated the Fourth Amendment because the officers lacked any reasonable suspicion to believe that appellant was engaged or had engaged in criminal conduct. Detaining appellant to require him to identify himself constituted a seizure of his person subject to the requirement of the Fourth Amendment that the seizure be "reasonable." Cf. Terry v. Ohio, 392 U. S. 1; United States v. Brignoni-Ponce, 422 U. S. 873. The Fourth Amendment requires that such a seizure be based on specific, objective facts indicating that society's legitimate interests require such action, or that the seizure be carried out pursuant to a plan embodying explicit, neutral limitations on the conduct of individual officers. Delaware v. Prouse, 440 U. S. 648. Here, the State does not contend that appellant was stopped pursuant to a practice embodying neutral criteria, and the officers' actions were not justified on the ground that they had a reasonable suspicion, based on objective facts, that he was involved in criminal activity. Absent any basis for suspecting appellant of misconduct, the balance between the public interest in crime prevention and appellant's right to personal security and privacy tilts in favor of freedom from police interference."

The court concluded "The application of Tex.Penal Code Ann., Tit. 8, § 38.02 (1974), to detain appellant and require him to identify himself violated the Fourth Amendment because the officers lacked any reasonable suspicion to believe appellant was engaged or had engaged in criminal conduct. Accordingly, appellant may not be punished for refusing to identify himself, and the conviction is Reversed." []

Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968)
In the 1968 case of Terry v. Ohio, the Court held that police could "stop and frisk" a suspect on "reasonable suspicion" that he had already committed, or was about to commit, a crime.

The right of privacy may not be intruded upon by the government absent probable cause, see Dunnaway v. New York, 442 U.S. 200, 208 (1979); indeed, it is the probable cause requirement that "safeguard[s] citizens from rash and unreasonable interferences with [their] privacy." Brinegar v. United States, 338 U.S. 160, 176 (1949).

Florida v. Royer, 460 U.S. 491, 500 (1983) "The person approached, however, need not answer any questions put to him; indeed, he may decline to listen to the questions at all and may go on his way" Id. at 497-98.

Illinois v. Wardlow, 528 U.S. 119, 125 (2000)
"If they do not learn facts rising to the level of probable cause, an individual must be allowed to go on his way."

Brinegar v. United States - 338 U.S. 160 (1949) "The citizen who has given no good cause for believing he is engaged in [criminal] activity is entitled to proceed on his way without interference" (Page 338 U. S. 177)


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Look who's coming to visit! The Texas Attorney General, who's representing the defendants in the Federal Civil Rights lawsuit. Isn't it interesting that they are sworn to uphold the law, yet are representing the very people who, by the Texas Department of Public Safety's own admission, violated it.

Here is a screenshot of the letter from TX DPS in 2010 admitting wrongdoing. The full letter and more details can be found here.

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"Even to the death fight for truth, and the LORD your God will battle for you". Sirach 4:28

"But he said: Woe to you lawyers also, because you load men with burdens which they cannot bear and you yourselves touch not the packs with one of your fingers." Luke 11:46.

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Do you ever feel sleepy or "zone out" during the day? Do you find it hard to wake up on Monday mornings? If so, you are familiar with the powerful need for sleep. However, you may not realize that sleep is as essential for your well-being as food and water.

Large Truck - Passenger Vehicle Crashes

One-half of the LTCCS crashes involved collisions between a large truck and a passenger vehicle (car, pickup truck, van, or sport utility vehicle). In those crashes, the same associated factors coded most often for the large trucks usually were also coded most often for the passenger vehicles. For both large trucks and passenger vehicles, there was a statistically significant link between the following 10 associated factors (listed in descending order according to how often they were coded for the large truck) and coding of the critical reason:
1. Interruption of the traffic flow
2. Unfamiliarity with roadway
3. Inadequate surveillance
4. Driving too fast for conditions
5. Illegal maneuver
6. Inattention

Wake-Up Call for Carrier and Driver: Falling Asleep Can Result in Punitive Damages
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Texas State Trooper threatens arrest of driver for not showing ID

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