Truck drivers search for parking amid rise in big rigs

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Posted: Jul 14, 2015 3:21 PM

MONROE, Ohio (AP) — Truck drivers and industry leaders say the number of parking spots for drivers to stop and rest hasn't kept pace with the increasing amount of semitrailers on the road in recent years.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1HZHGjj) the National Highway Traffic Administration's count of large trucks registered nationwide has increased from 8.2 million in 2004 to 10.6 million in 2013. The increase has been accompanied by more truck accidents. In Ohio, for example, the state had a record number of truck crashes last year at nearly 21,300. The total included 143 fatalities.

Federal rules say truck drivers can work no more than 14 hours before a mandatory 10 hours of down time. But drivers say sometimes trucks have driven miles illegally just to find a place to park.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com