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Research Institute to Study Truck Drivers' Sleep Regulations

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP)- The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will conduct a federal study to determine how regulated sleep schedules affect truck drivers.
    
The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1PgODu8) reports the research institute signed a $2.5 million contract with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to monitor the behaviors of over 200 long-haul truck drivers who won't have to adhere to consecutive eight-hour sleeping schedules.
    
A California-based company called SmartDrive will be involved in the project. The company will place cameras inside the vehicles to capture footage of the driver and the road. The institute will also give each driver an electronic wristband unit to measure how much sleep they get.
    
Director for the institute's Center for Truck and Bus Safety Richard Hanowski says the institute still has to find drivers for the study.

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