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WSP checks for driver fatigue

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Union Gap, WASH.--Washington State Patrol Troopers are teaming up with California and Oregon authorities to crackdown on driver fatigue.

Truck drivers driving from Washington to California will have their log books checked more often along Interstate 5.

But locally, troopers are always concerned with tired drivers traveling I-82, transporting agricultural goods.

We talked to drivers to find out how they'd feel about a local crackdown.

Tim McCarthy, a truck driver for 30-years, said "It doesn't hurt a bit to find out if a guy's asleep, if he's got enough rest."

John Harper said, "A truck driver who's professionally driving a truck, he knows when he's tired. It's just another way to come down and make more revenue for themselves."

Under current law, drivers are allowed to travel for 11 hours before taking a mandated ten hour break.