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Founder of P.A.T.T. named 2014 Transportation Champion of Change in White House ceremony

Here DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx poses with Daphne Izer, founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers.

The Trucker News Services

5/14/2014

WASHINGTON — The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation today honored Daphne Izer as a 2014 Transportation Champion of Change for her work with Parents Against Tired Truckers, which she started 20 years ago after her son and three other teens were killed by a truck driver over his hours who fell asleep at the wheel.

According to the DOT, which sent out a news release about Izer, her work has been instrumental in helping the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gain traction for its electronic logging or ELD mandate.

“Daphne’s efforts to improve highway safety have created an awareness of truck driver fatigue and enabled FMCSA to gain support for our Electronic Logging Devices proposal,” stated DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. “I’m proud to say that in March, FMCSA announced our proposal to require motor carriers to use Electronic Logging Devices to improve the quality of logbook data and compliance with Hours of Service safety rules. The uniform use of Electronic Logging Devices is an important step for saving lives and preventing serious injuries.”

Foxx also defended the new Hours of Service rules, which he said include “commonsense, data-driven changes to reduce truck driver fatigue and improve safety by reducing the maximum average work week for truckers to 70 hours from 82 hours and requiring a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of their shift.

“Most importantly, analysis shows that these changes will save 19 lives and prevent approximately 1,400 crashes and 560 injuries each year.”

“Seems reasonable?” he asked, “Well, it may be surprising to learn that there’s an effort underway in Congress to roll-back these important life-saving changes, which safety advocates like Daphne know are critical to improving highway safety. It is also worth emphasizing that no other mode of transportation allows safety-sensitive employees, like pilots and train conductors, to work such grueling schedules.”

Foxx noted Izer’s statement at the White House that “We cannot roll-back the Hours of Service rule and cause more deaths and injuries when saving lives should be first and foremost.”

“We are proud to recognize Daphne Izer as a true Champion of Change,” Foxx concluded.

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