Letters to the Editor

Haley Goucher: An appalling display

Thank you for your Nov. 15 news article “McCrory donor sparked campaign against trucker naps” on the passage and enforcement of a law – inspired by a campaign donor of Gov. Pat McCrory’s – that tickets truckers for pulling over to take naps on the ramps of the public Interstate. The truckers who pull over to take naps should be applauded, not prosecuted.

As a physician in an intensive care unit, I have seen first-hand the devastation that a sleepy truck driver can cause, and I wish I could never see it again.

Sleep-deprived drivers kill people every year. It is estimated that on a nationwide level, sleep-impaired driving causes 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.

It is appalling that the McCrory administration is contributing to this problem by punishing responsible drivers who pull over to rest simply because a wealthy person doesn’t want to see these semis parked on the side of “his” highway exit.

Instead of spending the $32,000 on donations for McCrory’s campaign, perhaps the Shelton brothers and company could have invested in some trash cans if the alleged litter from these truck drivers was so offensive to them.

Haley Goucher

Durham

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