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Truckers tell 21 News their biggest concerns while on the roads

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Thousands of trucks travel through the Valley each day on Interstate 80 carrying everything we buy from clothing to food.

21 News spoke with truckers in Hubbard Wednesday on what they think is the biggest issue they face on the road. 

Truck World in Hubbard is celebrating their 5th annual Driver Appreciation Days this week with free lunches and entertainment for CDL licensed drivers.

They see about 400 truckers each day who usually stop here for fuel, food and other services.

So what concerns them the most about their job? They say, hands down, it's safety.  

"I'm 80,000 and some 2,000-pound car wants to cut me off thinking I can stop on a dime. It doesn't work like that. When a truck hits a car and kills somebody they want to look at the truck like it's his fault," said Mike Kuntz of Warren. "They don't talk about all the things people in these little cars do to us. You got to drive safe and drive for everybody else, not just yourself."

"Everybody's just in a hurry. They'll cut right in front of you just to get off the next exit when they could have just sat behind you for two more seconds," said Al William of Connecticut.

Another issue truckers have are the new ELD or electronic logging devices. They've changed from books to something that's automated.

"I know when I'm tired. But the federal government is regulating when we can sleep and when we can't. If we can bring back when we are off duty and stop our clocks it would be a lot better," said Jeremy Ruhl of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.

He says right now if they have to wait in a lot for three hours to drop off a load the ELD counts that as time on the road and not rest. He says they save on paperwork, but they aren't making the roads any safer.

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