Exploring Links Between Medical Conditions and Safety Performance in Tractor Trailer Drivers

This project completes an initial phase, then extends and expands the Truckers & Turnover Project with two incremental components: 1) It finalizes a paper for publication in a refereed medical science journal with an analysis of the cost savings in medical insurance claims associated with the program. Individual motor carriers, based on the evidence of medical cost and crash costs savings accruing to a firm employing an OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) program, will more likely make investment in such programs even in the absence of regulations. Moreover, it may help reduce opposition to new regulations requiring OSA screening. 2) It reestablishes the legal and security conditions required to obtain new operational, human resource, and protected health data on drivers from the participating trucking firm. This component is substantially complete, and further progress now falls under RSI project #2, “The Screening Effectiveness of the Commercial Driver’s Medical Examination.”


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $261711
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Roadway Safety Institute

    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota, Morris

    Economics and Management Department
    600 East 4th Street
    Morris, MN  United States  56267
  • Principal Investigators:

    Burks, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20141201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39410

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567211
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Roadway Safety Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35, CTS-2015049
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2015 1:00AM