In light of the publicity surrounding the crash that critically injured Tracy Morgan, it seems like a good time to mention that congress is set to lift the cap on how many hours a week truck drivers can work from a white-shoe-associate-level of 70 hours a week to a hungry-young-ibanker-level of 82 hours. A week. Yes, that's over double the standard work week.


The cap was put in place because of the deaths caused by long-haul truckers falling asleep on the road or tweaking out. The tractor trailer that caused the today's crash on the NJ Turnpike (last I heard, one person was dead and several more, including Mr. Morgan, are critically injury) was driven by someone who fell asleep at the wheel (warning: the link has an autoplay).

He's already been charged with death by auto (no, that's not the name of the campy movie starring Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Maggie Smith, Alec Guiness and Truman Capote).

The real question, of course, is how long was he driving and did his company have him on an unsafe schedule? He was driving for Walmart.