Driven over the edge
A study of truck drivers paints a disturbing picture of long hours, depression and drug abuse. The study, the first of its type in the world, was commissioned by Australian Rotary Health and conducted by Queensland University. It found truck drivers work an average of 62 hours a week and some more than 100 hours. It also found drivers with symptoms of depression are twice as likely to have a crash, while those suffering severe stress are six times more likely to crash. Divorce increases the likelihood of depression by a factor of five. The study also found 27 per cent of drivers show the potential for alcohol abuse, with almost 9 per cent using a drug at least weekly.