Driven over the edge

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

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.

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