COLUMBUS— Today, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) voiced strong opposition to the Trump administration’s decision to eliminate sleep apnea tests for truckers and train operators. Sleep apnea can cause daytime drowsiness and an inability to concentrate.  

“The Trump administration is again playing games with our safety. By eliminating sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers, the administration not only ignores the risks to these workers, but to every American family in their path,” said Senator Yuko. “This decision is misguided and frankly difficult to comprehend.”

At the state level, State Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Senator Yuko have introduced three separate bills this General Assembly to address rail and truck safety and protect the lives of Ohioans. 

The unifying theme of the senators’ bills is workplace safety, but each touches on a different component. Senate Bill 74 would require all freight trains to be operated by a crew of at least two individuals. Senate Bill 89 would establish standards for lighting in a rail yard and create penalties for railroad companies that are in violation. Senate Bill 90 would establish standards for walkways in rail yards and create penalties for railroad companies in violation of those standards.

“Several our Democratic colleagues have also introduced rail and driver safety legislation over the past few years,” continued Senator Yuko. "Despite the administration’s actions and the lack of movement for these bills at the state level, Democrats will continue to push for safer travel for our citizens.”

More information about the Ohio Senate Democrats’ efforts to improve rail and driver safety can be found here, here, and here.

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