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      Respecting the king of the road

      In recent weeks, there have been numerous accidents involving 18 wheelers here in Georgia, many involving incidents with passenger vehicles.Kenny Rogers, a commercial truck driver Instructor with Albany Technical College says 98 percent of all accidents involving 18-wheelers are usually due to drivers not being respectful of the semi drivers.For example, drivers usually drive to close to semis, or even stop abruptly in front of them. Rogers adds that 18 wheelers have the potential to weigh up to 40 tons and can take anywhere from 10-12 seconds to come to a complete stop."When you see it coming slow down and be courteous. Let them get by. It takes much more space for them to operate safety," says Rogers.He adds that if an 18-wheeler is involved in an accident and the driver is okay, they are required to take a drug test immediately.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!