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Several trucks sit parked at a Weston, Fla., truck stop. (Photo: J. Pat Carter/AP Photo)

If you drive on any major highway in the United States, you’ve probably seen tractor trailers parked along the side of the road, especially overnight. 

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations prohibit nonemergency stops because of the severe hazard they present to commercial motor vehicle drivers and other motorists, increasing the likelihood of serious accidents, involving several vehicles with serious injuries and shutting down traffic for hours.

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