Archive for June, 2009

Calling one calling all Truck Drivers family and friends

June 30th, 2009

On Thursday March 5, 2009, Jason Rivenburg pulled his truck into a gas station that has been used frequently and considered to be some what safe. Jason was only twelve miles from his destination but could not make delivery because it was too early. His delivery never took place. Jason was shot and killed as he rested in his truck. Jason was not the first driver to have lost his/her life this way.

Not long after this tragedy happened, Jason’s family started getting thing’s together in order to try and get a new law in place, to give truck drivers a SAFE place to park!

We are asking for EVERYONE from Truck drivers to their family and friends, to get on board and help us get our Senators and Representatives Attention on this and to get H.R. 2156 or (Jason’s Law) that is has been nicked named signed into law.

What is Jason’s Law? You, might ask? It is a potential law to address the ongoing and escalating problems with truck driver safety and security. In the last month we have been doing a great deal of research into the problems of Trucker Safety. You can read the rest here please take a few minutes to read it, and if you feel like this is something that needs to be put into law, PLEASE help us by telling everyone you see, also PLEASE take 5 minutes to call your SENATOR and REPRESENTATIVE explaining to them the importance of this bill and that you want them to support it also. If you do not know how to contact your Senator or Representative, then you can go to CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL.

With the recent victory in Virginia, I know a lot of you are people who thinks your calls do not matter, but guess what? They do matter, one 5 minute call from THOUSANDS of people can make a BIG difference.

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Great West Truck Show 2009

June 28th, 2009

Well, I guess this year’s Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas, NV is winding down. As the curtains close on that show, they are being readied to part again for the Dallas, TX show.

Our friend Trucker Desiree, was at this year’s show in Las Vegas, and she plans to attend the Dallas Show as well. From the pictures she sent it looks like she had a great time.

The Great West Truck Show ran from June 25 through June 27 of 2009. The Great West Truck Show (formerly known as the “Truck Show Las Vegas”) attracts more than 18,000 attendees and more than 400 exhibitors to Las Vegas each June. The GWTS is sponsored by the California Trucking Association and hosts both association and educational seminars.

One of the attractions at GWTS this year was the Overdrive’s Pride and Polish truck beauty competition.

For Information, or to register for Overdrive’s Pride and Polish Truck Beauty Competition, please call Diana Owens at (916) 708-0294 or visit www.prideandpolish.com. “Pride and Polish” is held annually at five venues across the country, including the Great West Truck Show.

Another attraction, at this year’s show, was Ol’Blue USA Our Ask The Law team was in our Safety Center™, along with troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol and Texas Highway Patrol, to help drivers and fleets understand various pertinent laws at The Great West Truck Show, June 25th thru the 27th. You can visit www.SafetyTour.org/ to find out more about this and other Ol’ Blue, USA events.

Another attraction was just being in Las Vegas. With all the night life, casinos, and shows, I’m guessing it was like one big party from the get go. If you are going to be traveling to Las Vegas you can check out www.visitlasvegas.com.

The Midnight Trucking Radio Network, was on hand to add to the attractions. The summer of ’09 is again shaping up to be another busy time for the Midnight Trucking Radio Network, hosted by; Eric Harley and Gary McNamara, as they plan their agenda. The Midnight Trucking Radio Network’s “Summertime Extravaganza” is an annual event. This event is centered around The Great West Truck Show, and the Walcott Jamboree at the Iowa 80 Truckstop – “The World’s Largest Truckstop”, in Walcott, IA. This year The Midnight Trucking Radio Network will host activities in Las Vegas, from June 25th-27th, and in Walcott, July 9th and 10th. For more information:  The Midnight Trucking Radio Network.

Even though this is a truck show, just who was supposed to be their audience? Could it be truck drivers?  It was reported that there was truck parking available across the street, but it was not easily accessible if you were in a Big Truck. Also, they were not allowing for any OVER NIGHT parking. I am guessing they did not get the desired number of drivers from over the road this year. Many drivers try to attend a few shows a year, but NEED A PLACE FOR OVER NIGHT PARKING.

Casinos should look at this as an opportunity to draw in business from all the truck drivers. They should provide complimentary bus or shuttle transportation to and from the Truck Show. Instead we are left to fend for ourselves and find a way to visit the truck show. Why, would a truck driver want to go to a show in Vegas only to have to fight their way to a truck parking place, go to the show, and then turn right back around and fight their way through the Las Vegas Strip traffic, only to have to find another place to park for the night?

I am sure “Vegas” is just like any other city that plays host to an event that potentially draws in hundreds of thousands of people. Stores, casinos, restaurants, and Hotels, more than likely raise the prices of everything. With a city already hurting from the economy, looks like they would just keep things a little cheaper to survive. According to one source, there were more exhibitors at the truck show than attendees. According to another source, there was one trucking company doing some recruiting. They had girls walking around half naked trying to drum up some recruits.

Sounds to me like the Vegas show might have been just a little “Trucker unfriendly” with the parking situation and all. They might want to think about moving it altogether, to a place that can provide ample parking.  I mean it is, after all, a Trucking show, so one would think they would want truck drivers to be accommodated so that they can attend the show.

We can only hope that the Great American Truck Show in Dallas, TX.  Aug.20-22 of 2009 will have ample parking. But, according to one source, the Dallas Show will probably not allow for any idling. If they DO allow over night parking. Keep in mind that Dallas has a no idle law. If I were planning on going to the Dallas show in August, I would make sure to call ahead to ENSURE that I would have a place to park and/or stay.

Trucker Desiree walked around the show for a couple of days talking to people and taking pictures of all the “cool trucks”.









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Truck drivers can go 65 mph on Ohio interstates starting Wednesday

June 28th, 2009

But not in Cuyahoga County

Truck drivers eagerly awaiting Wednesday’s increase in the interstate speed limit from 55 mph to 65 will have to put the brakes on their enthusiasm.

Because that’s what they will be doing when they enter Cuyahoga County.

The new law for truckers was so narrowly written that the increase applies only to interstates that already have speed limits of 65. That’s not the case in Cuyahoga County, as in most big cities in the state, where the interstate speed limit is 60 for cars and 55 for large vehicles.

That won’t change, said the Ohio Department of Transportation.

So a semi heading north to Cleveland on Interstates 77 or 71 traveling at 65 mph will have to slow down to 55 at the county line.

Police in communities near the Cuyahoga County line said they aren’t overly concerned about large trucks not slowing down when entering the county. They said speeding is more of an issue with automobile drivers.

Thank you to the Cuyahoga County Police for saying this. It has got to be the first time I have ever heard a statement like this coming from the police, especially in Ohio.

Larry Davis, president of the Ohio Trucking Association, which this year pushed for a unified speed limit for trucks and cars, said he was unaware of how the law was written. “The whole idea was to make them all the same,” he said.

The speed limit will be 65 for vehicles weighing more than 8,000 pounds empty and for noncommercial buses on all interstates “that had such a speed limit,” according to the law signed by Gov. Ted Strickland on April 1.

ODOT spokesman Scott Varner said that’s the way the law was written and it is what the department has to follow.

Sen. Tom Patton, a Strongsville Republican who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, said the law was intended for travel on open stretches of interstate, and he and other legislators knew truckers would have to drive slower in urban areas, including Cuyahoga County.

But Davis said the key is to have uniform speeds, so his organization may ask legislators to amend the law to allow truckers to drive 60 in areas where cars are driving the same speed.

Patton said that if the request is made, his committee would investigate what other states have done.

Ohio is one of only 11 states where the speed limit is different for cars and trucks. It is also among four states — with Illinois, Oregon and California — that still have a 55 mph speed limit for trucks.

The discrepancy between one interstate speed limit for all of Cuyahoga County and varying speed limits in other counties, like Lake and Lorain, occurred in 1996 after Congress repealed the 55 mph federal speed limit law, allowing states to set their own speed limits.

Ohio lawmakers decided the speed limit on interstates would be 65 but gave ODOT 120 days to set a lower limit if it could be justified for safety considerations.
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Women in Trucking are Truck Drivers too

June 26th, 2009

First of all, in order to clear this up, I am not talking about the WIT  group (Women in Trucking) that’s on the internet. I am, however, talking about the “Real Women” out here that drive up and down the road, hauling the same freight as you guys do everyday.

Maybe, some of you had not noticed that there are many women truck drivers, doing the same job as the men. There are a lot of them doing it as solo drivers as well. For the most part,  many of the women I have seen out on the road driving tractor trailers are a LOT better drivers than most of the men.

They are doing their part to be part of a workforce that is dominated by men. I see a lot of husband and wife teams running up and down the road. I am also beginning to see a lot of solo women drivers, I mean, I guess they are solo because I do not see driving partners with them.

Today women truck drivers are NOT supposed to be portrayed as sexual objects, in the trucking industry, as they were years ago. Women have come a long way, and my guess is that they are not going anywhere soon (I hope). But the way some men, or should I say leeches, treat women today I wouldn’t blame them if they did. Companies often overlook a woman as being a good candidate for a position simply because they are a woman, especially in the trucking industry. I know, for a fact, my now female terminal manager was told a few months ago she could not have the job because she was a woman. Well she is now the terminal manager and does a fine job as terminal manager.

It used to be the only women you saw around trucks were prostitutes. That has dramatically changed now, and I for one am glad to see it. Nothing I hate more than to be in the bunk sleeping and here come the prostitutes.

Most men out here think that the women should be quiet, and don’t want them around trucking, and think they should go to work in the truck stop parking lots. Well, I’ve got a news flash for you boys. These are hard working, more dependable, more professional truck drivers than most of you will ever know how to be. I am glad to be trucking along right beside these women everyday out here.

This post was written with the help of “TruckerDesiree”

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Tractor-Trailer Hijacked In South Nashville

June 25th, 2009

“The men forced the sleeping driver out of the cab at about 3:15 a.m. on Grandview Avenue”, said police.

The tractor-trailer driver was waiting for the nearby Electronic Express store to open Thursday morning to deliver a variety of products.

The driver said the men woke him by banging on the doors, then knocked out his windows, threw him out of the cab and held him at gunpoint.

After the vehicle was hijacked, the men headed toward Interstate 440 with the trailer and electronic equipment.

The truck is a white 2006 Freightliner with Ohio tags and has “Interstate Carrier Trailer” printed on the side with No. 184 on the cab.
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Turkey Causes Tractor Trailer Accident

June 24th, 2009

OGDENSBURG, NY – State Police say that a turkey caused a tractor-trailer accident on Pinkerton Road in Oswegatchie yesterday afternoon.

According to reports, Scott M. Fisher, 38, of Lisbon was traveling west on Pinkerton Road when a turkey flew into the cab of his tractor-trailer through an open window. Fisher became distracted by the bird and was attempting to remove it from the truck when his vehicle crossed the eastbound lane and went off the south shoulder. The truck struck several fence posts and a National Grid pole before coming to a rest on its side in a ditch.

Mr. Fisher was not injured in the accident.

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YRC Worldwide gets unloaded from S&P MidCap 400

June 24th, 2009

YRC Worldwide Inc. will lose its place in the Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 index Monday because of its falling market capitalization.

Standard & Poor’s said this week that Fossil Inc. (Nasdaq: FOSL) would take YRC’s place in the index. Align Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) will replace Fossil in the S&P SmallCap 600.

YRC had a market cap of about $100 million at the close of trading on Monday, which ranked it 400th in the MidCap 400 index, S&P said. YRC’s market cap, calculated by multiplying its share price by the number of outstanding shares, fell 7.1 percent on Tuesday, to $93.3 million.

The Overland Park-based trucking giant (Nasdaq: YRCW) has been hit by falling freight volumes, posting a $257.4 million loss in the first quarter. It has been selling property, cutting costs, laying off workers, deferring pension payments and reducing wages to cope with business declines.
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Rules kick in for parking RVs, large trucks

June 24th, 2009

Police badge? Check. Gun? Check. Measuring tape? Check.

Montgomery County Police have an added law-enforcement tool on their belts to help enforce parking restrictions that ban large vehicles from most public roads. Trailers, recreational and commercial vehicles are subject to $75 tickets beginning July 1.

Police outreach, including neon stickers on vehicles illegally parked, community meetings and fliers have been distributed to educate motorists, which the County Council passed unanimously Jan. 27.

“It’s not like we’ve shut down the county, we’ve just prohibited some of the places people can park commercial trucks and recreational vehicles,” said County Councilman Michael J. Knapp (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown.

Recreational vehicles such as campers, motor homes and boats will be allowed to park on county roads for 18 hours for loading and unloading, said Capt. Thomas Didone, commander of the 5th District police station. Commercial vehicles — a vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds and more than 21 feet long and eight feet high — will be restricted to industrially zoned streets. Motorists can park commercial vehicles if it is being used for work at the time or if it is a bus dropping off or picking up passengers, Didone said.

“We’re going out that day and doing enforcement and we’ll see how many people are actually following the new law,” Didone said.

As long as pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles don’t exceed restrictions, residents won’t be ticketed but should consider “parking those in their driveway,” Didone said.

“If need be, officers will measure trucks and trailers in order to find out if it is in violation,” said police spokeswoman Officer Megan Duffey, who said all officers were issued measuring tapes.
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I-84 reopened after acid spill

June 23rd, 2009

BAKER CITY – Both lanes of I-84 are back open in eastern Oregon.

Oregon State Police say the interstate was shut down for several hours Monday evening, after a semi rollover spilled acid onto I-84 eastbound, west of Baker City. The incident occurred around 5 p.m.

Officials say a Washington truck driver was seriously injured in the crash. He was airlifted to Saint Alphonsus in Boise.

OSP says a station wagon was having mechanical problems and slowed down and a semi behind it tried to move onto the shoulder to avoid hitting it, but that caused the semi to roll onto its side.

Officials say about 300 to 400 gallons of liquid chromic acid spilled on the road and that chemical can be hazardous to breathe in.
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Authorities looking for Berlin Bautista transportation dispatch clerk for dot foods

June 23rd, 2009

Berlin Bautista was a dispatcher for DOT Foods in Liverpool,NY. He kept track of the travels and expenses of truck drivers. But, it is the way he was doing it that concerns the police, and they want to talk to him.

Sounds to me like he was doing a double dip, as he added money to fuel cards for drivers, he made duplicate demands and the duplicated money went into his own bank account.

He is accused of making over $20 thousand in profits over a four month time period. Sgt. Robert Conley, with the Fugitive Task Force says, “He tried to pin the blame on truck drivers who had the cards issued to them, when the money was going into his own account.”

He was living on Syracuse’s North Side, and investigators are learning about his ties to New Jersey and Detroit.

The Fugitive Task Force is looking for anyone who has information on Batista’s whereabouts, or any history on him. In April, Bautista was living on Highland Street in the city of Syracuse.

If he’s caught, Bautista is facing charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records. He’s 5’ 5“ and weighs 150 pounds

If you have any information on where he could be living now, give the Fugitive Task Force a call at 473-7625.

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