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Old 04-25-2019, 10:29 AM   #29
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I get the reason for the laws. You need to give these people a safe area to do their job, and so they can do it without becoming a statistic. The problem I have with making it a law, is that now you have people doing stupid things like coming over on the car next to them because they don't want a ticket. If they remove their head from a very dark place and pay attention, they will have more situational awareness. They will see what is coming and realize that they can't just change lanes. There has to be a happy medium. People are driving down the road, playing on their cell phone, looking for a good song on the radio. I recently saw a guy who had a hands free phone, and he was having a conversation with his radio. He must have been Italian, because he thought hands free meant he could take both hands off the wheel to make his point. That's ok if you're sitting at a light, but not doing 65 MPH. By the way, my wife is Italian so I speak from experience.

Lets keep the guys on the shoulder safe, but rather than make an unsafe maneuver, hug the center line and slow down.
I agree with all you said EXCEPT the part about having a problem about making it the law. I wonder if you would feel the same about it if it was YOUR son on the side of the road? MY SON IS! As a tow truck operator he comes home every day telling about drivers not distracted or on cellphones, but just too careless to move over. Yes, sir, make it a nationwide law with mandatory stiff fines for anyone who won't SAFELY move over & slow down to protect those folks working on our roads!
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Old 05-01-2019, 04:27 PM   #30
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They made an arrest.
https://www.nbc12.com/2019/04/30/hit...-truck-driver/
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This is yet another sad example of the self-centered nature of so many people these days. I can't even imagine having hit a person and not stopping to provide assistance. I guess the driver was in a hurry to get to wherever he was going for Easter dinner! No doubt he wanted Easter to bring peace, joy and happiness to his family without any concern about the family of the person he had just struck!
Assuming it was a male ( he)
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Unfortunately this happens way too often.
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Wish that was true. My Friday drive was east bound in ih20 from Dallas to Tyler.

One thing about Texas drivers, they usually avoid the right lane all together !!! :(
That stretch of I-20 is especially dangerous. It needs to be 8 lanes. Texas people can't wait to go to La to give them their money. But there is a lot of truck travel there also. You really have to be on your game to avoid an accident. The left lane by law is for passing only, but you are right. Some people don't know when to pull back into the right lane.
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Tow operator hit on I-95

I am an incident management specialist and I teach best practices for roadway operations throughout my state. We lose 40-60 tow operators a year in the US struck and killed by drivers who are drunk, drugged, drowsy, distracted, dumb, etc. (We also lose 10 LEOs and 10 fire/ems people a year.) All 50 states have a slow down move over law but too few police officers to enforce it. A serious work in progress.
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We live in Arizona where it is the law to slow down or move over. When we were down because of blowouts , the 53' truckers liked to see how close the could come to me while I was changing the tire. Oh! No! They had no one in the left hand lane. It appears to be sport for some. Maybe not all, but the ones that do this give the others a bad name.

The best are when you move over into the left hand lane there is always a four-wheeler passing you on the right when going past someone with flashing lights. And they are honking their horn and giving you the finger.
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