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Old 12-20-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Question Hand signal from truckers ?

On a 4 day trip (Alabama-Georgia) I got this hand signal from big rig truckers, 5 different times, I've asked around but nobody knows what it means, is it a Southern thing ? I've been cross country and never got this signal, like a peace sign but facing forward, I started returning the signal but didn't know if it was good or bad thing. Anyone seen this before ?
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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It's a red-neck cool guy wave.

If you're still unsure, fold the index finger when returning the next time, take note of reaction.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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I'm sure it means look out for the police, the fuzz.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:36 AM   #4
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Manuel B it's a casual way to say "what's up" "see ya later" or other greetings. I would consider the source though....coming from a trucker probably means what I described above unless the trucker is trying to play rock, paper, scissors with you in that case flash a rock symbol at them and win every time.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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Looks like " piece " on the side. :-)


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2 of you know what!!
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:01 PM   #7
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Because you have a unique rig, I would guess it's the same as a "Thumbs Up".
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If you're getting it when they're passing you, it means "I win" (you're number two)".
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What that means is police protection ahead. Some may flash their head lights at you also. This is how truckers communicated back in the good ol days before CB radioes, cell phones and computers. Some truckers still use the two sideways fingers today, as well as flashing lights. Now one finger, that's a whole different story, and probably not that your # 1 with them.
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Generally, it means Polizei.....Polizei.........
It is also popularly used by street gang members as a variant of the Roman numeral V meaning 'Five-O'....from a once popular TV show starring Jack Lord and a mythical Hawaiian state police force.
Actually, in the mid 1960's, then Hawaiian governor John Burns did legislate for a state police force but it never materialized. Supposedly, the detective's badges were to be numbered starting in the 50 or 'Five-O' range..........
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Thanks for the answers, my CB antenna was snapped off by a tree branch, and I pulled out the unit since I never used it anyway.
So I guess this signal is not something you return, just a thumbs up or OK, is this a national thing ?, I've only seen it in the South.
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A wave or "Salute" is a good response. and yes, that's a "Police ahead" signal.

Funny story.. I was listening to CB and hard a trucker "Break 19 for a smokey report" he reported a patrol car right about where I happened to be.. No I do admit to being a poiice dispatcher, but no way was my Hatchback a cop car. I mean the radio antennas were cut for

1: CB
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1: 2 Mtrs (5/8 wave)
1: 6 meters (52Mhz)

Police back then was 42 Mhx (A bit over 7 Meters) So my antenna was a bit short for a cop antenna. And it was a Hatchback, Only "Cop thing" about it is that it was blue.
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...It is also popularly used by street gang members as a variant of the Roman numeral V meaning 'Five-O'....from a once popular TV show starring Jack Lord and a mythical Hawaiian state police force...
It still is a popular TV show. Hawaii Five-O (updated version) airs Monday nights on CBS.
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It still is a popular TV show. Hawaii Five-O (updated version) airs Monday nights on CBS.
I haven't watched the re-do of the show, do they still say
"Book em Danno" ?
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