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Old 07-06-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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You know those signs on the back of trucks that say "How is my driving "Truck #TW-xxx Call 1-800......"
I have never called one till last Tuesday. I felt I must before someone/anyone was hurt. It was a Lance cracker delivery truck (like a bread truck) I was on a 2 lane rural state highway in my Jeep and this guy was moving right along rather quickly. I'm not sure if he was drunk, on the phone, or whatever, ..... but in the 3 miles I was behind him on this 2 lane he went left of center at least 3 times and over the white line on the right at least 6 or 7 times with 1 gravel/grass encounter to boot.
So as he turned onto a 4 lane on ramp i got close enough to read the phone number and truck number. So I actually made the call and gave info on him. So on the 4 lane He is now doing 65 in a 55 though a town where you just don't do that.
I get off the phone and get on a off ramp to cross a bridge into Ashland KY and He ends up right in front of me.
Traffic was stop and go on the bridge,.....So he rear ends a late model GMC pickup at about 15MPH. no one appeared injured.
I went up and asked if anyone hurt, both said no. Both vehicle got bent frames as the bumpers lined up and took the full force.
Mr Lance driver asked the guy in the pickup your truck is ok, right?? (You could tell he was fishing to see if the pickup man didn't notice the bumper bent downward) Pickup man says NO!! as bumper and hitch are bent down at about 20 degrees from level.
I drove around then and diialed 911 to report the crash........
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Sounds like he was under the influence of something. As an employer, I would want people to call if my drivers were driving erratically.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:35 PM   #3
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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For alot of these guys their employers are surely to blame. Some are timed between stops as well as have a long list of expected stops to make in a day. The employer sets up the situation, but the employee takes all the consequences.
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For alot of these guys their employers are surely to blame. Some are timed between stops as well as have a long list of expected stops to make in a day. The employer sets up the situation, but the employee takes all the consequences.
No the driver is the one to blame.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #6
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Isn't that why Domino's got rid of their 30-minute delivery guarantee -- because they acknowledged that their drivers were speeding to make it?

In any case, that sounds a lot like a driver texting to me. See it all too often.
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About two months ago in Odessa, Texas a Fed-Ex local delivery driver had a wreck. He ran a red light and ended up in some one's back yard. The police arrive and he is arrested for DUI. He was drunk. I guess he had a liquid lunch.

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Same AS

Is that the same thing as "Optical Rectitus"?
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Is that the same thing as "Optical Rectitus"?


Same symptoms, but much more serious. No cure for either one!
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I called a trucking company about one driver. Going at least 35 in a 20 mph school zone.
Another one was in a local supermarket parking lot. He ran a stop sign and laid on the horn when I turned in front of him in our small 11 pass bus full of retired residents. He was totally in the wrong and it took me hours of searching on the Internet to find a phone # for the delivery company.
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You know those signs on the back of trucks that say "How is my driving "Truck #TW-xxx Call 1-800......"
I have never called one till last Tuesday. I felt I must before someone/anyone was hurt. It was a Lance cracker delivery truck (like a bread truck) I was on a 2 lane rural state highway in my Jeep and this guy was moving right along rather quickly. I'm not sure if he was drunk, on the phone, or whatever, ..... but in the 3 miles I was behind him on this 2 lane he went left of center at least 3 times and over the white line on the right at least 6 or 7 times with 1 gravel/grass encounter to boot.
So as he turned onto a 4 lane on ramp i got close enough to read the phone number and truck number. So I actually made the call and gave info on him. So on the 4 lane He is now doing 65 in a 55 though a town where you just don't do that.
I get off the phone and get on a off ramp to cross a bridge into Ashland KY and He ends up right in front of me.
Traffic was stop and go on the bridge,.....So he rear ends a late model GMC pickup at about 15MPH. no one appeared injured.
I went up and asked if anyone hurt, both said no. Both vehicle got bent frames as the bumpers lined up and took the full force.
Mr Lance driver asked the guy in the pickup your truck is ok, right?? (You could tell he was fishing to see if the pickup man didn't notice the bumper bent downward) Pickup man says NO!! as bumper and hitch are bent down at about 20 degrees from level.
I drove around then and diialed 911 to report the crash........
What kind of response did you get when you called the company?
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Not all truck drivers

are 'Knights of The Road'.

Because I'm as high as they are I see them on cell phones very often.

But the worst thing I ever saw was the one using a crack pipe. I dialled 911 and turned him in. (I was not as high as he was in that case )

It's a sad thing that I even know what a crack pipe looks like but at least 'those' neighbors have moved away.
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I've tried calling the local cops when this sort of stuff happens. Has never gotten me anywhere, even if really dangerous. Cops typically ask if you could identify the person's face in court. Of course you can't, because the guy was passing a double yellow at twice the speed limit. What are YOU supposed to do? Go even faster to get his plate # and stare at his face?? Did manage twice in the past but the cops don't seem to care..... Better to call the company on the truck or contact the insurance co (we have a province-wide one).

Once upon a time, if you saw a driver weaving all over, it was because of alcohol. Now it's usually because of cell phones, I-pads and texting. It's banned here now but still happens a lot. I see it a lot in Wa. state where it is still okay. Very unnerving to see what some do.

If I did see something seriously dangerous or suspicious, I wouldn't hesitate to call 911 tho.

On one plate # that I positively ID'd, the cops said the vehicle did not match the plate and they could not do anything. Hmmm, maybe the car was stolen? DW got hit near us once and it turned out the driver had a plate from another car. Got reported to the insurance co. and they sure took action. The guy refused to show DW his driver's licence and give contact info., but she had the presence of mind to whip out her cell phone and take some pics of him and car. He was apparently flipping plates between several cars.

Cell phones, I-pads and texting are bad enough, but then you add drugs and/or delivery people into the mix and it's a recipe for a disaster. I got severely rear-ended once by a pickup truck. I saw the guy approaching me at a high rate of speed in a 30mph zone for a mile or two. Estimated twice the speed limit. He was weaving back and forth a lot as he approached. I was stopped at an intersection waiting to turn left and glanced up at my rear-view mirror and whammo.... I still vividly recall the mirror standing still while the car got propelled 100' or so forward. I got out okay and the first thing the other driver did is hand me his cell phone and asked if I wanted to call 911. I had a bright orange car and it was a bright clear day and clear road. He seemed pretty lucid so I am positive he was on the phone and distracted. I ended up with permanent spinal damage. The only thing he suffered was having to pay his deductible. Great system.

I have zero tolerance for distracted drivers, those on drugs and those that ignore rules of the road in a dangerous manner. ZERO tolerance. Problem is, it's so dang commonplace. Cops generally don't do anything (at least here) and always say the same party line "it's the same all over" or "we don't have the resources". We never have any traffic enforcement around here in our municipality and it's like the wild west. Seems to me it's a lot stricter in the US?
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