Todd Dills

Cell-phone jamming technology in your cab?

Much has been made of the inability and/or difficulty of state enforcement of the Department of Transportation's nationwide ban on handheld cellphone use behind the wheel. Last I've written about it you can find here and here. In the story at the former of those links, reader Martin GrosecIose put forward the notion that combating distraction among the general public on the roadways was getting to the point where it's just too little too late ...

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Union campaign to boost inspection dollars tars truckers

Can you imagine your state's government employees resorting to something like this? The image here is of a billboard, among other similar ads that are part of a campaign being waged by British Columbia, Canada's weigh-station inspection force for more funding, attempting to exploit the general public's supposed fear of Class 8 on-highway trucks. The Canadian Today's Trucking publication has a great story about the effort, spearheaded by the B.C. Government and Employees Union -- and North ...

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VID: Police chase ruins a container hauler’s day

Yesterday I suspect had to be the worst day in memory for the container hauler you see in the video below. A police chase of a suspected child molester in Los Angeles began when the suspect told police he was suicidal and sped away from their attempt to arrest him. Performing a maneuver to stop him shortly afterward, police spun his pickup into the rig. Here's hoping L.A. County picks up the tab on the damage ...

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Does the EOBR mandate have another problem?

Some believe the electronic on-board recorder mandate written in this year's highway bill could well be impossible to achieve, given the legislation's language defining the electronic logging devices.

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Bill Mack still in ‘friendly negotiations’ over return to SiriusXM

The latest on Bill Mack's plans for getting back in the saddle as the Midnight Cowboy on overnight radio.

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Jabin Bogan’s Mexico entry re-enacted

The latest news, from AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca in El Paso, Texas, notes that on July 5, U.S. truck driver Jabin Bogan's defense team gathered with local officials, prosecutors (which is trying Bogan on smuggling charges) and experts to "reenact" the alleged wrong turn that saw Bogan enter Mexico with a load of surplus ammunition bound for Phoenix Unfortunately, last week was a long-planned week off for myself and family and I missed the news ...

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UPDATE: Bill Mack not back yet

The day after we published the following look-back through some of the videos we've done with trucking radio legend Bill Mack, SiriusXM ran this July 2 update on the status of Mack's reported return as overnight D.J. on the Willie's Roadhouse channel -- as some of you commented on our Facebook page, quite rightly, he hasn't returned yet. Find the latest via this page.

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R.I.P. Sheriff ‘Cottonmouth’ — Ernest Borgnine dead at 95

The trucking-film classic "Convoy" costar played a sherriff who used CB subterfuge in attempts to undermine a group of protesting haulers in the 1970s Sam Peckinpah flick.

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PHOTOS: Tracked Land Rover put together by Bill Bradford

After I posted about South Pittsburg, Tenn.-based Bill Bradford's immaculate Kenworth cabover last week, I got a note from Bradford about a vehicle he came across on YouTube after looking back over his own KW's vid. Check out a couple pics of it below. You'll recall I noted in this post that, though Bradford's driven truck in recent years, his primary business has been in parts for old Land Rovers such as this one. This ...

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Rapper 50 cent rear-ended by … a lesser-known Kool Keith track

Over on the Juice blog at Billboard's website, word is rapper 50 Cent (pictured) collided with a Mack truck on the Long Island Expressway after the driver's load shifted, causing him to lose control of the rig. (The driver was OK.) Many of you may remember 50's "In Da Club" record from 2003, whose rolling rhythms were near inescapable from the windows of all manner of vehicles for years following. But 2003 also happens to be the ...

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