Todd Dills

Get your Ice Road Truckers DVDs while the roads remain

Yes, it was only a matter of time, I'd say, before a newspaper in the Great White North did a long feature on the potential impact melting sea ice in the Arctic and changing climate patterns due south of it could have on an important part of the Canadian economy -- and our own television viewing. The Globe and Mail, Canada's newspaper of record, in late May published a wide-ranging feature on global warming's impact on ...

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One trucker’s video of April flooding on I-29 in North Dakota

File this one under "Old news" if you like (or under "Don't try this at home" or "Not the greatest decision"), but to get the week started here I thought I'd share a vid from the April flooding of I-29 near the North Dakota/Minnesota border, as shared by the folks at the N.D. Grand Forks Herald newspaper's website. Purportedly shot by a truck driver, en route along I-29 north of Manvel, N.D., headed northbound, the ...

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New speed governor: Public art on the roadways

No, it's not a joke the Kansas DOT is playing on truckers and motorists -- nor any kind of sophisticated speed trap. Click through the thumbnail of the picture at right here for a story from the Olathe News on the Kansas City Star's website about Gastinger Walker Harden architect Joel Marquardt's Art-n-R-Park public art project/series, of which this curious sign is part. It sits on Roe Boulevard between West 48th Street and  I-35 in Roeland Park, ...

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Bank robbery: The things some will do for health care

Perhaps you've heard this story already -- desperate for something he thinks is totally out of his financial range, man does something over-the-top, creating a national media circus along the way. The latest variant comes from Gaston County in North Carolina in the form of a former beverage delivery driver feeling so much in need of medical care and not wanting to be a burden on extended family, he says, that he concocted and executed a ...

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‘Medically certified’ — join us for radio show Wednesday to probe driver health regs

At 7 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow evening (Wed., June 22) I'll join Truth About Trucking Live hosts Allen & Donna Smith as well as my colleague Max Kvidera for a special show probing the issues raised by the current, June Truckers News cover story Kvidera and I penned about state and federal regs for driver medical certification. Joining us will be a special guest, a big-hearted driver I wrote about in my portion of the ...

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What are the top ten trucking songs of all-time?

Planning for Overdrive's 50th anniversary this year, we want to hear from you with recommendations for a top-ten list of the best trucking songs of all time. Lest I unduly influence the process, I will refrain here from mentioning my own top-ten, but let's say potential contenders could range from classics by Red Sovine to "Eastbound and Down" to the more recent, such as Pure Grain's "Trucking Song" or many a tune penned by owner-operator-crooners ...

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Jason’s Law national call-in day June 23; drivers urge action

Last year it came on the heels of calls for passage from often at-odds constituencies in the industry, and this year, drivers and other industry parties are following similar unity after Jason's Law's May reintroduction to the 112th U.S. Congress by New York Congressman Paul Tonko to urge drivers to make vocal their support next week, June 23. (For video of the press conference reintroducing the legislation, see the bottom of this post.) The legislation, H.R. ...

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4 State’s Bryan Martin on Joplin rebuilding efforts in All Drivers Together conference call

In a conference call last week put together by the All Drivers Together group, a collaboration of owner-operators and drivers opening up a free conference line to drivers and others in the trucking industry around the nation to network and share information toward industry betterment, 4 State Trucks' Bryan Martin noted the shift in efforts around his home city of Joplin, Mo., to rebuilding in a big way last week. "This week, it’s cleanup crews ...

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82-year-old gets a trucking wish; Minnesota horse northbound and down

Queen of the road A story in the Doylestown, Pa., Intelligencer newspaper details the Twilight Wish Foundation's efforts to grant a long-haul wish to 82-year-old Margarette Kirsch. In late May, she set out of a 15-day journey from Philly to California and back to her Merritt Island, Fla., home with trucker Annabella Wood at the wheel, the culmination of events Intelligencer reporter Kristina Kristofic details in the piece. It's a fantastic look at a singular individual ...

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Transport for Christ truck rally this Fri-Sat

The Transport for Christ organization's efforts to connect with and spread the good news to and of the trucking industry extends far beyond their mobile chapels and efforts to unite drivers in the fight against humna trafficking, which I wrote about several weeks ago. They're rewarding the greater community of drivers and owner-operators again this year with their annual truck rally and show, coming up this weekend Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, in Kidron and ...

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