Todd Dills

‘Safety Belts Save Lives’ — an art contest for the kids

Here's an opportunity for the arts-prone grade-schooler in your life to show his/her stuff to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, a wide a collaboration of the FMCSA and various work safety and law enforcement organizations. The “Be Ready. Be Buckled” art contest for children is now in its fourth year, asking children to enter with some kind of expression in artwork of the importance of the basic safety practice of buckling up. Winning posters ...

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700,000 prophylactics yanked from cargo container

You just can't discount the humor in some cargo thefts -- long as, of course, it's not your load getting boosted. While in the cases of the zoo-bound camels and tiger heisted in Quebec or the stolen load of green highlighters in South Carolina there was at least a probability, albeit a small one, that a reader may have felt picked on, I feel pretty certain no one reading this post was the victim of ...

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‘Showing Severe’ w/ Texas dump fleet

I met the Redwines of Nederland, Texas, at the Great American Trucking Show last year by the back bumper of Jerry Redwine's prize-winning 2007 Peterbilt 378 tri-axle dump (pictured). The labor of love is a hardworking truck in Redwine construction business. Powered by a Caterpillar C13 boosted to 600 hp and an Eaton 8 LL off-road transmission, the tri-axle main unit is evidence of a “bad habit” the young Redwine inherited from his father and ...

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International, Kenworth dealership owners give name — and more — to medical tower

A $5 million gift from Marshall and Katherine Cymbaluk of Everett, Wash., owners of the Motor Trucks three-location International dealership in Western Washington state and Kenworth Northwest, with six locations in Washington and Alaska, made possible the new medical tower of Providence Regional Medical Center in the Cymbaluks' hometown. The center thanked them for what ranks as the largest philanthropic gift Providence Everett has ever received by naming the tower after them.  "It is also ...

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Best jobs of 2011: ‘Truck Driver’ ranks 171st

And that's out of a total 200, listed from "best to worst" by the folks at careercast.com and publicized in a Wall Street Journal piece early in January. They claim to have based their rankings on five separate factors -- physical demands, work environment, income, employment outlook, and stress -- and "Truck Driver" ratings in those categories all stand at about the middle level. Cumulatively, the often high-stress, physically demanding highway environment, a neutral employment ...

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International ocean carriers, truckers, navigate trouble in Egypt

When I made a brief note about unrest brewing over rising food prices and the general employment situation in the North African states of Algeria and Tunisia in my post about the 2008 oil bubble (and current one, if we can consider it such -- final word still out on that), little did I know how much would change in two weeks in the reigon. Since, of course, the Tunisian dictator has decamped and, inspired ...

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Snow, snow, more snow; making the most of it

A Pilot Flying J stop on I-70 in Warrenton, Mo., is the subject of reporting on National Public Radio today, and I'd bet you can guess the subject matter. Hear audio of the story, which will be available at about 7 p.m. ET this evening. Suffice to say that truckstop employees Terri Brackney and Greg Stratton have quite a story to tell about what happened at their stop on the section of the interstate that ...

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‘Carhartt Tough’ contest finalists include two truckers

Not exactly long-haul drivers, John Irish from West Allis, Minn., and Bubba Peters from Seattle, Wash., are two of 12 finalists in the national Are You Carhartt Tough? Contest. Voting will continue from today through  Feb. 28 at www.CarharttRental.com, and two grand prize winners will be selected based on the public’s votes. The contest began a year ago and asked for nominations, during which the nominee told his/her personal "Carhartt-tough" story, detailing how exactly the workwear stood ...

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Curtain falls on new scale house inspection technology, opens on EOBRs

I just finished a visit with Lieutenant James A. McKenzie and troopers at the Greene County, Tenn., scales on I-81, where  among other events I had the perhaps unfortunate occasion to witness an oversize hauler being put out of service due to a brake inefficiency. But perhaps more interestingly, today is the day, McKenzie said, that the pilot program the scale house is conducting to test new wireless roadside inspection (WRI) technology officially ends. It's ...

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TyroneMalone.net adds a Facebook page; more on driver pay

Since I wrote about TyroneMalone.net site proprietor and owner-operator Ken Harris in the October edition of Truckers News and in Overdrive in smaller form around the same time, Harris has continued to make strides keeping the memory of onetime diesel showman Tyrone Malone and his apocryphal Bandal Diesel Racing Team alive. Most recently, he's launched a Facebook page for fans to share memories and new finds of pictures and such. Check it out, or click on ...

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