Todd Dills

Texting re-redux — new consumer survey on DWT

That's right: it's just a hash mark away from DWI, and according to DOT, reaction times are roughly equivalent to those of a driver at the 0.08 alcohol limit. A study by the online electronics retailer and product-review site Retrevo puts the share of automobile drivers who frequently "text, use Facebook, or Twitter" while behind the wheel at a minuscule 7 percent (a more likely accurate 34 percent of drivers said they do it "sometimes"). ...

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Going back to Cali

A little California dreaming today, folks. A new story in the Riverside-based Press-Enterprise details the low volumes of pre-holiday freight coming through the L.A./Long Beach ports this year, but that's just one of the state's many trucking-related problems. The reefer unit and port-serving trucks emissions rules come online at the end of the year, and many fleets and owner-operators are now scrambling to stay in compliance. /ppMy "Ports of Confusion" feature in the October Overdrive ...

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Howard Salmon — owner-operator, musicmaker, and so much more…

a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SsYic-UZO7I/AAAAAAAAAbc/EGO7ipcYaoU/s1600-h/howardwithtruck.JPG"img style="MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 400px; FLOAT: right; HEIGHT: 268px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5388031885355596722" border="0" alt="" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SsYic-UZO7I/AAAAAAAAAbc/EGO7ipcYaoU/s400/howardwithtruck.JPG" //aDid I mention emOverdrive /emTrucker of the Month for October? Howard Salmon (pictured), the part-time Hawaii resident and full-time reefer-hauling independent whose first country-music record a href="http://channel19.blogspot.com/2009/08/trucks-made-of-gold-by-hawaiian-owner.html"I posted about/aa href="http://channel19.blogspot.com/2009/08/trucks-made-of-gold-by-hawaiian-owner.html" here/a several weeks back, had a rough go of it in mid-September, just as we were putting to bed the October Trucker of the Month story ...

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Trucker appreciation at Johnson’s Corner Truckstop

Apologies to haulers who passed through Denver yesterday for not catching this earlier -- I was undoubtedly distracted by other things on my computer. In any case, the Loveland, Colo., truckstop Johnson's Corner celebrated their driver-appreciation day by offering various entertainment through the day and, most significantly, doling out free dogs, burgers and soft drinks to commercial drivers stopping in. Big deal, you say? Here's the rub: if you don't know it already, Johnson's Corner ...

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Getting out of hand?

When I wrote Friday about the media ramp-up to the U.S. Department of Transportation's so-called "distracted driving summit," which begins today, noting the broad definition of on-board technology in some safety groups' analyses of in-cab distraction, little did I know that the New York Times would follow with a more supposedly in-depth look at the subject on Sunday that, well, might have given some credence at least to my "here's hoping it all doesn't get ...

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Struggling but surviving

The demise of the owner-operator has been a hot topic for more than 30 years, says Overdrive Trucker of the Year Steve Brosnan. "Every time I...

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Trucker Desiree

Driver helping tune minds to the big issues of the day The last week in July marked something of a turning point for the issue o...

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Prominent coverage of truckstop chaplain

Chaplain Joe Hunter's Truckstop Ministries, Inc., organization just got a bump in attention -- at least from people outside the trucking community. CNN ran a story about Hunter and his ministry on their site, part of their "Road Warriors: Traveling Tactics" series of special reports. Read it here; it's an interesting piece about an exuberant industry character ("Chaplain Joe," as Hunter is known, is himself a former driver, with 20 years on-road time under his ...

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Ohio owner-operator drives away with sweepstakes rig

It was quite the scene at Randally-Reilly Publishing headquarters in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday. The publishers of Custom Rigs magazine -- whose parent mag is Overdrive -- flew in the winner of its first-ever sweepstakes, John Lacusky of Ohio, to pick up the Chrome Shop Mafia-detailed Sequel, a 1998-model International 9400 he won when his name was drawn from thousands who put in in advance of the Great American Trucking Show last month in Dallas.Lacusky ...

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Commercial driver texting ban gets media legs

In advance of U.S. DOT's finally scheduled "distracted driving summit" next week, it might come as no surprise that the alliance of safety groups known as Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (saferoads.org) held a press conference and announced their petition to DOT to restrict or outright prohibit the use of electronic devices while running down the road. Most of the attention of late has of course been on the activity of texting, specifically, after ...

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