Four-wheelers get their fair share

| November 12, 2009

In all the hubbub surrounding the CSA 2010 safety initiative from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which the agency hopes will improve safety among motor carriers and drivers of large trucks when fully implemented, ...

Poetic salute from unlikely quarters

| November 11, 2009

Ann Campanella (pictured) is a journalist-turned-poet whose collection Young amp; Ripe, published by the folks at Charlotte-based Main Street Rag this year, chronicles via short verse the spirit of youth. Her "Six Days on the ...

Owner-operator takes delivery of first Lonestar Harley special edition

| November 10, 2009

Twenty-year trucking veteran and current owner-operator Chris Hawker, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, took delivery in late October of the first Harley special edition of the International Lonestar Class 8 tractor (pictured). In a ceremony in ...

From outside in: Top 10 things learned in a rig on the highway

| November 06, 2009

Joan Duggan Connell (pictured) penned this lead letter in the Speakout department of this month's edition of Overdrive. While we had to run it in short form due to space limitations of the section, for ...

Latest stowaways in UK

| November 05, 2009

The London-based Sun newspaper reported last week on seven men and likewise seven teenagers reportedly from Iraq and Afghanistan discovered in a tanker full of corn starch bound for a town in the Wiltshire region. ...

Trucking; the key to Afghanistan stabilization

| November 04, 2009

At least economically, anyway -- such is the viewpoint of Washington Post defense correspondent, blogger and Fiasco author Tom Ricks, expressed in a relatively recent missive on the subject here, titled "Keep on Trucking, ...

I-80 tolls in PA: Third time’s a charm?

| November 03, 2009

News surfaced last week that Pennsylvania had once again applied for federal approval to add tolls to I-80 within the state's borders under a pilot program for tolling existing interstates (as a means of road ...

Klos Custom Trucks photo book

| November 02, 2009

It makes a great coffetable book at "280 photos splashed across 112 glossy pages," says photographer Robbie "Dingo" Rose, whom we've written about in this hall previously (you'll remember this post about Dingo's YouTube resume ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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