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Todd Dills

No foolin’

| September 10, 2008

Public radio program Marketplace, in a Monday spot about this summer’s boost in public transit ridership, dropped this nugget in the segment’s lead: “>Last time oil prices were this low it was April Fool’s Day.” True, but diesel’s average for last week, down more than six cents from the previous week, was still a dime or so above the April Fool’s Day average, and on that practical jokester’s minefield of a day, truckers and national media were chasing rumors of an owner-operator shutdown, all of which ultimately culminated in a truckers/motorists convoy on the U.S. Capitol April 28, when the diesel price was $4.17 a gallon. Yesterday’s average was $4.05. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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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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