Readers Speak Out

| February 01, 2002

I am not telling you my story so you will feel sorry for me. I am sure that there are a number of drivers out there who, for one reason or another, falsify their logs to cover up the fact that they are violating the 10-hour rule or the 15-hour rule.

It doesn’t make any difference why you do it, whether it is to drive more hours to make more money or to drive more hours to get home faster (which is what I did). Either way, it’s a crime. If the government checks your records, the truth will come out.

So, now, on top of the awful guilt I bear for killing someone with my carelessness, I may lose my liberty and will certainly lose my license, and maybe my livelihood, too.

So let my story be a lesson to you, one you take to heart; and be meticulous with your record-keeping. Don’t let what happened to me happen to you, or you might not be able to “keep on trucking.”
Kenneth Butler
Martinsburg, Pa.


Parking Courtesy
As professional drivers we all know that there is a shortage of truck parking. As one of these drivers, the two things that irritate me the most are inconsiderate bobtail drivers who use a whole tractor-trailer space, and tractor-trailer drivers who use two or more spaces to park.

Bobtails, it is much easier for you to find a place to park. Please don’t use the few tractor-trailer spaces available. Tractor-trailer drivers using two or more spaces, please take a few more minutes to straighten your rig out so someone else can use those spaces.

Please remember we are professionals, so let’s show some consideration when parking.
Shawn Dixon
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Write us
Send your letters by mail to 3200 Rice Mine Road N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 or by fax to (205) 750-8070 or by e-mail to rgrider@eTrucker.com.

Letters must include your name, address and phone number for verification and must be no longer than 500 words.

Letters are subject to editing.

Readers Speak Out

| February 01, 2002

I am not telling you my story so you will feel sorry for me. I am sure that there are a number of drivers out there who, for one reason or another, falsify their logs to cover up the fact that they are violating the 10-hour rule or the 15-hour rule.

It doesn’t make any difference why you do it, whether it is to drive more hours to make more money or to drive more hours to get home faster (which is what I did). Either way, it’s a crime. If the government checks your records, the truth will come out.

So, now, on top of the awful guilt I bear for killing someone with my carelessness, I may lose my liberty and will certainly lose my license, and maybe my livelihood, too.

So let my story be a lesson to you, one you take to heart; and be meticulous with your record-keeping. Don’t let what happened to me happen to you, or you might not be able to “keep on trucking.”
Kenneth Butler
Martinsburg, Pa.


Parking Courtesy
As professional drivers we all know that there is a shortage of truck parking. As one of these drivers, the two things that irritate me the most are inconsiderate bobtail drivers who use a whole tractor-trailer space, and tractor-trailer drivers who use two or more spaces to park.

Bobtails, it is much easier for you to find a place to park. Please don’t use the few tractor-trailer spaces available. Tractor-trailer drivers using two or more spaces, please take a few more minutes to straighten your rig out so someone else can use those spaces.

Please remember we are professionals, so let’s show some consideration when parking.
Shawn Dixon
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Write us
Send your letters by mail to 3200 Rice Mine Road N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 or by fax to (205) 750-8070 or by e-mail to rgrider@eTrucker.com.

Letters must include your name, address and phone number for verification and must be no longer than 500 words.

Letters are subject to editing.

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