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Modest proposal: Ban all motorized transport already!

Buddy Wenners' December 2011 modest proposal for the Department of Transportation to dispense with all the rigmarole and "ban truck driving" -- penned in response to news of the handheld cell ban and otherwise the blizzard of new regs coming down the pike -- yesterday got some kudos from commenter Zach Bell. It'd be exciting, wrote Bell, to see "which make of horse and wagon takes the Ford F150 pickup truck’s spot as the no. 1 ...

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Truckers to DOT: ‘Smartphones are winning’

Smartphones are whipping the Department of Transportation in the battle for the attention of the motoring public, wrote Whitesboro, Texas-based Pennco Transportation driver Martin Groseclose on Overdrive’s Facebook page, in response to last week's news of the DOT’s strategy for dealing with the epidemic of four-wheeler distracted driving. If you missed said news, check it out via this link -- it detailed plans to encourage states to pass anti-handheld phone use/texting laws and efforts to ...

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New iPhone app from Load Delivered Logistics 3PL

Carriers utilizing the Load Delivered Logistics provider for loads now have access to the company's freight pool via an iPhone and iPad app that the company says provides not only the ability to view and bid on available freight but includes robust filtering tools. Carriers can search for shipments by using a variety of criteria, including current location, desired location, radius, date and equipment type. Additionally, Load Finder users can create a favorite list to ...

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Dodging bullets from on high

Look up, drivers. Just when you think you're safe -- rig in the lane, four-wheelers keeping a good distance off your back bumper, new regs falling from on high fully accounted for -- occasionally, something like this happens. Click through the link to watch a video interview (which aired last week on a local Georgia TV station) with Atlanta-based 25-year veteran hauler Danny Lower, about an incident in Catoosa County in his home state that could ...

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Connect with Love’s on your phone

Since its debut in mid-2011, the Love’s Connect smartphone app for iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices has seen multiple upgrades aimed at streamlining and cementing users’ connections to Love’s Travel Stops’ services. Today, the app not only provides an efficient stop locator tool, but drivers can utilize one-touch contact of Love’s nationwide dispatch service for roadside assistance, info on bulk DEF prices (in addition to fuel prices) and parking data for each stop. The app ...

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Stiff wind to pay the toll: The 2011 Channel 19 year in review

What better way to start the new year than with a look back on the previous? I did it last year, after all, so let's make it a tradition, how bout? The Chinese Year of the Rabbit saw all manner of issues hopping in and out of the national on-highway spotlight, bookended by a proposed hours-of-service rule and its ultimate issuance, slightly reducing potential weekly work hours. Bound up in the discussion was, as any regular ...

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Drivers’ safety conversation continues

If the handheld cell ban for drivers (which goes into effect Jan. 3) has done anything for the nation's interstate haulers, it's upped the ante on the conversation on this blog about the direction of safety in the industry. Driver and radio host Big Al Weekley is back today with a lament for the safety practices of some among the driving public, with some strong ideas for change that are heavy on veterans' personal responsibility. ...

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Kicking the habit: Why a blanket cell-phone ban won’t work

As if hearing the plethora of truck drivers' objections to the prohibitions on handheld cell use in-cab while driving, minus any similar prohibition for the motoring public and given the wide problem of motorist distraction on the highways, the National Transportation Safety Board formally recommended that all personal electronic devices be banned from use while driving by everyone in all 50 states and D.C. (except in emergency situations and unless they aid the driving task). All ...

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Modest proposal: ‘Ban truck driving’

The comments on the news of the handheld cellphone ban while driving for the interstate pilots of the nation's tractor-trailer rigs continue to come in. (Read them for yourself here, including among them at the very end a reaction by driver Wayne Leverton to witnessing a state patrol officer in Washington State use both hands to manipulate a mounted laptop over a mile or two of straight highway.) Reactions run the gamut from muted support to ...

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Texting temptation: A little ditty — and more — to help you resist

A little good humor today -- with a safety message to boot. Admit it: We've all been tempted when it comes to texting while driving, right? What will it hurt to answer the spouse's question with a quick "N-O" or, yes, the opposite? Next time that thought fires in your head, Winnipeg, Manitoba-based high school science teacher and viral-video maven Marsh Carroll, along with the folks at ZoomSafer, are hoping you'll hum a little ditty Carroll put ...

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