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Extra amateur day on the roads for total eclipse, particularly in these areas

Will you be in the "zone of totality," as the scientist-types are saying, this coming Monday for the solar eclilpse? More than one trucking company shutting down for the day anticipating an influx of that most unpredictable of highway users: the four-wheeled one.

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Back to the future: ‘Trucks of America’ in 1973; The drones are coming! (take four)

Did you know Overdrive once published truck jigsaw puzzles? We didn't either ... And: The drones are coming! Congressional moves reportedly would prevent erection of state barriers to autonomous vehicles and centralize rules at federal level...

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Abracadabra autonomous!

“They’re not opponents of tech, but it might be a failure of imagination" --Venture capitalist on disconnect between truckers' expectations of self-driving tech and those of the folks in Silicon Valley. Wendy: "Let's slow the row on the imagination-bashing a little and get real."

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‘Irresponsible’ use of data — it happens day in, day out

Jumping to a conclusion that speed limiters are the driving force behind reductions in crashes without considering other factors is, well, irresponsible indeed.

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She’s taking all the torque she can, Jim. We’re at critical mass.

Have you ever read something "so terrible you just can't imagine a real human being pieced it together and hope that someone has an imminently evil computer program to stitch together an AP article about trucking?" Plenty examples this week ...

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Driver shortage? That don’t make no sense

In my pursuit of daily trucking news, I read probably 15 – 20 trucking specific articles. Among these, I would say roughly half cite or have cited the ever elusive and unicorn-like “driver shortage.” These articles usually tick me off, and about 99% of them quote Beelza Bubba and his buddies over at trucking association, who strive to keep wages as low as possible so the giant fleets can keep on raking in the ...

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Lawyers are more dangerous on any day ending in ‘Y’

In which Wendy responds to a Texas lawyer who, with the help of the Dallas Morning News, "asserts that most everyone who took the past three days off is now back on the road, driving illegally to make up for lost time." ...

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Former ‘American trucker’ host Robb Mariani hit with a ‘sick’ meme, hits back

Robb Mariani is challenging Facebook to institute better piracy/defamation controls in the wake of his image being used in a meme equating being a "real trucker" with hitting hitchhikers with urine bottles thrown out the window at highway speeds.

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Truckers Against Trafficking: Local, state partnerships extend growing effort

Truckers Against Trafficking has launched new partnerships with state and local governments, detailed in recent story that also highlights trucker and 2015 Harriet Tubman award winner Kevin Kimmel.

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Pennsylvania county goes proactive on highway-ramp parking

Penn. state patrol in Lackawanna County reportedly has stepped up ticketing of drivers parked on ramps, but quick press response shows some hope on shifting prevailing attitudes/awareness of the parking issue.

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