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NFI driver delivers third roadside baby

I was all set this morning to write about the debate over the appropriate strategy toward dealing with fraud in the trucking industry from crooked poseur brokers and the like (tune in tomorrow for more on that), but sometimes a story hits that is just too good and/or unbelievable to pass on. Today, that story is NFI driver Mike Hawthorne's. According to press reports, and NFI's website, Hawthorne not only assisted Jack and Tammy Smith on ...

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Bee haulers: Michigan needs you

If Mark Longstroth, writing in the Western Farm Press last week, is right, early Spring growth over much of the U.S. East and Midwest has bee haulers in overdrive trying to keep up with demand for hives to pollinate fruit trees in groves far and wide. "Most of the bees that pollinate Michigan fruit crops either overwintered in Florida or just finished pollinating almonds in California," Longstroth wrote. "One problem is trucking. Most of the truckers ...

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Overdrive trucks to NYC today

Overdrive editor Max Heine and I are doing a little air-trucking this afternoon to NYC for the Jesse H. Neal awards banquet put on by American Business Media. My two-part feature on the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is one of three finalists in the Best Series category for 2011. The banquet, scheduled for Friday, will see winners in several categories announced. The CSA stories, which you may recall and ...

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Hours debacle covered at news site Politico

**(Overdrive editor Max Heine is posting updates from the Truckload Carriers Association annual meeting via the OD Twitter feed and Facebook page today. Expected to be included among the news are company driver and owner-operator of the year awards. Stay tuned.)** Click through the thumbnail of the graph here for Politico writer Adam Snider's brief dissection of the debate over the new hours rule, his reporting tracking primarily in the divisions over what exactly is wrong ...

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Power of good roads?: Indian truckers’ savvy in the sleeper

News flash: According to IBN, a broadcasting network in India, that nation's drivers have helped stemmed the tide of HIV and AIDS in the country after a process that is making a dent in old stereotypes about long-haul drivers there. "Truckers are savvy about safe sex," screams the headline of a story posted to IBN's website last week. Part of a huge drop in haulers' engagement of prostitutes Indian officials attribute to a development long in ...

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Log truck drivers to the rescue in Oregon

Estacada News reporter Jeff Spiegel spells out the recipe that led to the end of a dramatic on-highway incident in Clackamas County, Ore., last week: "A thrown champagne bottle, a suicide threat, a drawn gun, countless incidents of dangerous driving" and, finally, a few good samaritans hauling logs up ahead. Check out Spiegel's dramatic account of the incident here, published on the occasion of three log truck drivers' recognition with a citizens' commendation for their role in stopping a ...

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Flying high, running low: Friday Channel 19 news round-up

Big birds to fly by truckWriting on the New York Times blog yesterday, Matthew L. Wald delivered a little unexpected news about a flock of young whooping cranes currently settled down for the winter about 45 miles southwest of Decatur, Ala.: they would travel the last leg of this year's winter journey, led in large part by ultralight aircraft used by scientists attempting to help the cranes reestablish population numbers, by... You guessed it, I'd bet. ...

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‘Courtesy not necessarily contagious’: UPS driver after 50 accident-free years

Ohio resident and UPS driver Ron "Big Dog" Sowder (pictured) started his career with UPS in 1962 after serving in the Navy and answering an employment ad. On January 25, the driver marked 50 years hauling for the company -- all of it without an accident. Sowder's 4 million-plus safe miles have made him the longest-serving active member of the company elite "Circle of Honor" group of UPS safe drivers with 25-plus years of service ...

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Make accident victims pay for traffic tie-ups?

  A letter writer to the Chattanoogan newspaper last week proposed to fine drivers of large trucks involved in accidents per hour of required cleanup or per mile of backed up traffic. Specifically:   $5,000 per hour of cleanup or per mile of backed up traffic, whichever is greater, to be paid by the trucking companies, and $1,000 per hour of cleanup or per mile of backup, whichever is greater, to be levied against the truck driver. You can ...

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‘Shipping wars’ TV series starts tonight on A&E

The Austin American-Statesman reminds us that the latest in the phenomenon of truck-driving reality-TV series debuts tonight, with back-to-back half-hour episodes of 'Shipping Wars' occupying the 9 p.m. (ET and PT) hour on A&E. The debate over whether the show will be a boon to the image of drivers in the public imagination has already begun, as evidenced by comments on my previous post on the subject, from December. "I’ll definitely be checking it out on ...

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