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Going back to Cali

| October 06, 2009

A little California dreaming today, folks. A new story in the Riverside-based Press-Enterprise details the low volumes of pre-holiday freight coming through the L.A./Long Beach ports this year, but that's just one of the state's ...

Trucker appreciation at Johnson’s Corner Truckstop

| October 01, 2009

Apologies to haulers who passed through Denver yesterday for not catching this earlier -- I was undoubtedly distracted by other things on my computer. In any case, the Loveland, Colo., truckstop Johnson's Corner celebrated their ...

Getting out of hand?

| September 30, 2009

When I wrote Friday about the media ramp-up to the U.S. Department of Transportation's so-called "distracted driving summit," which begins today, noting the broad definition of on-board technology in some safety groups' analyses of in-cab ...

Prominent coverage of truckstop chaplain

| September 29, 2009

Chaplain Joe Hunter's Truckstop Ministries, Inc., organization just got a bump in attention -- at least from people outside the trucking community. CNN ran a story about Hunter and his ministry on their site, part ...

Ohio owner-operator drives away with sweepstakes rig

| September 28, 2009

It was quite the scene at Randally-Reilly Publishing headquarters in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday. The publishers of Custom Rigs magazine -- whose parent mag is Overdrive -- flew in the winner of its first-ever sweepstakes, ...

Commercial driver texting ban gets media legs

| September 25, 2009

In advance of U.S. DOT's finally scheduled "distracted driving summit" next week, it might come as no surprise that the alliance of safety groups known as Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety ( held a ...

Meet TruckerDesiree

| September 24, 2009

The subject of my "Exit Only" column in this month's Truckers News was one among many lights of a new cadre of social-media-savvy advocates in the trucking community. Desiree Wood (pictured) is her name, and ...

Truckers pitch in to foil suicide attempt

| September 23, 2009

In Overdrive's home base of Tuscaloosa, Ala., yesterday, several truckers pitched in to help police foil a suicide attempt on the I-20/59 bridge over MacFarland Blvd. A nice gallery of pictures from the scene show, ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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

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