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Todd Dills

Reader: Parking enforcement in La Porte, Texas, gets tough

| January 28, 2014

Clark Freight Lines Safety Director (and La Porte police officer) Jeffrey Tippit on city's move to get tough enforcing a no-parking ordinance extending to retail parking lots.

Custom-carved trucks from Alaska seasonal haulerImage Gallery

| January 27, 2014

Photos: Introducing custom-truck model builder Christopher Vallee of Anchorage, Alaska, working mostly in wood.

Trucking advocacy, education — getting started early

| January 25, 2014

Twelve-year-old Coalton Fannin -- son of longtime trucker Billy Fannin -- delivered this speech to his class on some of the finer points of the trucking business.

‘Haul it for free?’: Readers sound off on recent hours study

| January 23, 2014

Wisecracks and ideas on rates following the recent UT Global Supply Chain Institute's study on the new hours of service's economic impact, which noted companies along the supply chain should focus on efficiency rather than raise rates/pass along costs...

Cancer-awareness advocacy from GA small fleet; Long Haul Survivor updateImage Gallery

| January 21, 2014

Junior Pippin Trucking profiled in Georgia local newspaper -- while the Long Haul Survivor raffle rig to benefit cancer research keeps trucking on its yearlong mission. Final drawing is in May in Iowa.

Log-haul ‘pride and joy’ KW W900

| January 20, 2014

This Kenworth is a regular at local parades since Byrd Trucking purchased it to haul logs, one of two similarly spec'd 2013 KWs they've now got on the road in Florida.

Driver Bettina Cameron ‘Losing It’, New Entrant test backgrounder

| January 18, 2014

Driver Cameron's new Facebook page is dedicated to sharing her story -- she's lost 75 pounds while driving over-the-road in just a year -- to inspire others. Also: More on the New Entrant testing rulemaking under way.

Check out this workhorse: Don Cooper’s 379

| January 16, 2014

A neat internal-breather treatment on the Cooper Farms 1998 Peterbilt 379 -- photos and more of the McAlpin, Fla.-based rig of owner-operator Don Cooper.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ 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 tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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