January 2002

If you see blue lights, start praying

Speeders in Glogow, Poland, can avoid a ticket by agreeing to pray with Father Piotr, a priest who goes on patrol with the police. “Breaking road rules is a sin,” says Father Piotr, who wears a black leather jacket and a fluorescent yellow police vest beneath his collar.

“I am powerless in the priest’s presence,” says police Sgt. Sebastian Kuzmiak, who looks on as Father Piotr distributes St. Christopher medals and asks offenders whether their vehicles are blessed.

“This is just superb for me,” says forgiven lawbreaker Szymon Rytner. “I prefer priests to policemen.”

“What trucking means to me”

The 2002 American Trucking Associations calendar features artwork by children whose parents work for ATA member companies. The cover art is by Stephanie Dittmer, 12, of Hinton, Iowa, whose parents work for Weinrich Truck Line. The calendar is $11.99; call (800) 282-5463.

And don’t even ask about the food

“We get a lot of haircuts on the road, and some of them are pretty bad.”

– Dean Mozingo, who hauls Terry Labonte’s No. 5 Chevrolet, on trucking through the long NASCAR season.

Wanted: truckers hungry for speed

For $20, the Arroyo Seco Motorplex in New Mexico is offering 120 mph rides in a NASCAR racing truck – modified to include a passenger seat and door.

“We want to try to get the truckers to come in here,” says driver and track manager Bob Brownell. “We’ll give them a thrill.” The track is west of Las Cruces at 1-10 exit 102. For more information, visit www.zianet.com/arroyoseco.

The straps didn’t hold, but maybe the liability policy will

An aircraft part fell off a flatbed between the Pennsylvania towns of Milton and Shickshinny and hasn’t been found. The jet engine component is half the size of a hubcap, weighs 356 pounds and is worth – gulp – $25 million.