Las Vegas newspaper columnist delivers ‘half-hearted’ trucker salute…

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It’s not exactly a big 10-4, but in her “Road Warrior” column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal a week ago, Adrienne Packer detailed her state’s latest addition to the growing nationwide effort to pair state troopers with truckers to target four-wheelers’ unsafe maneuvers around big trucks for citation. While Packer reflects a somewhat common feeling among the motoring public when she wonders whether the program is more than just a way to boost revenue coming into cash-strapped state coffers, it’s also clear that her witness to the program’s effectiveness had a positive effect on her view of the difficulties truckers experience navigating the uncertain landscape on the nation’s interstates.

Given the unpredictable maneuvering of so many four-wheelers, the driver she encountered, Bob Barton, with whom Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael Branch was paired in May, told Packer of the reality out there today: “You always keep an escape route in mind… It’s not a matter of if someone is going to do something stupid, it’s when they’re going to do something stupid.”

SemiawareStay tuned here for more on this subject — I’ve got a copy of long-hauler Toby Bogard’s Semi-Aware book, written about the subject of driving a small vehicle around tractor-trailer units, coming to me in the mail, with high hopes for a great read.

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