Tuesday, September 20, 2016

LL’s speed limiter video contest results

Well, we asked for it, and truckers delivered a pack of dashcam footage showing four-wheeled drivers
doing dumb, risky and downright dangerous driving around speed-limited trucks.

In case you missed it, here’s our original Facebook post from last week. The winning video was the unanimous selection of the Land Line newsroom staff. The winner will receive a free “Don’t Like Trucks? Stop Buying Stuff” T-shirt from OOIDA.

Congrats to the winner, Thomas Laursen, whose video from October 2014 showed a close call he had on a rural two-lane highway in Alberta. In the video, Laursen has to brake suddenly to make room for a speeding SUV to merge into his lane as the vehicle narrowly avoids a head-on collision with another vehicle.

In response to proposed rule offered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we asked for your videos to showcase some of the driving hazards speed-limited truckers currently face on the road. A mandate for speed limiters on heavy trucks only stands to make these problems worse for all drivers, and not just the ones operating 18 wheelers.

As you probably know by now, OOIDA opposes a government mandate on this issue, pointing to research that contradicts the fed’s claimed “safety benefits” of speed limiters. The reasons for that should be obvious, as speed limiters would force a speed differential between heavy trucks and other vehicles using the highways. That would lead to more vehicle interactions, unsafe maneuvering and crashes, a study of speed differentials shows.

This one was a contender, too. Like where the car driver opts to pass the speed-limited truck on the shoulder.

OOIDA’s website, FightingForTruckers.com, has more information about the Association’s opposition to the mandate, as well as ways for truckers to contact their lawmakers and oppose a mandate. You can also file comments on the proposal here and here

Last but not least, Renegade Trucker offers a 5-minute long lowlight reel that even features a car driving the wrong way down the interstate in broad daylight.

At least one commenter suggested we make this a weekly contest. If the proposed mandate does in fact become law, we can expect videos like these to become a lot more commonplace.