Friday, January 29, 2016

Notre Dame uses big rig as part of recruiting pitch

The Notre Dame football program apparently has learned something that we’ve already known for a long time. 

Tractor-trailers are cool.

And in the correct setting, they can be very impressive and impactful.

Notre Dame is hoping its 18-wheeler was impressive enough to land one of the top high school football players in the country.

In an effort to entice wide receiver Demetris Robertson to sign with their program, the Fighting Irish parked the big rig covered in Notre Dame artwork outside the five-star recruit’s Savannah, Ga., home on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Pants-less Detroit driver’s death a tragedy, but lewd acts not uncommon

If you haven’t heard by now, a Detroit man died early on Sunday after being partially ejected from his vehicle following a crash on an on-ramp on Interstate 75 in Michigan.

The victim, 58-year-old Clifford Ray Jones was reportedly watching a pornographic movie on his phone before the crash, according to a report from CBS Detroit. The crash occurred at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. No other vehicles were involved.

Michigan State Police note that Jones wasn’t wearing pants at the time of his demise.

While Jones’ death is certainly tragic, it nevertheless serves as a reminder that this sort of *ahem* “distracted driving” is perhaps more common than the average driver would think.

We’ve seen posts about this story on social media with hundreds of comments of truckers sharing their stories of close encounters and unwitting over-exposures to other drivers’ shall we say, intimate moments? It really gives new meaning to the phrase “the open road”…

So tell us truckers, what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen on the open that probably should’ve transpired behind closed doors?

Florida’s charitable act not so charitable

Have you ever had a friend who won’t do a favor without getting something in return? Or acquaintances who do good deeds only if they have an ulterior motive? Or that neighbor who always brags about having a bigger TV or newer car?
Fifteen dump trucks dispatched from Florida
to help with snow removal in Washington, D.C.,
sport signs that encourage travel to the
"Sunshine State."

Well, that’s the type of friend Florida is being to Washington, D.C., right now.

Don’t get me wrong. Florida is doing a nice thing. Florida Gov. Rick Scott dispatched a 15-truck convoy to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to help with the snow removal from the recent blizzard that dropped more than 20 inches on the nation’s capital. Along with the 15 dump trucks, Florida is sending 31 state employees.

Again, Florida deserves kudos for doing a good deed. But just as with that friend, you know there’s a catch.

All 15 dump trucks will sport a sign encouraging residents of Washington, D.C., to leave the snow behind for a trip to the sunny weather of Florida.

And to give Florida credit, they are not being shy about their plan to turn a good deed into tourism dollars. 

“While Florida is proud to help out the nation’s capital in the aftermath of the storm, we also want to send a friendly reminder to our chilly northern neighbors that we have plenty of sunshine and warm weather for them to enjoy here in the Sunshine State,” said Will Seccombe, president and CEO of Visit Florida.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Human chain used to rescue trucker

The highway can often bring out the worst in people.

All truck drivers have witnessed their fair share of distracted and discourteous driving and even road rage.
About a dozen people left their vehicles and formed a human
chain in an attempt to pull a driver from his truck during a
winter storm Friday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

But there are also times when a single moment is powerful enough to restore your faith in humanity.

Arlyn Satanek, a truck driver with Pleasant Trucking in Connellsville, Pa., recently caught one of those moments on camera.

Satanek was traveling along the Pennsylvania Turpike on Friday, Jan. 22, as the winter storm began to strengthen. Soon after, Satanek came across a tractor-trailer that lost control. The truck was leaking fuel and nearly falling off the turnpike.

Rolling roadblocks, move over. There’s a new high-speed chase weapon in town

From time to time we get to cover some pretty neat stories about truck drivers helping out police officers who are in pursuit of a vehicle or even in a pretty bad spot trying to apprehend a suspect.

We covered one a few weeks ago that stirred up a lot of chatter on social media. In case you missed it, a truck driver pulled in front of a car that was apparently refusing to stop for the police officer in pursuit. Check it out here.

While that instance wasn’t a high-speed chase, it still brought up the debate of whether to get involved. Is it worth the risk to yourself and your truck, or other motorists, if your attempt to help goes wrong?

We won’t solve that debate here, simply because human nature still is to help. Saving your own skin is in the equation, too.

But, the Police World Facebook page is profiling a new weapon police officers can quite literally deploy to aid in ending a high-speed chase. Police officers seem to think it’s a great idea. You guys and gals see a lot more weirdness on the roads than anyone else. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In lieu of OEMs, MATS will feature “Truck Dealer Showcase”

It’s T-Minus 66 days to the 45th edition of the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. Even though several truck manufacturers like Daimler, Peterbilt, Volvo and Mack have said they’re planning to start exhibiting at the show only during odd-numbered years, show managers say they have taken steps to help make sure everybody’s favorite rigs are still on the scene and still available for purchase.
In response, show management are debuting a new feature, the MATS Truck Dealer Showcase, which will be displaying new model trucks from all major heavy-duty OEMs by way of regional dealer networks.

The showcase will be on display in the South Wing. Representatives for MATS told us the Truck Dealer Showcase has been developed to provide attendees the complete MATS experience in the absence of OEM truck manufacturers. The show says the plan is to make the showcase available only during the years when OEMs opt not to participate.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Guns and booze, it’s all about priorities, y’all

When Snowmaggedon 2016, Snownami 1-6, Super Storm Jonas, whatever they called the massive blizzard that pounded the eastern U.S. was building, states sprang into action putting their plans together to deal with the impending snowfall and fallout, if you will.

We saw the usual fare of emergency declarations. These routinely include waiving hours of service for emergency utility crews and truckers delivering relief supplies, activating the National Guard for rescues, and the such. Not a lot of surprises … usually.