Profile For Christopher J.

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    Fountain Hills, AZ

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    Experienced Driver

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    10 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Experience, Apathy, and Safety

Good post 6 string

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Had to leave school for 6 weeks and have a question?

Gonna say yes you will probably have to re take physical and or drug test unless you have an actual DOT card

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Why paying truckers by the mile is unfair and dangerous

It's both good and bad... going to be like working in the factory alot of o well I get paid by the hour type of thinking... safety is number one goal though...

I think all CDL A or B drivers should get a base pay of 60K nothing less with all the responsibility and legal issues we have to comply with end of story.

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

I just failed a hair test but passed the urine test,this was for pre-employment for an oil field company. I'm currently looking at Dart Transit as a lease operator but can't find any info on their pre-employment drug screen. Please let me know any updates. f.y.i I was lucky to get a nice person that informed me of my failure, they took a hair from my body and was informed that body hair will show 1 year hair 90 days. I failed at .5 pecoograms (0.0005 nanograms) cut off is .1 pecoogram.

hair follicle can and only detect up to 90 days and FYI they are not as reliable as urine if you have a clean system for 90 days no worries 100% fact there is a great website on this answers.yahoo.com hair follicle vs urine

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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On 3 lane itersate lane #3 can used when?

This is one of the local and city laws that supercede federal laws. As you stated what the officer said it's OK to use the 3rd land for passing only but has to be a mile or less of use. Seems about right.

Generally anytime you have a 3rd Lane it's for passing and you have to get back over as soon as you can. Most places have signs saying Keep Right unless passing. And as the officer said due to traffic you had not expectation of being able to return cause of the amount of traffic. Basically he is saying you should not have been on in the 3rd Lane since you could not get back over.

You will need to find out the local laws for that area. Of course you did not know that pictucular law at the time but the judge will tell you that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Basically I don't know if you have a defensible case. A lawyer will have to make that call. Please don't try and represent yourself.

Since a wrong Lane ticket should not be a moving violation (not for sure) might be easier to pay the ticket and chalk it up as a lesson learned.

But of course if you know the local traffic laws in that area and all the addendums and changes to the laws throughout the years then go for it.

But seriously to answer your question unless the first(outside) Lane is closed for some reason almost at anytime it's a mistake to even think about the third Lane for any reason. With very few exceptions you will get a ticket for something for being anywhere except for the first 2 lanes except when a sign says it's OK for trucks and then it's only ok for short periods of time.

Going through similar situation Jax but a photo radar ticket speeding AZ and using a company Hazmat truck no longer with company but they basically snitched on me I am enrolled with open road they got me a excellent traffic lawyer court date has come and gone lawyer told me I was not properly served so its a wait game I live in a gated community so the server is gonna have some difficulty they the robot cops say I was doing 14 miles over the speed limit which is false more like 5 over lawyer told me not to worry at all and when and if you are served he has several ways to beat it 90% success rate one way is those cameras have to be calibrated every 24 hours and I agree with Jax get a lawyer at most will cost $300 or less to dismiss GL and sorry for not punctuating

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Bad Mentor

I would of knocked the guy out, He is not a mentor, He is a waste of your time. Sorry I am ****ed for you soon as you get to terminal or someone you can talk to about this prick do so ask for another trainer show them this thread.

Posted:  8 years, 11 months ago

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Looking for Thumbs up

Unless you got a million to 2 million in the bank stay away from leasing or owning know a bunch of guys a half million in debt dont do it

Posted:  8 years, 12 months ago

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Thanks for your service Truckers

I want to personally Thank all of you Truckers out there that sacrifice so much on a daily basis. You make our Country go round. Kudos to all and have a great and Safe Day. Thank you also Brett for such a great forum you put together for Truckers to communicate and learn Great Job keep it up.

Posted:  9 years ago

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Fully Endorsed, but inexperienced. Best place to start job search?

Transport Craigslist you should be able to find something maybe not $20 to start but $16 then move up after you prove yourself. Good Luck I am doing the same as I type, Mom was sick last 5 months, Now all is good and ready to join the workforce again. OTR is not for me, But just may have to for experience.

Posted:  9 years ago

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Need Advice

A friend of mine just started his training program with Werner. He has been with a trainer for about two weeks now. About 5 days into his training his trainer, who is an owner operator, started getting frustrated with him because the trainer felt as if he was not picking up on things as quickly as he should have. The main issue is shifting (he learned on a 10 speed and this truck is a 13 speed I believe. The trainer keeps changing how he should be shifting constantly which is confusing him. The trainer stated that he was probably going to have to drop him in a couple days when they got to the next terminal. My friend was dropped off at the terminal and called his manager to see if there might be a possibility of a new trainer and the manager said no. Apparently the trainer changed his mind because after 3 days of rest the trainer came to pick him up at the hotel and they were on the road again. The trainer said that he was doing better this morning but this afternoon is again threatening to drop him. Is there any advice on how my friend might be able to handle this situation appropriately? Also what is the chance he could be let go of he is dropped by the trainer? My friend understands that the trainer is an owner operator and that damages to the truck can come out of the trainer's pocket and he does not want to make mistakes but the constant bad feedback is messing with him. His confidence is completely shot at this point.

First of all which company is he with and yes he can request a different mentor and ask that he be trained on a 10 speed

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