The Feds Want To Mess With Us More

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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C T.'s Comment
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Saw a related article recently. Basically saying slowing all of us down will reduce accidents. While that may be true to an extent, it doesn't account for crazy passenger vehicles. There's been almost 900 deaths on Georgia highways this year, my first day of training it was 315 in April.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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There's been almost 900 deaths on Georgia highways this year, my first day of training it was 315 in April.

WOW! That's a staggering number.

C T.'s Comment
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Every weekend I come home and the numbers increase in a matter of 5 days or so. Going through Atlanta almost every week I'm not surprised. It's sad to think people are so focused on gun violence and police issues but ignore transportation.

G-Town's Comment
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I personally don't really mind being governed at 62 mph. If I need additional passing speed I can bypass the limiter and get myself past whatever impedes my forward progress. I just wish they would consider leveling the playing field and place similar limits on cars and light trucks. I witnessed a 4-wheeler doing 82 in a 40mph cattle-chute yesterday. It had one of those portable radar guns with a display. Totally ludicrous.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Gtown, my boyfriend says the same thing.. Driving is a PRIVILEDGE. Govern ALL vehicles.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I have an idea.

Instead of blaming trucks for all the accidents on the road and putting all these restrictions and limitations on us, why don't we start educating every driver about sharing the roadways?

How about every driver who applies for a drivers license is required to take a mandatory "driving around big trucks" class and a mandatory refresher every time you renew your license.

Wouldn't this be just as simple to implement as speed limiters and electronic logs?

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I have an idea.

Instead of blaming trucks for all the accidents on the road and putting all these restrictions and limitations on us, why don't we start educating every driver about sharing the roadways?

How about every driver who applies for a drivers license is required to take a mandatory "driving around big trucks" class and a mandatory refresher every time you renew your license.

Wouldn't this be just as simple to implement as speed limiters and electronic logs?

Great idea. Can we also teach them to stop at stop signs, obey all signs like road closed and how about be patcient. Unfortunately commom scence cannot be taught. How about put more cops on the road to catch speeders and dangerous drivers. Stay safe.

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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From the link:

...critics claim that forcing heavy vehicles to drive much slower than the surrounding traffic creates additional hazards. It also impedes a driver’s ability to speed up if he or she needs to accelerate out of a dangerous situation.

“Highways are safest when all vehicles travel at the same relative speed. This wisdom has always been true and has not ever changed,”

Not only that, but having one group of vehicles moving at a slower speed than the rest of traffic encourages other drivers to engage in riskier behaviors, such as tailgating, passing at unsafe speeds, cutting other vehicles off short, racing to the end if on ramps, refusing to allow vehicles to change lanes...I could probably go on for days.

Governing speeds of commercial vehicles at some arbitrary number isn't the answer. Making engaging in all of the driving behaviors I just listed an automatic reckless driving offense when around commercial vehicles will go a lot farther towards reducing traffic casualties than making us an even bigger obstacle.

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Not to mention the road rage it will cause when a 4 wheeler is stuck behind 2 trucks doing the turtle drag race for 8 miles on the interstate.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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