What To Do - Truck Weaving Badly

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Last night I was behind a truck for miles on I 80/90. He drove fine for a couple hours, then, around 1 AM, he started drifting left and right badly, at one point his entire truck was on the shoulder at a wide point, and he kept speeding up and slowing down.

I think he was falling asleep rather than texting or otherwise distracted.

At one point he passed an Ohio trooper sitting in the middle and he was almost all the way on the shoulder.

Should I have done anything, and if so what?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Turtle's Comment
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Short of contacting him on the CB, there isn't much you can really do. You sure don't want to get up next to him.

Chuck S.'s Comment
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I was behind a big truck eastbound on I 80 out of Salt Lake City years ago that was all over the road. I called Utah State Police, but by the time they finally got to us we had made it all the way to the scales coming into Wyoming. Utah State Police went so far as to calling Wyoming DOT and had this driver held until USP could get there. I was there also waiting for them to show them video of this guys driving skills. The funny thing about this outrages situation was while we were waiting for USP to arrive I was in the scale lobby where DOT was interrogating this driver and looking at his logs... he was screaming that who ever turned him in was going to be sued for everything and anything that would happen to him. Well after USP showed up and I showed them the video he admitted his logs where not correct... he showed he had taken a 10 hour break in SLC, when in reality he had been driving non-stop from San Francisco.

Now as a fellow truck driver my only concern was for the innocent travelers on that road that day who he endangered.

Bottom line is ... this is one of the reasons we are now blessed with 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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I would try CB first, then 911 of he was driving that bad he shouldn't be driving.

Bird-one's Comment
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Yeah Bobcat beat me too it. If it is really that bad call 911. I did that myself a few years back. Drove past a lady on 294 about 230 in the morning throwing back a bottle of grey goose. Called 911 and stayed on the line till a trooper caught up.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Bird-one's Comment
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To be clear a lady in her pov. But you get the point.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Short of contacting him on the CB, there isn't much you can really do. You sure don't want to get up next to him.

Yeah, I was afraid to pass him

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I thought about calling 911, but wasn't sure if that was the right thing to do. I was in a rental, so no CB

jz3377's Comment
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Definitely call 911 in the future. I'm a county cop and we get calls like this all the time. Most times a driver is tired, and we can get him safely off the road to get some rest. If he is impaired (BAC limits are lower for CDL drivers) he needs to be off the road and in jail. Drivers need to look out for each other, and if you can help get an impaired driver off the road, you have saved someone's life. (and yes, that makes you MY hero!)

A few weeks ago, a driver for Amazon called 911 to report a 4-wheeler driving erratically in my county. I was the one who made the stop and the arrest (the guy was druuuuunk). This driver was such a great witness he was even able to email me his dash cam video. I couldn't thank that driver enough!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Definitely call 911 in the future. I'm a county cop and we get calls like this all the time. Most times a driver is tired, and we can get him safely off the road to get some rest. If he is impaired (BAC limits are lower for CDL drivers) he needs to be off the road and in jail. Drivers need to look out for each other, and if you can help get an impaired driver off the road, you have saved someone's life. (and yes, that makes you MY hero!)

A few weeks ago, a driver for Amazon called 911 to report a 4-wheeler driving erratically in my county. I was the one who made the stop and the arrest (the guy was druuuuunk). This driver was such a great witness he was even able to email me his dash cam video. I couldn't thank that driver enough!

I was concerned for the drivers safety. I’m sure he was sleepy, he had been driving fine up to that point, I had been following him across Indiana and Ohio. I don’t think he was texting either, unless it was a marathon.

Next time I will call. I had to get off and find gas as I was beyond empty but I got back on and went another 100 miles and he hadn’t crashed so hopefully he made it to a truck stop.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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