Two Drivers Killed On I94

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G-Town's Comment
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We should create a library of these documented stories for future use whenever a Stoner comes into the forum complaining about trucking companies and their “discriminatory” zero-tolerance policy for substance abuse.

PJ's Comment
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This is very sad. I’m just finishing a 34 hr break just a few miles south of there. That area is very brutal and I have no idea why the state has it posted at 60 mph. It should be 45 max in my opinion. I drive it regularly and I watch everything in front and back like a hawk. In fact I’ll be going through there in about 30 minutes to go get loaded. Stories like this are too common. I wish everyone safe travels

Rainy 's Comment
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"All Trucks Left Lane Only" signs are very important in construction and often ignored.

These signs are usually in places with narrower lanes which put the truck in the wider lane, or they put the "professionally trained" drivers closest to the construction workers, creating a barrier of safety from the crazy irresponsible car drivers.

What i learned after watching a tanker roll and explode on I-65 in Indiana is that some right lanes slant to the right and when it rains, they become slick and the trucks slide off the road. After the wreck, i stopped at the pilot at the next exit.

The clerk there said something I will never forget, "The sign is there to get left. Some idiots don't, and everytime it rains someone flips at that exit. There's a lot of idiots in the world."

I always stay in the lane the signs say. Cars wont read the signs and will ride your butt and get annoyed at you for being in the left lane. Annoy them. It could save a life, maybe even theirs.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Ive been driving solo 1 month... A few months total training and ive probably mentioned this stretch a dozen times on here. Its ridiculous. 60mph speed limit, trucks in the left lane signs come out of nowhere barriers on both sides with 3 lanes of narrow lines. To top that off theres exits everywhere so people weaving in and out of lanes to exit or enter. To make matters worse there are different road surfaces. Black top to concrete then back to black top. None of these shifts are level so its very bouncy. Theres also several spots where the lanes shift and in those small shifts your hugging that left wall as you go over several surface changes while goining through a curve. Theres parts where that left lane is half asphalt half concrete ....... So your riding unlevel turning into a right curve hugging the wall. Its awful. I generally do about 45 to 50 mph i dont care if it says 60.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I generally do about 45 to 50 mph i dont care if it says 60.

great way to look at it. You're doing what you feel safe doing. If others dont like it too bad. Just because speed LIMIT is 60 doesn't mean you must do it. Great job not allowing others to force you into doing what you dont feel comfortable with. I drove that stretch in my POV back in April and was amazed at all vehicles flying by me, 4 wheelers and semis alike.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Caution is of paramount importance. I've driven that route and I agree that the speed limit should be about 40 mph. The best thing you can do is identify another truck going slowly, get behind and follow at a safe distance. Or just drive at your comfort level regardless of what other drivers are doing.

Robsteeler's Comment
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271 to 71 in Ohio is pretty bad too. I just came through the massive construction zone in hammering rain. I went s l o w!

Susan D. 's Comment
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The night of "Thunder Over Louisville " which was in April, and for those who don't know is the kickoff to the Kentucky Derby celebrations and allegedly the largest fireworks show in the country. They close the I-65 bridge between KY and IN. Anywho I had to take a detour due to closed roads and ended up on Cane Run Road, which is a truck route I use fairly often going home by Ft. Knox... was pouring down rain and heavy heavy traffic.. had to avoid a push lawnmower in the middle of the Street as well as a shopping cart. It's one of "those" sketchy parts of town.. I was amazed that I was able to miss all that stuff.

But the 2 beautiful peacocks on the Florida Georgia Highway (300) weren't so lucky. Came around a curve and they were in the middle of the road. Made a nasty mess in my tandems. I felt really bad about it, but there was nothing I could do and didn't want to risk rolling with forklifts.

You NEVER know what will be around the next curve. Hyper vigilant and aware is right!

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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EVERYONE IN THAT AREA goes too fast!

I think it is one of the ways people react to these extended construction zones. It's like the "Boy who cried Wolf" syndrome. People just don't get that it was hazardous yesterday, it is hazardous today and will be hazardous tomorrow! The longer it goes on the more impatient people get and they become immune to perceiving the dangers which are always there. And since people become desensitized to them, probably actually increase over time.

And PJ... what do you mean you just took a 34 in my hood without even a heads up?

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I sat in that traffic on Wednesday. That traffic had me stopping later Wednesday than I had planned. This made my delivery appointment today hard to make. At this point, I don't know if I can make it on time.

As a side note, the next day, yesterday, a 4 wheeler blew past me in a construction zone and the driver flipped me the bird as he went by. How dare I observe the 55 MPH work zone speed limit?

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