Just Got Fired Not Even 3 Months In

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Manny g's Comment
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I got fired because I went down the end of a mountain pass in Wyoming too fast I ended up slowing down but it was too late I’m 22 and just started trucking it was a honest mistake but they let me go because I was going too fast like 89 down for a second…it’s my fault and I didn’t get in any accidents or anything no tickets…will I ever get a job trucking again?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Did you get a speeding ticket along with this?

Klutch's Comment
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Reckless driving is pretty tough to get past imho. How are you going to explain going that fast?

G-Town's Comment
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89 for just a second? It only takes a split-second to end a life at that speed…

This would also indicate you were in the high 70’s, low to mid 80’s far longer. What MPH does your employer consider an over-speed event?

There are no points awarded for what you consider an honest mistake. I guarantee all of the experienced drivers have never gone that fast descending any mountain pass, let alone a flat stretch of road.

If I’m a hiring manager, what are you going to say to when I ask you;

“How did this happen?”

Manny g's Comment
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No I didn’t get anything

Did you get a speeding ticket along with this?

Manny g's Comment
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I’m not experienced that’s what I’m saying and what you say isn’t fully true I was going 45mph before hitting the decline there were no signs and I didn’t know I hit it when I did it happens but I learned from it and your right this may be something I can’t get over unless somebody gives me a chance

89 for just a second? It only takes a split-second to end a life at that speed…

This would also indicate you were in the high 70’s, low to mid 80’s far longer. What MPH does your employer consider and over-speed event?

There are no points awarded for what you consider an honest mistake. I guarantee all of the experienced drivers have never gone that fast descending any mountain pass, let alone a flat stretch of road.

If I’m a hiring manager, what are you going to say to when I ask you;

“How did this happen?”

G-Town's Comment
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How is what I’m saying not true? The truck doesn’t go from 45 to 89 without you knowing it.

What did you learn?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Hey Manny,

I've got a kiddo your age, LoL. Youth & Speed..... auughh!

Put your 'location' in your profile; maybe some folks will have ideas, with your location.

In the meantime, call Western Express, and explain the WHOLE story, truthfully.

Mind mentioning your 'prior' company?

Just tryna help!

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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Since I have driven every Interstate and primary road X10 in all of Wyoming, I find this extremely difficult to read. 45 to 89 mph is nearly double, yet it caught you off guard? I have achieved more than that speed and I definitely knew it, so it wasn't some surprise. Sounds, wind, vibrations of the vehicle, dotted lines and the landscape zipping by. Then there's that speedometer gauge in the middle of the dashboard, indicating to the driver the increase from 45 mph to the Red Zone of 89 mph. All of these clues didn't grab your attention? Give us a break!

It will show on your DAC as something like "terminated for violation of company policy" or "safety concerns".

You will have a rough go trying to get hired somewhere. You may need to start all over from going out with a trainer from the beginning since you wrote of only three months driving. Good luck.

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.

Interstate:

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

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Davy A.'s Comment
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I'm curious as how you could not feel the truck speeding up? Most people have some fear of the truck taking off going down hill, even if they aren't drivers. It's the first thing they ask: "how do you keep from going too fast down hill?"

Assuming your in an automatic, starting out at 45, with your Jake on, it's not possible. If you're 3 months in. That means you went down hills in training and learned how to use your gears and Jake. I'm dumbfounded on how that happens?

The only hill I can think of, that's straight enough to go that fast is on 80, heading west by continental divide, but your sphincter should have been puckering if you went from 45 to 89 on that and it's posted clearly.

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