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G-Town's Comment
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Two paragraphs, two thought paths. Never used the word easier in reference to getting a license.

The driving behavior and conduct has gotten much worse primarily because of added entertainment distractions in the drivers environment and a prevailing attitude of entitlement; disobedience to basic rules, driving is an earned privilege, not a right.

Driving has become secondary to texting and chronic usage of other electronic devices. And unfortunately the later holds true for many so-called professional drivers.

Does that clear it up for you Ryan?

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With all of the distractions and the gradual change in our culture?

This situation has gotten worse. I see no end in sight; the symptoms are constantly addressed, but never the cause.

Too easy to get a license. Too easy to get a CDL. Too easy to blame the trucks. Too many drivers who should not be holding the wheel.

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How is it easier to get a license now than in the past? I ask in seriousness because you mention things getting worse and then mention that it's too easy to get a license. Perhaps you were not trying to draw any sort of connection. I would rather ask and be informed than assume and be ignorant.

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.
Ryan B.'s Comment
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Two paragraphs, two thought paths. Never used the word easier in reference to getting a license.

The driving behavior and conduct has gotten much worse primarily because of added entertainment distractions in the drivers environment and a prevailing attitude of entitlement; disobedience to basic rules, driving is an earned privilege, not a right.

Driving has become secondary to texting and chronic usage of other electronic devices. And unfortunately the later holds true for many so-called professional drivers.

Does that clear it up for you Ryan?

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With all of the distractions and the gradual change in our culture?

This situation has gotten worse. I see no end in sight; the symptoms are constantly addressed, but never the cause.

Too easy to get a license. Too easy to get a CDL. Too easy to blame the trucks. Too many drivers who should not be holding the wheel.

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How is it easier to get a license now than in the past? I ask in seriousness because you mention things getting worse and then mention that it's too easy to get a license. Perhaps you were not trying to draw any sort of connection. I would rather ask and be informed than assume and be ignorant.

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You did not use the word easier. Because you said that it is too easy, I read into that statement that the implication that you think it is easier now than before. Rather than assume that is what you meant, I decided to ask you.

So, when you say that it's too easy to get a license, it's always been too easy. Is my understanding correct?

I completely understood your point on the distractions. I have no question regarding that. Completely valid point and it's probably an issue that is not exclusive to driving. More focus and attention is spent on devices than anything else. The danger posed makes it a greater problem, when it comes to driving.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Ryan wrote:

So, when you say that it's too easy to get a license, it's always been too easy. Is my understanding correct?

Yes.

BK's Comment
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Exactly right. Use of cell phones on the road is a huge problem. Not so much for truck drivers, because most truck drivers have hands free headsets. But the general public, yes. I see these drivers on their phones more often than not and the worst crime is the texting while driving. Yesterday, I drove by a Butler truck and I could plainly see the driver had a tablet affixed to his dash with a movie or video playing. Geez, it just is so dangerous in so many ways.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I recently got a new, voice activated dash cam. It's so easy to capture events on command that I decided to do a little experiment: I wanted to see if I could capture one instance each week of a driver doing something dangerous and post the video clip on FB. Needless to say I've had at least one example per week since I started a month ago. I recorded this week's example on my second day.

Hopefully it draws the attention of my friends to just how often people operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner.

PackRat's Comment
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I recently got a new, voice activated dash cam. It's so easy to capture events on command that I decided to do a little experiment: I wanted to see if I could capture one instance each week of a driver doing something dangerous and post the video clip on FB. Needless to say I've had at least one example per week since I started a month ago. I recorded this week's example on my second day.

Hopefully it draws the attention of my friends to just how often people operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner.

What brand and model? I have a lot of extra money I'd like to use.

BK's Comment
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My super classified, super scientific traffic safety study is underway. So far I’ve driven two hours and have encountered 65 vehicles that I have passed, or been passed by, and merging vehicles. Of these 65, only one could I classify as doing something unsafe.

RealDiehl's Comment
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What brand and model? I have a lot of extra money I'd like to use

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I bought mine from Amazon. I forget the price.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Usually, you can spot someone head of you not driving too great, and KNOW they are probably 99% using their cell phones.....I seen they can't maintain their speed, faster or slower, or maintain their lanes.....Soon as I'd be alongside or them, even in the passenger seat, YEP ! idiots texting or playing with a phone right there on the steering wheel, or down in their laps!

Was next to a contractors van back east 1 day, he'd go down to 45 mph in a 65 back up and down for few miles. Was 2 mexican guys in the work van, so I got the phone number off the door,AND the van's # and reported em to their company. (I was riding shot gun), well, the woman who answered, didn't seem to bothered by it, non chalantly said "ok I'll talk to them" pfffffft doubt she did, just by her attitude

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Exactly right. Use of cell phones on the road is a huge problem. Not so much for truck drivers, because most truck drivers have hands free headsets. But the general public, yes. I see these drivers on their phones more often than not and the worst crime is the texting while driving. Yesterday, I drove by a Butler truck and I could plainly see the driver had a tablet affixed to his dash with a movie or video playing. Geez, it just is so dangerous in so many ways.

Having hands-free headsets doesn't prevent idiots from doing things on the phone with hands.

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