Well Crapolla, Got A Ticket For Missing A Scale

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Dan67's Comment
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Glad you are going to take some time off and get your head right. Distracted driving is a huge problem and can have dire consequences. Just be happy you did not blow past a scale in GA, $1100 ticket and fees.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Was a weigh station in NMex on I-40, driving late nights, I'd still pull in, only to find, no one is in the booth, to wave me thru(no scale) After 3 or 4 times, I went by it, looking to see SURE, NOW someone's in the booth! Uh Oh, I'm driving on, checking my mirrors for any minute, a trooper coming after me ! Nothing, so next time, again, no one in booth. I must'a blew by this place a couple times.

Ya never know when a BODY, is actually gunna be in the booth!! Luckily, I never got cited, or ever seen a trooper chasing me down. Definite butt pucker moment for sure.....So then no matter what, I'm pulling in regardless, it only takes a minute or 2 to get rolling again (always got waved thru anyway)

Moe's Comment
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Yea buddy, some time off sounds just like what the doctor ordered for you! I have time off myself coming up. Take time to rest and relax, engage in some hobbies, play with the dog, some video games or whatever and forget about trucking for a little while.

Maybe talk to a friend or trusted person about your relationship woes? I find having a circle of friends around me who know me well helps me a ton not only in the road but off of it as well, folks who know me and talk me off the ledge (and we ALL need that!)

Enjoy it Davey!

BK's Comment
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Yea buddy, some time off sounds just like what the doctor ordered for you! I have time off myself coming up. Take time to rest and relax, engage in some hobbies, play with the dog, some video games or whatever and forget about trucking for a little while.

Maybe talk to a friend or trusted person about your relationship woes? I find having a circle of friends around me who know me well helps me a ton not only in the road but off of it as well, folks who know me and talk me off the ledge (and we ALL need that!)

Enjoy it Davey!

While that is good advice, the problem is that many drivers need to keep that paycheck coming in, so taking time off is not an easy decision. If Davy is going through a divorce and has to pay for an attorney for that and the scale ticket, he may be facing a dilemma between taking time off and continuing to generate income. Paid vacation? Maybe. PTO? None of us know what Davy is facing financially so that is the big question. I hope Davy can find a balanced solution and he’s a smart guy.

Moe's Comment
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Yea, but money is good up to a point, what is the cost if he burns out and has a wreck? Then what?? No job and a tarnished CDL. Even athletes know there is a time to rest, no one is super man.

Sometimes we need to pause in order to make better choices, that’s all I’m saying

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Yea buddy, some time off sounds just like what the doctor ordered for you! I have time off myself coming up. Take time to rest and relax, engage in some hobbies, play with the dog, some video games or whatever and forget about trucking for a little while.

Maybe talk to a friend or trusted person about your relationship woes? I find having a circle of friends around me who know me well helps me a ton not only in the road but off of it as well, folks who know me and talk me off the ledge (and we ALL need that!)

Enjoy it Davey!

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While that is good advice, the problem is that many drivers need to keep that paycheck coming in, so taking time off is not an easy decision. If Davy is going through a divorce and has to pay for an attorney for that and the scale ticket, he may be facing a dilemma between taking time off and continuing to generate income. Paid vacation? Maybe. PTO? None of us know what Davy is facing financially so that is the big question. I hope Davy can find a balanced solution and he’s a smart guy.

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.
Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Can I ask a really stupid (and perhaps ignorant in this situation) question, Davy and others?

(If not, please delete, G'Town, Kearsey, O/S or Big B.)

If in fact Knight awards a monetary bonus for passing a level 3 DOT inspection, as FAB had w/ Tom, (and as I've read on here, many other companies do,) wouldn't that offset the cost of the attorney or the fine, at least partially?

I'm just trying to find some light in the dark, as I often do.

~ Anne ~

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.

PackRat's Comment
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A driver is not going to get a monetary bonus as a result of being stopped due to an enforcement infraction as the probable cause.

Davy A.'s Comment
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Yeah, safety was understanding of it. I owned it and accepted my responsibility. No adverse actions were taken and they said to just stop in at any scales if the prepass isn't functioning in the future.

Although as mentioned, I had other stuff on my mind at the time, I hesitated as well waiting for the pre-pass to indicate. It's something I need to train my brain to just prepare to enter a weigh station instead of relying on that

I've been told that we get a bonus for a Clean level 3, but when I asked my terminal they said no. Previously I've had level 3s that were clear. In this case they listed the citation on the inspection so its not clean anyway.

I'm off for a week. Relaxing and spending some time with family and friends.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

BK's Comment
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Yeah, safety was understanding of it. I owned it and accepted my responsibility. No adverse actions were taken and they said to just stop in at any scales if the prepass isn't functioning in the future.

Although as mentioned, I had other stuff on my mind at the time, I hesitated as well waiting for the pre-pass to indicate. It's something I need to train my brain to just prepare to enter a weigh station instead of relying on that

I've been told that we get a bonus for a Clean level 3, but when I asked my terminal they said no. Previously I've had level 3s that were clear. In this case they listed the citation on the inspection so its not clean anyway.

I'm off for a week. Relaxing and spending some time with family and friends.

That’s great news, Davy. Sounds like you are getting centered again. Stay the course, man. This too will pass.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Yeah, safety was understanding of it. I owned it and accepted my responsibility. No adverse actions were taken and they said to just stop in at any scales if the prepass isn't functioning in the future.

Although as mentioned, I had other stuff on my mind at the time, I hesitated as well waiting for the pre-pass to indicate. It's something I need to train my brain to just prepare to enter a weigh station instead of relying on that

I've been told that we get a bonus for a Clean level 3, but when I asked my terminal they said no. Previously I've had level 3s that were clear. In this case they listed the citation on the inspection so its not clean anyway.

I'm off for a week. Relaxing and spending some time with family and friends.

Understood.

At least having the Clean 3 absorbed some of the sting for the company; yes?

Enjoy your offtime, Davy. Much needed.

~ Anne ~

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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