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Travis's Comment
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Aren't 90% or so of accidents caused by non-commercial drivers and vehicles according to recent NHSTA data?

If anything I'd fine the living hell out of anyone who causes an accident due to texting or something in their control - take the average traffic flow for that time of day and year and fine them like $25 per man hour for whatever the amount they backed up traffic and wasted everyone's time. Exempt people who had a mechanical failure due to manufacturer or previous mechanic etc. Someone has to rein in people driving distracted and inattentive. If a few have to be crushed financially or even imprisoned, so be it.

About a law to make any vehicle pulling a trailer enter a scale? The amount of improperly loaded, over loaded, over weight, improperly hooked, improperly maintained trailers on the road is shocking. They should have to scale and pass inspections just like us imo.

Same for rental trucks, you take someone who has never driven anything larger than a Honda Civic and hand them keys to a 26 foot box truck and tell them "good luck".

Banks's Comment
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I don't think it would help.

The reason is because people have access to all of this information now if they really wanted to know. If I'm new to something and I have no information, I jump on my phone to get some basic foundational information.

Like Packrat said about the texting. I see people driving with their phone in their hand all the time. They know better and they're aware of the consequences, but they don't care.

If people don't care, there's little you can do to change their behavior outside of harsher consequences.

Delco Dave's Comment
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I’m totally for a mandatory class in high school or some kind of expanded literature and testing in order to get the permit on driving around tractor trailers. Most people just don’t understand how much room we need to change lanes, turn, stop, etc…. Because the info isn’t covered unless you want a CDL.

Just the other day I almost had an incident. 2 right hand turning lanes, I’m in the right. We all know we have to proceed straight out a bit before starting our turn to clear the curb with trailer wheels. Well, guy in left lane decides to turn hard rather then follow his lane and almost drives into me as I’m creeping out. Thank God I always have an eye in mirror and saw it coming. Maybe if that info, class, and or testing was implemented to all drivers, that situation could have been avoided


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Banks's Comment
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Well, guy in left lane decides to turn hard rather then follow his lane

He already knows better. Nothing on the road is clearer than turn lanes, they don't care and education won't change that. It can't hurt, but it won't help.

I had a guy in Connecticut exit from the left lane. I got so close that all I saw was the roof of his car.

People are selfish and do stupid things because God forbid they lose 3 seconds being behind the truck.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I would rather have all licensed drivers educated on big rigs and motorcycles.

I think every trailer should read "if you can see my mirrors, I can't see you" and be educated on safe following and passing distance on trucks. A real "doing this could kill you" type of thing.

I still remember the movie Mechanized Death from high school drivers Ed. Go watch it on YouTube. I only got 1 ticket my whole life.


When my daughter went to a private Driver's Ed instead of taking it in High School (because she wanted ROTC instead) they sure did have a similar program.

It was worth the $500. She has her motorcycle endorsement now, too. Yes, I worry.

I remember that movie, also. Mechanized Death.

Ohio has been trying to implement this into Driver's Ed for the last ten years. I was even on the 'committee' years ago. Notice, the progress....or lack of. And I had some pictures and articles to share, on MY iPad.... too.

Shame. Biden's 'transportation committee' is playing w/drones, instead.

Be safe, y'all drivers (and Non, like me!)

~ Anne ~


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