ORIGINAL BOTTLES OR NO?

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Happy Dog's Comment
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Quick question. Can I consolidate vitamins, aspirins, and allergy medicines, legally, all into one bottle on my truck? Separate bottles take up too much space. Its pretty important, I go to orientation on Saturday, 6/12/2014

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yes, you can. The only concern with pills is proving what they are and whether or not you should legally have them if your truck were ever to get searched. A lot of pills say right on the pill itself what it is, so that alleviates that concern with those anyhow. If you have any prescription medications, make sure they stay in their prescription bottle so they can see the prescription is made out to you.

I don't think you'll have any concerns over it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Happy Dog's Comment
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Thanks Brett. I don't have any prescription type stuff. I'm healthy as a horse. I just don't want to lug 200 vitamins, 100 Zantac and 200 Acetaminophen tablets with me on a trainer truck, lol. Once I get my own unit they'll all go back into their original bottles. Since Ive been out of work so long, Im trying to save every dime I can, so I opted to take some of what is here at the house as opposed to buying all new stuff. I cant imagine a cop would actually want to haul me into court after telling him what I was carrying, only to discover I was telling the truth.

Starcar's Comment
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Tho you can....its better that you don't. By law, all prescription meds have to be in their original bottles for identification. But in the real world, an officer may question what you have in a mix in a bottle...he doesn't know whether they are OTC or script meds...So keep them in their original bottles, and there won't be any questions. Its really a mute point, since anyone can chuck the OTC meds and put script meds in a OTC bottle...go figure.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Like Starcar said. You can but it's not a good idea. While they maybe legal and totally Over The Counter the problem is some pills have there name on it and some dont. If DOT finds everything mixed together I can guarantee you that they will NOT take the time to look up everything on the internet or call a doctor. At the very least they will take them and throw them away cause without the original container some pills can't be verified. The worst case scenario is they take them and give you a ticket for having unidentifiable pills on the truck not in their original containers which then leads to a whole new set of issues.

I have given you the best case and worst case. Only you can decide which you want to put up with but if you want my recommendation I would say instead of having such big bottles on the truck go buy 50 pill count bottles which take up hardly any room at all and not have to worry about the "What Ifs".

It's called nipping the problem in the bud before it actually becomes a problem.

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.

Tony G's Comment
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Thanks Brett. I don't have any prescription type stuff. I'm healthy as a horse. I just don't want to lug 200 vitamins, 100 Zantac and 200 Acetaminophen tablets with me on a trainer truck, lol. Once I get my own unit they'll all go back into their original bottles. Since Ive been out of work so long, Im trying to save every dime I can, so I opted to take some of what is here at the house as opposed to buying all new stuff. I cant imagine a cop would actually want to haul me into court after telling him what I was carrying, only to discover I was telling the truth.

keep the acetaminophen in the bottle i had lose ones in a pill box. Ct dot did not like that i got a fine

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.

Happy Dog's Comment
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I put 'em back in their bottles and Ill carry them with me, screw it. No sense in taking a chance on meeting Barney Fife out there. My toiletry bag looks like its about to explode, but I can rearrange stuff once I get to the truck, lol.

As always, thanks Gents!

RookieTrucker's Comment
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You know, time and time again it ends up being the same thing. Our legal system is based on "Innocent until proven guilty" - unless you're a truck driver. Then it's guilty until proven innocent. And, oh yeah, you don't get to try to prove your innocence. I mean, what other profession is there where any law officer of any stripe whatsoever can pull you over with no cause and can fine you, put you out of service, or end your career based on whatever whim they have?

I wonder what's going to happen when they regulate everyone out of trucking and there's no one to haul freight anymore. I guess it will be a lot safer out there when there are no more trucks on the roads and no reason for anyone to go anywhere. Haha.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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You know, time and time again it ends up being the same thing. Our legal system is based on "Innocent until proven guilty" - unless you're a truck driver. Then it's guilty until proven innocent. And, oh yeah, you don't get to try to prove your innocence. I mean, what other profession is there where any law officer of any stripe whatsoever can pull you over with no cause and can fine you, put you out of service, or end your career based on whatever whim they have?

I wonder what's going to happen when they regulate everyone out of trucking and there's no one to haul freight anymore. I guess it will be a lot safer out there when there are no more trucks on the roads and no reason for anyone to go anywhere. Haha.

The only people that the DOT will regulate out of trucking are the ones that should not have been out here in the first place or should have been gone years ago.

DOT does not just pull people over cause it seems like a fun thing to do. Sure you will have an officer that is having a bad day but 99.9% of the time drivers have done something to attract the officers attention and that would be the drivers fault.

I bet you did not know this.......there are two main reasons why drivers get tickets. 1) Is cause the driver actually deserves the ticket for the reason they are stop. 2) Because of the drivers attitude. Have a nasty attitude and you can bet you will get a ticket for something wrong with the truck. That samething would have been over looked if the driver would have had a pleasant attitude.

DOT are not out to get us drivers. They have a job to do also. We drive trucks and they hold us accountable when we break the law.

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Innocent until proven guilty - unless you're a truck driver.

I'm stealing that!

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