[Video] Truck Driver Busts Cop On His Cellphone, Speeding

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Bob H.'s Comment
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I agree with Brett 100%. I suspect that this driver may have had a run in with the law recently and his actions were his way of sticking it back to "the man". Although I have nothing to hide, I avoid going around calling undue attention to myself. The LEO could have called for DOT and had the truck gone over REALLY well with odds in favor of them finding something, however minute, to write him up for. The only thing this guy accomplished was waste half an hour or so of his day

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The cop was breaking laws and thought he could get away with reckless driving

I don't know if I would go that far. You make it sound like an old episode of C.H.I.P.S. or Dukes Of Hazard. I don't think he was quite running down old ladies on the sidewalk or jumping the off-ramps like he's in X Games. He was apparently driving a little fast and talking on the phone. Wow. Stop the presses. That's only being done by 23% of the drivers nationwide at this very moment, and every moment.

And he knows there are cameras everywhere. He's using one himself every second of his time on duty. He was filming himself the same time the trucker was filming him. So it's not like he got caught dragging the trucker into a back alley for a knuckle sandwich, Mafia-style, and the trucker's life was saved only by the grace of God and his camera. Jeesh.

Here's my take on this. All of my years on the road I was so busy trying to make sure I got loads picked up and delivered safely and on time that I didn't have the time or the interest in making people look bad, antagonizing cops, or setting people up to take a fall. I was on a mission to make all of the money I could and enjoy my life on the road while hoping to God I never made a major mistake and killed someone.

Apparently I wasn't as fortunate as the guy in this video because he seems to have all of the extra time and energy in the world to focus on setting people up, ****ing people off, and trying to make others look bad. H*ll, the last thing on Earth I was trying to do was pick a fight, get pulled over, or make people look bad. But hey, maybe I'm just one of those crazy idiots who likes to work hard, make a lot of money, stay out of trouble, be kind to people, and worry about doing my own job.

Again, use the word "helpful" as a filter. How on Earth was anything this driver did helpful to anyone? Did he fix a crooked cop? Did he make society a better place? Did he show the world how much integrity truckers have? Come on - get serious! He didn't accomplish anything except cause a bunch of grief for himself and that cop.

Life is too short for this kind of garbage in my opinion. If the cop was genuinely doing something seriously wrong like a knuckle sandwich beating in a back alley - that's completely different. But this trucker was just bored and irritated with life. He was looking to pick a fight.

I'll bet you anything in the world he's one of the CB Rambos you hear out there constantly aggravating everyone. Apparently he's bored and he's not being productive enough to keep himself busy so he's just looking around for something to do. And that never ends well for the person that he decides will be his entertainment for the next twenty minutes.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The LEO could have called for DOT and had the truck gone over REALLY well with odds in favor of them finding something, however minute, to write him up for.

That is exactly my point. This was incredibly risky and accomplished nothing. I don't know what made this driver think this was a good idea but I'm willing to bet he has a lot of these "good ideas".

And for those new to the trucking industry, let me be clear about something. There is no such thing as being 100% legal out there. Never in the history of American Trucking has a cop pulled a trucker over and couldn't find anything wrong no matter how hard he tried. They can always find something.

If you get pulled over by a cop or pulled in for a DOT inspection you better be aware of what a precarious situation you are in. You do not have the rights that the general public has. You're a commercial driver in a commercial vehicle. It's a whole different ballgame. You are a lamb in a lion's den. You have no authority and your fate is almost entirely in the hands of the officers. Treat them with the utmost respect and hope to God you can drive away without losing your next paycheck to fines or losing your job because of too many violations.

The idea that anyone, especially a trucker, would go out of their way to get pulled over so they can pick a fight with a cop is almost incomprehensible to me. If you get confused and forget who the lion is and who the lamb is it won't be long before you're reminded in a big, big way. Ignore this advice at your own peril.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pat M.'s Comment
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I agree that this could have been handled differently. He could have gotten the car number and called the desk sergeant and filed a complaint. That is how it should have been handled. Now he had put himself and the officer in danger by becoming a hazard on the side of the road. Not to mention the other motoring public.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I told myself I was not going to comment at all to this post cause the behavior of that driver was worse than what can be expected of a 12 year old.

We had a poster recently post this.....

I'm going to pile in with my two cents: I believe that the trucker in this case did everything exactly correct. Every single thing. Everything he did, and everything he said. I do not ever say "fn©k the police'; that's not my way. But I will say that everything that this driver did and said was exactly what should have been done and said.

.... And this was the main reason I am responding to what is now fast coming a big black eye for the industry. Let me explain. We have had a few major wrecks lately. The most televised was the Wal Mart truck. Now we have a video that has surfaced that shows a driver that is extremely argumentive from the start which put the officer on the defensive. Wtf ?!

We must remember that driver SAID he had video of the officer speeding and on the phone. Where is the proof of this? Why has this video not been released if it really is true? Seems funny. Empty threat? Who knows.

But here is the point. We have had several major accidents and now we have a video of a jacka$$ trying to force a cop into making a mistake. Now what does the general public remember? The cop speeding in which no proof has been provided and going on the say so of a clown taking only? NO! The general public will remember the truck wrecks and since this idiot is a truck driver they will connect his attitude with the truck wrecks and effectively making things worse for us all.

TThe saddest part of all? This video has went viral, which I am sure was the intent, and every major media source in the wold is reporting it. This one stupid video now has the power to give the trucking industry it's biggest black eye in over a decade.

And to the person I put in quotes above.... Well I am sorry your attitude and mental level is on the same level at the drivers in the video.

And sir do you or anyone on this forum know who Guy Fawkes is? Any clue? Go look it up. Once you learn the history behind Guy Fawkes then continue read........... The Guy Fawkes mask that is in frame to the right when the video starts is a symbol that has come to represent anti government or in this case "trying to stick it to the man". The hacker group known as Anonymous has came to except this symbol as their own to put a face on a faceless group.

That mask is not in the start of the video by mistake. No driver carries such things unless there is meaning behind them. And since the mask showed up in this type of video it's pretty easy to conclude that the drivers attitude is not just for the video but it's his real feelings towards authorities weather police or government.

So we can all thank the dumb a$$ that made the video for setting back the trucking industries reputation 20 years.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Brett Aquila's Comment
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This really is starting to become a scary trend. The Columbine shooting did the same thing back in the day. That shooting got so much media attention that kids starting saying, "Awesome! Now we know exactly how to bring attention to how we feel too!" ....and the massacres began. Here's a quote from the Wikipedia Article About It:

Highly influential, it [the shooting] is noted as one of the first and most serious of a series of high profile spree shootings which have since occurred

No question. It started a shooting spree that lasted for years after that.

So first we had that idiot "Abe" trucker who was too lazy to do his job so he tried to setup his dispatcher with a camera and that got tens of thousands of views in a week. Now we have the clown we're talking about here. And there are probably already thousands of others where someone is trying to get publicity by pretending to be a whistle blower and setting someone up to take the fall.

If you create a way for insecure, manipulative people to get a lot of attention they're going to come out of the woodwork like insects. And of course the people who get all of the attention are the very last people you'd ever want representing your group in any way.

All we need now is a TV show: "Trucker Blackmail!" where idiots can run around garnering attention for themselves by setting up innocent, unsuspecting professionals to take the fall using blatant lies and manipulation. I don't see how that could make our reputation any worse.

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Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

mountain girl's Comment
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Were the two to trade professions today, I can guarantee you, the state trooper would out-perform that commercial driver on every level imaginable, every day of the year, and the latter would never even make it in to the academy.

Enough said.

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-mountain girl

mountain girl's Comment
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...my point being:

Mr. Camera-holder-with-one-hand-off-the-wheel-seriously-lacking-judgement-and-character is making a joke of himself, all on his own, and cannot ruin that which belongs to me: my reputation.

Nor can he ruin yours, or the state trooper's, or anyone else's.

Take the high-road. ...The Trucking Truth High Road.

-mountain girl

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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...my point being:

Mr. Camera-holder-with-one-hand-off-the-wheel-seriously-lacking-judgement-and-character is making a joke of himself, all on his own, and cannot ruin that which belongs to me: my reputation.

Nor can he ruin yours, or the state trooper's, or anyone else's.

Take the high-road. ...The Trucking Truth High Road.

-mountain girl

Oh yes he can ruin your reputation. Out here on the road you reputation is not about the job you do for your company though that does count. The reputation I am talking about comes from how the public views you. YOU meaning truck driver.

The reason any driver should be upset about this is not because we have done something personally to mess up. It's the public view of us that will get messed up. Groups like Public Citizen and the other anti truck groups use each and every incident against us every chance they get. Why do you think the Hours of Service has been in court since 2003? Because of groups like Public Citizen and M. A. T. T. (Mom's against tired truckers).

You may not view his actions as bad as they really are but what is a family at home going to think when all the propaganda starts and that video shows up in the middle of it? They will think like most people that know nothing about truckers that we are all like that. Angry. Driving tired. Hitting four wheelers with the truck. Does not matter if it's true or not.

No its not your personal reputation that is at stake every time an idiot pops up to show the world his butt. But it's your reputation as a truck driver that is at stake.

We used to be the Knights of the Road. We were looked up to. We were the first people that motorist turned to for help when something happened while on the road. Not anymore sadly.

It's not resent events that has caused this. It's the little things that add up to what is happening now. Don't get me wrong. I will be the first one to stand up and be ready to fight for trucking. I am extremely defensive when it comes to trucking. But on the other hand I am also a realist. I know that a very small portion of the drivers out here are the real problem but when it comes to the media "Blood Sales" meaning no one wants to hear about the good side of trucking or the long hours it takes to do our jobs. They want the negative stuff cause it sales airtime. People would get bored if everything was sold as all warm sunshine and puppies. It's not interesting. But show a video, one mind you that a trucker took himself, and show the public at large a driver being combative with an officer. An office that the general public has been taught from an early age that should be shown respect. That drivers attitude towards that cop will cause outrage most people that were raised to show respect towards authority.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

mountain girl's Comment
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Granted. It is a black-eye for the troopers and the truckers.

... Just don't get caught up in the havoc he's wreaking.

"Peer" him out.

Where's the complaint process in which other truckers can file complaints against him? I'm in. Let's do it. Brett, maybe truckers out there should (could? maybe? I dunno' ...) issue a collective statement agreeing that this in no way reflects the professionalism of the majority, if this thing were to get out of hand? Or, maybe it's not worth the time, in this case. But if there is no way for members of any profession to keep themselves in check, then others will find ways to do it for them.

He's not part of my circle of friends here. And if there is no way to file a complaint about him, one trucker vs another, all you can do is keep your side of the street clean, do your part, and keep your professional distance from guys like this. He's a little "barracks lawyer" who isn't trained in the letter of the law and the whole thing is based on the premise that he's actually telling the truth and oh, by the way, can he prove anything in a court of law? Cops don't stop suspects unless they have reasonable doubt and evidence that's verifiable - otherwise they're wasting the DA's time, right? Yeah, this clown makes us look bad because he appears, sounds, and acts unprofessionally. I don't like it and none of us really have control over public opinion.

We can be the most professional truckers possible out there and choose to not let him waste our time and energy because that's how guys like him thrive - through the meaningless chaos they cause. I myself, am trying to stay out of his little pig-pen so I don't smell like him.

He's a nobody and his career is probably not going to last that long. I understand and feel your passion for positive change. That's going to require the rest of us leading by example and leading well.

I'm trying refrain validating him at all, by giving him as little reaction from me as possible.

Abandon his lame a** and leave him to squirm on his own ...in every way.

-mountain girl

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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