Crazy Truck Passing Me On Video

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Arejay (RJ)'s Comment
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What does the driver say on the CB right after he merges back into the lane? Was it the Houser driver saying something? I wouldn't be surprised if he said something derogatory towards the Prime driver going slow. (Or going as fast as he could in the 62 mph governed truck) You hear this comment all the time driving a Prime truck with drivers saying how dangerous you are for being on the road going 55-62 mph. If I drive for too many hours at 60-62 I get a nasty gram on my Qualcom for bad driving practices. So the max speed I go is 58 mph cruise and only go faster if flow of traffic needs it to be safer to avoid this kind of situation. But who is really being dangerous here? The 62 mph truck or the A-hole that almost killed several people by being impatient and reckless?

So my point is it's not the governed trucks that are dangerous, it's the bad decisions made by other drivers around them that make them dangerous. The Drill Sergeants in the Army used to say "there wouldn't be any thieves if you would just lock your stuff in your foot locker." So who's in the wrong? The person that leaves something out or the thief that takes it? It's the same argument with governed trucks.

My sincere appreciation goes to Sherry Lee for making the right decision to no longer employ this dangerous driver. He may have gone 11 years without an accident but if he keeps making decisions like that, it is bound to happen sooner than later. Even though Chris made a great decision to slow and take the shoulder, the driver didn't merge back over until he was well past. I'm sure he was watching his life flash before his eyes or at least thanking God that the oncoming 4-wheelers were taking the shoulder to avoid getting killed and not watching his mirror to see when he was clear to move back. That's why I asked who spoke on the CB and what was said. I'm curious to know what this formerly employed Houser driver thinks of this? Has he accepted responsibility for making a very bad decision and using it to make himself a safer driver in the future? Or is he now scorned at slow governed trucks for losing his job? I may be asking a couple rhetorical questions here but I'll ask none the less.


I think this part of the school of thought is all part and parcel of the "Victim Mentality" so prevalent in our society now a days....

Goes right along with the idea that ....

"The murderer is not at fault, it was his horrible childhood that made him do it."

"The rapist is not at fault, he never would have been provoked to do such a thing if that girl wasn't begging for it with her provocative clothing."

Of course anybody with a lick of sense knows it's all hogwash, but we are not talking to or about people that use common-sense in their logic.

It's difficult to comment on this without taking it in a direction of political nature... so I'll cut myself short here, but I think there are many different things at play making people the way they are... and sadly I don't see anything to indicate this will change for the better any time soon.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Ya know, we're all trying to make a living and you hate to see anyone lose their job. But from the perspective of an experienced driver I have to say that anyone would expect to be fired if caught making a move like that. That's not something you get a second chance with. An honest mistake is one thing. We all make those. But that was indeed a fireable offense I'm afraid.

If I had made that move and my company had found out I would fully expect to lose my job.

Sherry, I feel for ya. I know letting a driver go that has been there that long has to be really, really tough on everyone. But we all know how much worse it could have been so thank God the only consequence was one person losing their job. And that person losing their job will hopefully lead to that driver making smarter decisions in the future, saving lives in the process. It was the right thing to do, as hard as it had to be.


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Sun King's Comment
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Sherry L, as a prospective driver, if I lived in Houser's service area they would be on my radar. Safety is priority number one to me. Having a company come out publicly regarding a difficult situation as this, and acting in a manner that shows they care about safety speaks volumes.

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