Dallas to begin enforcing new idling law April 1

Discussion in 'Truckers News' started by Cybergal, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. tuckerndfw

    tuckerndfw Light Load Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    The point of my previous comment is that the accuser (cop) MUST prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt in order to make his charges stick.

    So long as drivers do not admit they were idling there is no way a cop can prove it.

    What's he gonna do, hook up a certified (by the state) tachometer to the offending engine to support his claim the engine was idling?

    Which is what he would have to do to prevail in court (so long as dummy driver doesn't admit he was idling).

    Stupid laws passed by stupid politicians for stupid people.
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  3. AfterShock

    AfterShock Road Train Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    Inland Empire, California
    Kick 'er up to 1000 RPM and it ain't idling.
    Engage the fan clutch and the air conditioner compressor and there's a "load on the engine".
    So simple, even a cave man could do it. :yes2557: :biggrin_25510:
  4. Truckerjo

    Truckerjo Road Train Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Wishful thinking..

    ITS A TICKET.......

    Thus guilty till proven innocent.. The law "innocent till proven guilty" does not apply in traffic court..

    They right you a ticket, your guilty...

    Far as idle? there is such thing as low and high idle so RPM has nothing to do with it..

    Load? Fan and A/C? in truth it may be a load but I really doubt the court will allow that as a defense..
  5. Parrotthead65

    Parrotthead65 Bobtail Member

    Nov 11, 2007
    Phoenix, Az
    I like what truckerndfw says about keeping your truck above idle. Burns more fuel but hypothetically the Texas DPS and local Barneys couldn't touch us. Just have to idle until someone comes on over the radio and reports that bears are in the area and then BANG everyone goes to high idle. Just an idea...
  6. AfterShock

    AfterShock Road Train Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    Inland Empire, California
    Unless you know of a good way to "idle" IN gear, I don't see any way around THAT definition (A) -- Unless you're in the driver's seat, holding the clutch in. But then you'd be ON duty. So much for your "consecutive" ten or thirty-four hour break. :biggrin_25521:
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