My only altercation came about 8 years ago.
I was just tooling along northbound, approaching an intersection with a green light when a 4 wheeler blew the red light to my left.. slammed another 4 wheeler going south... crossed all the traffic and was barreling towards me.
It all went down in 2 seconds and I had nowhere to go.
I was able to crowd to the right to avoid a head on, but they went under my tandems.
Tandems sitting at 45°
2 cars towed
1 person (pilled up driver) in the ambulance.
Dash cam showed everything.
I went straight to terminal and volunteered to go pee.
They said it wasn't necessary.
I would have thpught for sure I'd have had to go... but nope.
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It's the death of common sense that caused all this, or the lack of situations requiring common sense. I was self taught too. I've told this many times, but it bears repeating. My 1st trucking job in the late 70's ( drove straight trucks before that) my boss asked me if I had a chauffeurs license, I said no, he said you better get one. At the DMV, the examiner asked if I had a road test in the last 2 years. I said, I took my motorcycle test last year, good enough, $8 bucks. And I was a city boy too, aside from straight trucks, I never had any training. This WHOLE thing boils down to one thing, the cell phone. That,,,changed,,,everything. Cars get safer, trucks get safer, roads are safer, then something as distracting as a cell phone, blows it all out of the water. The devil itself, or at least the insurance business, same thing.
You mean no one read you the drivers rights in CDL school? Dang
You have the right to:
Park nowhere. Get a ticket, tow or tire boot at any time once you can park. Smell trucker piss wafting out of the ground at all parking spots at all times. Work around the clock for slave wages. See anti- "human trafficking" media everywhere you can park to pee, while making said slave wages. Spend those slave wages on highway robbery fast food in proximity to the peepee spot. Lease purchase your own cascadia to become your own slave driver. Drive down freight rates so everyone else can suffer with you.
Was involved in an accident two summers back while bob tailing. Guy in a pickup crossed two lanes of traffic and slammed into my right side. Local police, (Athens, Tx), responded and quickly determined the motorist was at fault. No drug or alcohol testing for me at all, not even for company I pull for. I wonder if State Trooper responded to accident, would they have required testing?
The OP is dreaming if you think changing federal drug laws will change the fact you will have to be tested to drive.
Many construction companies test at any accident and a guy doesn't even have to have a license.
Customs is a different story, or border patrol within 100 miles or something like that of the border, also has the right.
I was one of those extra log, 20 hours a day, outlaws for years. never even tried any sort of drugs, period.
I also never put a scratch, on a rig except for once because of equipment failure.
I also had zero training, and to this day have never even had to take a driving test, when I turned 18 I just took a written test and got my commercial license.
More training is not the holy grail either, they need to quit trying to train folks that do not have what it takes to be a driver.
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