drivers rights?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ad356, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

    May 28, 2015
    I concur.

    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.

    Car destroyed.
    Tandems sitting at 45°
    2 cars towed
    1 person (pilled up driver) in the ambulance.
    Dash cam showed everything.
    No citation.

    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.
  2. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    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.
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  3. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

    Oct 19, 2018
    I fail to see what the problem is,
    I'll happily be drug or alcohol tested any time I am driving.
  4. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    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.
  5. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
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  6. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard, just like an airline pilot is. We know the rules going in. Whining about afterward does absolutely no good.
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  7. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Valrico FL
    So glad I get to drive a truck and not have to deal with a single one of those things ..... it's good to be me lol.
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  8. Scoot 1971

    Scoot 1971 Light Load Member

    Nov 22, 2018
    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?
  9. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    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.

    Cops DO NOT have a right to search your truck, it chaps them to no end when you tell them no, but they just have to get glad again as far as I am concerned.
    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.
  10. Majestic 670

    Majestic 670 Heavy Load Member

    May 10, 2016
    We dont need no education.We dont need no thought control.We dont need no dark sarcasm in this classroom.
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