Pre-Pass: Easy Green lights at the Coups

Discussion in 'Trucker Legal Advice' started by fins2feathers, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

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    Looking for an easy green on your next trip through the chicken house?
    What are all those antennas on the highways and byways for anyways?
    You see the pressure pads on the highways all the time and that annoying low pitched static sound on your cb that appears out of the blue when you least expect it? Are all these the new high tech tracking devises we hear about that DOT are installing nationwide. You bet they are!! thats the truth and Im not lying either. next time your driving around Atlanta, Ga.. try driving the 285 circle at say 2 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit rather than 5 to 10 over like everyone else, you'll see more green lights on your pre-pass at the scale. also that extra buck on the re-weight ticket goes farther than you'll realize, the more even your load is balanced, the less likely attention you want from the scale house, hence more green lights. other factors for balanced loads are, less drag, better eta's, better fuel economy and a smother ride that drives up and down hills better. Another trick, an old one but always a good one, your riding with a pack, its unfortunate that everyone is in a hurry and your all bunch up, at the last couple of miles before the scale, let them all pass you up, basically your preloading the scale house and the ramp to it with trucks, can't bypass the scale unless the ramps full right? Duh" little things make big impacts on the road and can make things better or worse depending on how you handle them. look for ways to improve your ride, and be safe, Sincerely, DMus
     
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  3. GoneButNotForgotten

    GoneButNotForgotten Heavy Load Member

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    Methinks you may be giving Big Brother waaaay too much credit.
     
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  4. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

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    maybe but you see the pads way before you get to the scale, you see the antennas everywhere around big cities especially, and the coupes are being rebuilt with bigger and better equipment every year. open yur eyes while yur driving, don't jus stare at the zipper or the hooters next to ya, make an impact not just for yourself but maybe for someone who follows us.
     
  5. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

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    The pressure pads are showing up all over the place. They are actually scales that weigh your unit as you drive over them. If an overweight is detected, local authorities are alerted and dispatched to track down the driver.
     
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  6. Tank33

    Tank33 Medium Load Member

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    Honestly, I can't see how those things are accurate.

    A truck traveling at 60 MPH, going over a pad that's what, 2 feet long? That set of wheels is on the scale for probably a tenth of a second, maybe it's even less then that. A set of wheels that only makes contact with a pad for a millisecond isn't what I would call accurate axle weights.
     
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  7. fins2feathers

    fins2feathers Bobtail Member

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    As for the high tech antennas, I'm gonna list a few in short because there are way more than we all realize. These are just some of the more recognized versions that have been in use for more than the last ten years and implemented in the last decade.
    Wavetronix Radar Devise, EIS RTMS Radar Devise, Fixed Directional Tube Cameras, Pan Tilt Zoom Cameras common in almost every major city, 2.4 GHz. Array Antennas, Emergency Vehicle Preemption Receiver Antennas, Red Light Activation Terminals common at most traffic signals, Yagi or Toll Tag Identifier (TTI) Antennas, and the list goes on and on. In short most antennas are designed to recognize traffic flow patterns, speed, size and density of vehicle types. Some antennas like you will see on highways near expressways, mountains, rivers, or high wildlife traffic areas have a different uses designed to warn drivers of potential risks like fog or an animal crossing the highway. But in short, after reading this you will most likely start seeing them like I have for quite some time now. I've always wondered what are all these high tech devises being installed everywhere, what are they for? Protection? Spying on us? Is it improvement? and if so, what purposes is it for? certainly for us or against us?

    Use your imagination next time you see one, Sincerely, DMus
     
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  8. Hardlyevr

    Hardlyevr Road Train Member

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    The big traffic alert signs on I-80 in PA, if there is nothing going on, will tell you to slow down if you are hustling along.
     
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  9. skateboardman

    skateboardman Road Train Member

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    fin feather, the antennas on I-285 are common, you can go on the ga dot website and watch live traffic flow from almost every intersection on 285 ,75 and ,85 and 20. and even several miles out from the perimeter.

    actaually on the ga site you can access traffic cams from all over the state, comes in handy after snow or ice
     
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  10. dude6710

    dude6710 Road Train Member

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    exactly, and put in road debries and several thousand other 4 wheelers driving over them each day. So they re-calibrate these every day? every hour?
     
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  11. Cudascious

    Cudascious Medium Load Member

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    The pads arent that accurate, but they will measure the weight and at around 7ok estimated they might red light you to come in for an accurate weigh. Or possibly the overhead thing is reading your transponder, and the pad is confirming that you are really a multi axle truck, to distinguish from cars and other vehicles not subject to being weighed.

    The pads confirm that its a truck, and that alerts them to read the transponder info. At the same time the pads get a general idea of your weight...

    Just what I think, just a theory,,
     
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