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Arkansas bill would tweak state’s speed trap law
Some Arkansas towns would like to write more traffic tickets. As a result, the Arkansas Municipal
League will pursue legislation in the session that begins Jan. 8 to amend the state’s speed trap
Weather wreaks havoc on major truck routes
What a mess for truckers and other travelers. While airports are getting plenty of media attention,
from coast to coast, it’s big trouble for major truck routes, too. And apparently there’s more on the
Group offers scholarships for vets interested in trucking
For many veterans of military service, the transition back into civilian life can be a difficult one. But
when it comes to those individuals entering the trucking industry, at least one group is trying to
make the process easier and more affordable.
Ohio toll increase
On Tuesday, December 19, landlinemag.com reported tolls for Class 8 trucks running the Ohio
Turnpike will pay more as of Jan. 1, 2007. The correct amount of the increase for Class 8 trucks
is $33.50 for the entire 241-mile length of the turnpike.
Santa’s sleigh goes green
The U.S. Department of Transportation is putting a new twist on an old Christmas tradition this
Trucking student faces deportation
Instructors at a truck driving school in Rhode Island thought it was suspicious that one of their
students – who was going for a CDL with hazmat endorsement – wasn’t interested in learning
how to back up.
Capitol Christmas tree hauler heads for home
Now that the Capitol Christmas tree has been lit in Washington, DC, OOIDA member Gordy
Grove, who hauled the hand-picked tree from his home state of Washington, is heading for
home – and some much needed rest and relaxation.
That’s one big Christmas tree
It’s taken a massive amount of time and effort to coordinate the transportation of this year’s
Capitol Christmas tree – a 65-foot long Pacific silver fir – to Washington, DC. Now that it’s arrived
safely, it’s time to get out the decorations.
Chapel Room Update:
Brother Jeff Thornton's first sermon in the chapel room will be Nov. 26, 2006. Brother Thornton
will also receive your prayer requests through his personal email account.
God Bless and Safe Trails
Capitol tree leaves Seattle for Washington, DC
OOIDA member Gordy Grove of Langley, WA, set off from Seattle, WA, Friday morning with an
important mission – he’s delivering the 65-foot-tall Christmas tree that will stand outside the U.S.
Capitol building in Washington, DC.
Canadian trucker named as Truck Hero
A trucker from St. Paul, Alberta, Canada, received the 2006 Bridgestone Firestone Canadian
Truck Hero Award on Thursday, Nov. 16, for his bravery in saving a fellow trucker.
Iowa trucker fends off attack
A truck driver is lucky he wasn’t seriously injured after being attacked by two men on the shoulder
of an Iowa highway last Friday.
Marines celebrate 231st birthday
While Saturday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – is meant to honor all men and women who have
served in the armed forces, there’s another celebration this week for one specific branch of our
Trucker saved by cell phone
A cell phone may have saved a Texas trucker’s life when a sniper’s bullet first struck the phone,
then hit his neck.
Tolls finally removed from Thruway in Buffalo, NY
Truckers and four-wheelers alike were honking their horns Monday on the New York State
Thruway near Buffalo, celebrating the closure of the two toll booths that had made Buffalo the
only big city in the state that you had to pay to get into.
TRIP urges caution on state of U.S. bridges
A watchdog group that focuses on roads and bridges says more than one-fourth of the United
States’ bridges are either structurally deficient, or were built so long ago that their designs are
Respect the Difference
Gary Bricken was sitting around a truck stop recently listening to drivers share some of their life
stories when someone raised the subject of the younger drivers....
No change in truck fatality rate
According to the latest data from the Dept. Of Transportation (DOT), the actual number of truck
fatalities in 2005 was 5,212, down from 5,235 in 2004....
Iowa trucker saves family from fire
A Sioux City, IA, trucker has been recognized by the Truckload Carriers Association for helping
get a family out of their burning house.
Thank you Gena Seibel.
Trucker saves woman with the shirt off his back
(Land Line Magazine - Oct '06 pg.20)
A Jonesboro, AR, trucker literally gave the shirt off his back recently to save a seriously injured
Barry Byram was behind a Volkswagen Beetle when it went out of control and overturned on
Interstate 40 at Brownsville, TN. Byram pulled over and climbed into the car through a shattered
back window. The woman in the car was semi-conscious and he could see that her right leg
was bleeding profusely. He tore his shirt off and made a tourniquet out of it. Eventually a state
trooper arrived to help and the woman was taken to a hospital.
Thank you Barry Byram.
Truckstops as business centers
There are some 1,600 truck stops nationwide and they are becoming more integral to the daily
operations of carriers and drivers alike. For example, approximately 40% of all drivers use laptop
computers on the road...
|What's News - May thru December 2006