Truckers pay the price of driving on ...

Truckers pay the price of driving on I-70

There are 76 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 10, 2007, titled Truckers pay the price of driving on I-70. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Truckers seemed to get the message Friday: Get off I-70. State troopers had communicated it personally to 77 truck drivers Thursday, the start of the I-70 overhaul in Downtown Indianapolis.

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Oldie Driver

Crawfordville, FL

#45 Mar 10, 2007
NEWBEE DRIVER wrote:
THIS IS REALLY A TWO EDGE SWORD SOME BIG RIG DRIVERS MAY RUN UP IN THE 70 JUST PASSING THROUGH AND HAVE NO IMMEDIATE EXIT OIR TURN AROUND BUT THEN SAFETY IS THE FIRST CONCERN NOBODY LOVES THE BIG TRUCK BUT WITHOUT THEM NOTHING WOULD BE HERE FOR OUR USE
TRY TO LOVE A BIG TRUCK! MAYBE TIME RESTRICTIONS MAY WORK?
WHY ARE YOU YELLING? Take your caps lock off genius.
Kumar

Brownsburg, IN

#46 Mar 10, 2007
Annoyed in Indy wrote:
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Most of the time I see our local law enforcement leading the pack on 465. They should be setting the example but they don't
I always get a chuckle when people think officers should drive the speed limit. Seriously, you really want cops driving 55 on the highway during rush-hour? I personally think it would be the easiest way to prevent speeding, but it's not really a good fee generator to drive laps around Indy pissing everyone off.
TroyM

Fort Wayne, IN

#47 Mar 10, 2007
I see a bunch of wannabe elitist snobs around here when it comes to truck drivers. Most of the people that badmouth truck drivers drive around in their big SUVs that are too big of a vehicle to handle. Most talk on their phone and they speed and cut people off. When they wreck into some poor soul in a smaller vehicle and mame them, they see it as just an unfortunate accident. But when one of these SUV snobs pulls into the path of a semi, and they get crushed, something must be done! It's all a me-first, I'm king of the world attitude. Some people have to have someone they look down upon.

Since: Jan 07

Shelbyville

#48 Mar 10, 2007
TroyM wrote:
I see a bunch of wannabe elitist snobs around here when it comes to truck drivers. Most of the people that badmouth truck drivers drive around in their big SUVs that are too big of a vehicle to handle. Most talk on their phone and they speed and cut people off. When they wreck into some poor soul in a smaller vehicle and mame them, they see it as just an unfortunate accident. But when one of these SUV snobs pulls into the path of a semi, and they get crushed, something must be done! It's all a me-first, I'm king of the world attitude. Some people have to have someone they look down upon.
Yeah, tell that to my daughter. While driving in an area where semi-trucks are not supposed to be a semi passed her on the right, came over into her lane, ran over the back of her car (a chevy cavalier), and kept going. She got over as far as she could to avoid the accident but he still ran over her.
Luckily one of the several witnesses called 911 and followed the driver til he stopped. The driver didn't even receive a ticket. Oh and by the way, I'm in no way an elitist snob against truckers. My father drove a truck for over 40 yrs and even HE says the drivers today think they own the roads.
Reality

Fishers, IN

#49 Mar 10, 2007
timothyaw wrote:
I wonder if some truckers are illiterate, the signs clearly state no trucks with trailers. If they weren't going 70+ maybe they could have time to actually read the signs.
I have noticed for awhile now that trucks have increasingly felt that they own the road. Even on the inner city freeways trucks past me(going 60)like I'm not even moving. I have seen trucks going 70 and even 80 on Indianapolis freeways! The ISP need to crack down on trucks 365 days a year, not just one day. We need a bypass around Indy just for trucks, and FORCE them to use it.
Truckers need to slow down; you are correct there. I was run off the road by one last week. Literally. However, these truckers are the backbone of our economy and Indianapolis has a tremendous number of distribution facilities so the semi trailer is here to stay.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#52 Mar 11, 2007
I drove about 36,000 miles last year and 95% of those miles were on 70 and 465 around Indianapolis. Out of thooe miles, I had one crash at 70 and Emerson Av. A car decided that traffice was going to slow and came over onto my front wheel. No damage to my truck but them lug nuts did a job on the side of her car. She admitted to what happen.

I do not even carry a CB with me most days, but I am going to start this week of putting it in, just to see what the other truck drivers are saying.

Reality, you state that truckers need to slow down. How about those cars passing you?

My rig is around 70 feet long. You should try to change lanes with that much of a truck. You think its clear and here comes a car doing 75 taking the spot you were heading for.

As far as truckers driving off from a crash, a truck can hit you and that trucker sometimes never feel the hit. There are also still blind spots that we cannot see into. Why do you always want to hide there then blame the truck driver?

Have you ever got behind a truck and just sit there by the rear trailer tires? There is over 400 or more lbs of air in those rear tires.(about 100lbs per tire) Have you ever seen one blow? I have had it blow my tail lights out.

For those who seem to hate trucks and drivers. Stop shopping because everything you buy, comes from that truck.
45ACP

United States

#54 Mar 11, 2007
DavidM wrote:
For those who seem to hate trucks and drivers. Stop shopping because everything you buy, comes from that truck.
So.... that gives a truck driver a free pass on driving like a freaking fool??? I'm tired of having to dodge the independent trucker as he/she tries to keep on schedule.

Please remember the Taylor U folks on I-69.... a perfect example of a misbehaving trucker, and there are a whole bunch more.
45ACP

United States

#55 Mar 11, 2007
News flash, Sunday morning, 7:00am... low/no traffic on I-69 at exit 10 (Hwy 238), another semi crashes... and it's a mess. Will be for hours.

Great job, CDL holders.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

#56 Mar 11, 2007
45A, If you have followed my post< I have put some of the blame on truck drivers also.

Did you know these facts:

1. You can be pulled over and your truck can be search at any time? Yes, you home that you live also.

2. If you have any smell of beer or liquer on your breath, you are shut down for 24 hours? Even a small amount that the test machine does not pick up?

3. A .04 is a DWI if you hold a CDL?

4. You can be taken to jail for 10 hours if you are running over your log book? I have seen it happen.

5. Any speed over 15 mph over the spped limit, is a recklus driving offense?

6. If you get 2 major convictions in one year, your off for a year?

If you want to apply for a job, just look at the want ads. They even offer you training.
mike main

Covington, KY

#58 Mar 11, 2007
45ACP wrote:
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So.... that gives a truck driver a free pass on driving like a freaking fool??? I'm tired of having to dodge the independent trucker as he/she tries to keep on schedule.
Please remember the Taylor U folks on I-69.... a perfect example of a misbehaving trucker, and there are a whole bunch more.
While you sit at home on your big fat butt and scroll through the b. s. and then you contribute your b. s. i guess you have to pick on the truckers and the accidents they are involved in.. how about all the cars that get into accidents and the children that are killed in those ... how about all the commercial buses like the one in atlanta that killed 6 on that... i have a c.d.l. and have never been in a accident with my commercial vehicule but i would love to take my bumper and drive it up your () jerk
Bill

Perrysburg, OH

#59 Mar 11, 2007
"We won't ever reduce it to zero," he said. Some truckers may fail to see the warning signs, and there will always be cowboys who think they can go cruising through, he added."

Sgt. David Bursten sounds like a cowboy himself!
Disagree

Indianapolis, IN

#60 Mar 11, 2007
Darren wrote:
<quoted text>Its the state department of transportation, in case your'e interested
That is whay INDOT stands for ..
Indiana department of transportation
RIP CHRIS HUTT

Indianapolis, IN

#61 Mar 11, 2007
EVERYONE NEEDS TO SLOW DOWN. Not just the truckres. Just ask the Hutt family. Their father, son, brother, uncle was killed becuase of two people trying to beat each other out for a spot. Unfourtunatley it is not just truckers who think they own the road, and everyone ignores road signs to slow down, or figures, everyone else is speeding so I can too. We do need more law enforcement on the highways monitoring speed and driving. These construction workers have familes to go home to. Unfourtunatley Chris never made it home to his, becase of irresponsible driving and speeding.
typical

Indianapolis, IN

#62 Mar 11, 2007
Hammerman wrote:
The State Police are following orders on this crack down. It is just another example though of police doing what they arer told even if it is unreasonable. I would ask that the traffic court or Marion County Prosecutor dismiss all of these tickets until such time as the Highway Markings are clearly posted for truckers +13K lbs. Driving N & S 465 on the East side, it is almost impossible for a driver unfamiliar with the area to read the signs prohibiting trucks on I-70 Super Zone. Why do you think so many drivers made the error? Failure to adequately warn them! Get the signs and even those huge lighted signs in use to alert truckers not familiar with the change or area. Why take a days wages out of their pocket? Their family suffurs because of the government's failure to install adequate signage.
The old it isn't my fault becase i didn't know.. What a load of crap... If you are speeding, you deserve a ticket.. I have paid ones I have gotten... It is all about beat the system. It is the drivers repsonsilibity to know the rules and follow them. I seriously doubt these truckers didn't know, and if they didn't then the didn;t stop and get wieghed where they were supposed to... Load of crap
Darren

Phoenix, AZ

#64 Mar 11, 2007
Disagree wrote:
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That is whay INDOT stands for ..
Indiana department of transportation
No crap, Sherlock. I'm from IN, ok and know what the initials are. there's no need to be condescending.
gimme a break.
45ACP

United States

#65 Mar 11, 2007
mike main wrote:
<quoted text> While you sit at home on your big fat butt and scroll through the b. s. and then you contribute your b. s. i guess you have to pick on the truckers and the accidents they are involved in.. how about all the cars that get into accidents and the children that are killed in those ... how about all the commercial buses like the one in atlanta that killed 6 on that... i have a c.d.l. and have never been in a accident with my commercial vehicule but i would love to take my bumper and drive it up your () jerk
Was that you, Mr Big Bad Semi-Driver, practically pushing a chevy down the east side of I-465 last Thursday?

You are welcome to try Mikey.

"911 what is your emergency?" will be the next cell phone call made. Better yet, let's just flood the 911 operators with calls every stinking time a semi gets stupid on the road... sound good mikey? How's that bumper sound now? Have a good day ther 'Good Buddy'.
Lady fromGreenfield

Indianapolis, IN

#66 Mar 11, 2007
ok we bash the truckers but what about the State Police and the Metro Police that blow pass you going 90mph
45ACP

Indianapolis, IN

#67 Mar 11, 2007
Lady fromGreenfield wrote:
ok we bash the truckers but what about the State Police and the Metro Police that blow pass you going 90mph
Only 90? But that's for another thread...
mike main

Covington, KY

#68 Mar 11, 2007
45ACP wrote:
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Was that you, Mr Big Bad Semi-Driver, practically pushing a chevy down the east side of I-465 last Thursday?
You are welcome to try Mikey.
"911 what is your emergency?" will be the next cell phone call made. Better yet, let's just flood the 911 operators with calls every stinking time a semi gets stupid on the road... sound good mikey? How's that bumper sound now? Have a good day ther 'Good Buddy'.
hey good budddy i got your good buddy dick

“Camel toe has an ugly sister”

Since: Mar 07

Gnaw Bone

#69 Mar 11, 2007
mike main wrote:
<quoted text> hey good budddy i got your good buddy dick
Wow, good come back. Where did you ever learn such witty reparte, from Florence the lot lizard?

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