Ohio trucker was watching porn when r...

Ohio trucker was watching porn when rig struck car, killing dri...

There are 54 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jan 27, 2010, titled Ohio trucker was watching porn when rig struck car, killing dri.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

New York State police say an Ohio truck driver was watching pornography on his laptop when his rig struck a disabled car on the New York State Thruway last month, killing the driver.

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Generation Dumb and Lazy

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 27, 2010
Yet another example of trashy truck drivers killing innocent car drivers. Why are these people driving huge crushing vehicles on the same roads as everyone else again? Put that freight on a train and the engineer can watch all the porn he wants.
Seriously

Columbus, OH

#2 Jan 27, 2010
Where were the NYS Police? Giving tickets for a mile over the speed limit instead of patrolling the thruway.
A PROFESSIONAL driver

Columbus, OH

#4 Jan 27, 2010
Generation Dumb and Lazy wrote:
Yet another example of trashy truck drivers killing innocent car drivers. Why are these people driving huge crushing vehicles on the same roads as everyone else again? Put that freight on a train and the engineer can watch all the porn he wants.
I think this guy is an idiot and should not have been on the road without taking his mandatory sleeper berth break. Let alone to be watching porn. The trucks are on the road because you need and want your goods at the stores. If you want to go back to what Eisenhower envisioned the interstate system for (military transportation and commerce) than the 4 wheel drivers should stick to the state and county roads and stay off of the interstates.
I would love to see how frustrated you people would get if they took all the trucks off the roads and you had to wait for hours at a crossing while that mile long train was waiting to get unloaded one car at a time at your local Wal Mart or Kroger. Or you couldn't hit your local drive through until the train was done unloading at your fast food restaurant. How would you like to not be able to go up and down Broad St. because the trains had to deliver gas to the gas stations? That's the job I do and sometimes I have to hit the stations twice in a day.
Everything you have from the food you eat to the clothes you wear to the materials that built your home and the computer you type on came delivered on a truck. Check the FMCSA's website. Truck accidents are at an all time low in association to miles driven. The drivers we have on the road now are some of the best trained in history. When a truck and a car have an accident over 70% of the time it the the fault of the car's driver. While there are truck drivers who should not be driving a truck, I'm sure there are people in your profession who do not belong also. And with new regulations as CSA 2010, the bad drivers will soon be weeded out.
DGG2004

Norwich, OH

#5 Jan 28, 2010
Are you kidding me??? I hope this guy gets the book thrown at him...he is one of the truckers that gives rise to the stereotype that the first poster seems to believe. Most drivers are professionals and follow the rules, but there is always one yahoo that ruins it for everyone.
fred

Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 28, 2010
internet will is built into cars ...we'll allow it and then wring our hands because it causes accidents..then attempt to enact laws about using it while driving..da dee daa daa daa
whatelseisnew

Columbus, OH

#7 Jan 28, 2010
fred wrote:
internet will is built into cars ...we'll allow it and then wring our hands because it causes accidents..then attempt to enact laws about using it while driving..da dee daa daa daa
That may be all well and good. But common sense is the issue here. If the idiot wanted to watch porn and get his rocks off then he should have pulled the damn truck off the road. I don't believe anyone can drive and watch any kind of picture while driving, something will suffer in the long run. The key here is DRIVING A TRUCK. And as we can see some poor lady lost her life, because he wanted to satisfy he filthy needs. Should have gotten a room. Damn idiot. My prayers are with this poor woman's family.
whatelseisnew

Columbus, OH

#8 Jan 28, 2010
There's a time and a place for everything and seeing this outcome, we know that driving and watching porn was not the time or the place. He should have been the one to be killed. Not that poor lady.
whatelseisnew

Columbus, OH

#10 Jan 28, 2010
A PROFESSIONAL driver wrote:
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I think this guy is an idiot and should not have been on the road without taking his mandatory sleeper berth break. Let alone to be watching porn. The trucks are on the road because you need and want your goods at the stores. If you want to go back to what Eisenhower envisioned the interstate system for (military transportation and commerce) than the 4 wheel drivers should stick to the state and county roads and stay off of the interstates.
I would love to see how frustrated you people would get if they took all the trucks off the roads and you had to wait for hours at a crossing while that mile long train was waiting to get unloaded one car at a time at your local Wal Mart or Kroger. Or you couldn't hit your local drive through until the train was done unloading at your fast food restaurant. How would you like to not be able to go up and down Broad St. because the trains had to deliver gas to the gas stations? That's the job I do and sometimes I have to hit the stations twice in a day.
Everything you have from the food you eat to the clothes you wear to the materials that built your home and the computer you type on came delivered on a truck. Check the FMCSA's website. Truck accidents are at an all time low in association to miles driven. The drivers we have on the road now are some of the best trained in history. When a truck and a car have an accident over 70% of the time it the the fault of the car's driver. While there are truck drivers who should not be driving a truck, I'm sure there are people in your profession who do not belong also. And with new regulations as CSA 2010, the bad drivers will soon be weeded out.
That is the job truckers chose and they get paid well for doing it. It still doesn't justify someone driving a truck while watching porn. It end doesn't justify the means. I was married to a truck driver and I know how hard it is to drive those long miles. That is why now there are rules about getting at least seven or eight hours of sleep when driving a very long trip. So, my hat goes off to the truck drivers for doing their jobs, but I have no sympathy for the one's who are putting everyone else at risk, because of not obeying the rules. That is said of anyone who doesn't abide by the rules whether they are driving a truck or a car. Logic is the key here. Plain and simple that driver was in the wrong no question about it. I have seen some of the truck drivers on the highways and there are some who shouldn't be allowed to drive one. Just as there are people who drives cars recklessly and drive while intoxicated, or text messaging who shouldn't be allowed to driver either. It's a catch twenty two on both. Good and bad. Therefore innocent victims are at risk and are unsuspected targets in these selfish drivers and sometimes they come out with little damage while the innocent victims and their families have serious injuries and fatalities. Enough is Enough.
Let the pun fun begin

Elmhurst, IL

#13 Jan 28, 2010
Driving can be hard work
YoBro

United States

#14 Jan 28, 2010
porn kills!!
Dirk

Columbus, OH

#15 Jan 28, 2010
A PROFESSIONAL driver wrote:
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Everything you have from the food you eat to the clothes you wear to the materials that built your home and the computer you type on came delivered on a truck. Check the FMCSA's website. Truck accidents are at an all time low in association to miles driven. The drivers we have on the road now are some of the best trained in history.
FAIL, I get my food locally, ride my bike to work, knit my own clothes, and built my own computer from recycled parts.

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#16 Jan 28, 2010
A PROFESSIONAL driver wrote:
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While there are truck drivers who should not be driving a truck, I'm sure there are people in your profession who do not belong also.
Yes, but the difference is if someone screws up in my job, someone's computer won't boot up. If someone screws up in your profession, a mother of two becomes roadkill. Your driving a multi-multi-ton wrecking ball; there need to be high standards. Plus, this wasn't a guy screwing up, this was a guy who make the conscious decision to watch porn while driving his semi. That porn didn't accidentally just start streaming on his pc.
Columbus Resident

Hayesville, OH

#17 Jan 28, 2010
What a freakin' idiot!!! Will this idiocy ever end?
areyoukidding

Lancaster, OH

#18 Jan 28, 2010
A PROFESSIONAL driver wrote:
<quoted text>
I think this guy is an idiot and should not have been on the road without taking his mandatory sleeper berth break. Let alone to be watching porn. The trucks are on the road because you need and want your goods at the stores. If you want to go back to what Eisenhower envisioned the interstate system for (military transportation and commerce) than the 4 wheel drivers should stick to the state and county roads and stay off of the interstates.
I would love to see how frustrated you people would get if they took all the trucks off the roads and you had to wait for hours at a crossing while that mile long train was waiting to get unloaded one car at a time at your local Wal Mart or Kroger. Or you couldn't hit your local drive through until the train was done unloading at your fast food restaurant. How would you like to not be able to go up and down Broad St. because the trains had to deliver gas to the gas stations? That's the job I do and sometimes I have to hit the stations twice in a day.
Everything you have from the food you eat to the clothes you wear to the materials that built your home and the computer you type on came delivered on a truck. Check the FMCSA's website. Truck accidents are at an all time low in association to miles driven. The drivers we have on the road now are some of the best trained in history. When a truck and a car have an accident over 70% of the time it the the fault of the car's driver. While there are truck drivers who should not be driving a truck, I'm sure there are people in your profession who do not belong also. And with new regulations as CSA 2010, the bad drivers will soon be weeded out.
Are you a trucker, or just an idiot? Trains unloading at Walmart??? Even if we drastically reduced interstate trucking traffic, I don't think anyone is calling for elinination of local trucks to deliver goods. C'mon dude, at least have a realistic argument...
Greg

Columbus, OH

#19 Jan 28, 2010
Seriously wrote:
Where were the NYS Police? Giving tickets for a mile over the speed limit instead of patrolling the thruway.
These unfortunate accidents happen very quickly. Unless the trooper were standing on the step to the cab, the trooper would not know whether the trucker was talking with his dispatcher or watching a movie. The troopers cannot follow every truck, every minute.

Since: Jun 09

Bellaire, OH

#20 Jan 28, 2010
This is sad, but I have seen drivers in cars on Columbus highways watching porn as the drive. It is not only truck drivers.
Just a Thought

Columbus, OH

#24 Jan 28, 2010
While this sounds outrageous because of the porn, it's really not that far removed from texting while driving. Al least one hand and the brain occupied with something other than driving.

“So far left, I'm right”

Since: Aug 09

Location hidden

#25 Jan 28, 2010
Greg wrote:
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These unfortunate accidents happen very quickly. Unless the trooper were standing on the step to the cab, the trooper would not know whether the trucker was talking with his dispatcher or watching a movie. The troopers cannot follow every truck, every minute.
actually greg, if the trucker was watching porn on his laptop there are tons of files that could easily be checked to see when the files were being viewed are streamed, but i'm guessing that the trucker either admitted that he was watching it or it was evident when the trooper looked in his cab that that was the case...i doubt trooper just decided, man look at that guy's woodie, he musta been watchin' some skin flicks when this happened
rob

Lima, OH

#26 Jan 28, 2010
Seriously wrote:
Where were the NYS Police? Giving tickets for a mile over the speed limit instead of patrolling the thruway.
you the nail right on the head. all the state patrols are interested in is generating income, securing their jobs and overinflated retirement. highway patro should be on the state highways to protect us not live off of us!!!
Mud Mamzer

Carlsbad, CA

#27 Jan 28, 2010
"Knights of the Road indeed".

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