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“Always Have a Witness”…. That’s the Motto of  Many Dash Cam Owners!

Why do truckers need dash cams? 

Why are some against them?

Consider this ……

You are involved in a fatality crash that you know is not your fault.  The following are two possible endings to this story. The first one is what could happen if you have no witnesses.The second is  what might happen when you have the VideoDashCam witness to show who’s really to blame!

Ending 1 – NO DASH CAM – NO WITNESS!

You are automatically assumed at fault.  The police have an attitude and treat you like a criminal as they comb through your paperwork and search your truck for anything that they can nail you with. You are questioned over and over and then asked to submit to drug test.  They eventually determine that you were probably speeding so you are charged. Speeding, vehicular homicide, reckless driving a commercial vehicle, they find a few minor things wrong with your truck like a marker light out or turn signal light not working , even  washer fluid dispenser not operable and write a long list of petty violations as well, to make it look good.. After all you must be at fault cause you are a trucker.. You lose your job, got to jail and have a ridiculously high bond set… and there you sit… awaiting your fate, knowing your life as you knew it, is basically over. The worst part is you know in your heart, that it was not your fault but there is nothing you can do because there were no witnesses!

 Ending 2 – DASH CAM WITNESS

You are automatically assumed at fault.  The police have an attitude and treat you like a criminal as they comb through your paperwork and search your truck for anything that they can nail you with. Then they see the dash cam…. Everything changes.. You are given the chance to tell your story with the camera  still rolling as all the aftermath is taking place.  You then invite the officers to view the footage..  After viewing the footage, the officers  realize you are not at fault.   No charges are made and they don’t even inspect any further or make you submit to any testing because it is clearly not your fault. You are consoled, asked if you are ok and offered medical attention, they treat you more like a victim of tragic circumstance, which in fact, you are.

Now which scenario would YOU rather be a part of??

To me, having a dash cam is a no brainer!

I have seen some opposing views on this matter due to the “big brother” syndrome.  But really, the dash cam is YOUR property.  As a responsible driver, you should always use caution and practice safe driving, so how could the footage possibly be used against you if you are a safe driver anyway??  IT CAN’T! Remember, you are not obligated to give up the footage without a warrant!

Consider this…

You pull into a truck stop and get ready to turn in for the night. You keep the dash cam running as you pull the curtain and go to bed.  You are wakened a few hours later by a loud bang. You hop up and open the curtain and there is another driver taking off out of the lot. Half of your hood is gone and the person responsible is fleeing the scene!  But guess what? You have it all on the dash cam. You call the police and they are able to get the tag # off the footage, the other driver is tracked down and thrown in jail. His insurance pays for the damage to your truck.

If you didn’t have a dash cam, YOU would have to pay for this yourself or turn it in to your insurance company and be responsible for the deductible.  You would be able to file a police report but without a witness, there would be nothing they could do. You face your insurance rates possibly going up because you had to make a claim. You miss valuable time, revenue and have out-of-pocket expense that could have been avoided, had you had that witness on the dash cam!

Not only can the dash cam save your own rear end, but it can help save others as well.  Your dash cam could save another driver from the expense and heartache of several situations, not to mention other crimes you might catch on it like underage sex trafficking, robberies and other criminal activity that are still prevalent  in truck stops and rest areas..

We have been pulled over a couple of times since having our dash cam. It was one of those situations where it seemed like truckers were being targeted for a revenue campaign! You can see the change in facial expression when the officer walks up to the truck and sees that sign right there under your door that says “This Vehicle is Protected by a Video Dash Cam”.  We had one officer actually ask if we really had one! In both cases, they were friendly and sent us on our way after asking a few simple questions. One of the officers actually gave us some helpful advice! It was so strange to have these guys be so nice without the expected bad attitude! Kinda like “big brother” was actually looking out for US and watching THEM!!

Dash Cams are very affordable and in my book, the only thing more important to have in the truck is my cell phone! Besides, I get some fun video footage off it now and then to post on YouTube!!

Protect yourself and your future and invest in a Dash Cam and you’ll Aways Have a Witness!!

 

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I have heard that a bit of talk has been going on about our stance on the E.O.B.R. situation that’s going on right now and thought it fitting to set the record straight!

YES… we used to have a Qualcomm MCP 200 unit in the truck and loved having it.

NO… It was never used as a management tool against us.

YES… There ARE companies out there that are using these as “management tools”

NO… We were never put in a harassment situation regarding this unit and NEVER asked to do anything Illegal.

YES… These units CAN BE EDITED… some features by the driver and some ONLY by the company.

YES… It saved our ass a couple of times when another driver tried to nail us with a FALSE  hit and run accusation! (we now have a video dash cam for this)

NO… It was NOT forced on us.

YES… It was OUR CHOICE to have it.

 

Just because we were given the choice to have one of these units and liked having it, doesn’t mean we are for mandating them.

 WE ARE MOST DEFINITELY AGAINST MANDATING THEM!!!!

WHY????

There is No Paper trail!!!!  Get it??? No paper trail, no actual signatures and who knows WHO actually made the entries!!!

These systems are equipped with features that could make it easy to for a driver or a manager or both to falsify what ever they want… to cover up anything!!!

You may ask WHY did we say yes and agree to have one installed. The reason is that we wanted to see for ourselves what the “REAL DEAL” was!

We were in and ideal situation that other drivers aren’t. We were leased on the to a good company who does not use these against their drivers but actually put these units in place for the RIGHT reasons. Unfortunately, they are the exception and not the rule!

It’s true that when you have electronic logs that most D.O.T. officers will not ask to even look at the unit. This alone, is alarming because the units are editable and lord knows how long that driver has actually been “on duty” or even if he or she bothered to log on to the unit! (this too can easily be edited from the other end)

In MY opinion, these units have way too many flaws and this actually makes it easier for the driver and the person with editing access to break the law.  There is no actual writing and no actual signatures either which could potentially open the door to sabotage or harassment.

At least with the paper logs, they can’t change it on you without the possibility of being caught forging a federal document!

So it is my statement that I do not feel that mandating the E.O.B.R will make our roads safer, in fact it will do the exact opposite because these units will make it easier to “look” compliant while blatantly breaking the law. Everyone from the driver to the upper management in the trucking companies will be able to find ways to “beat the system” if they want to, and believe me, many WILL!

 (I’ve been told that if you look hard enough, you can find training videos on how to break into the system and alter the records)

JUST SAY “NO” TO MANDATING THE E.O.B.R.     

THIS WAS ONLY MY OPINION!!

BE SAFE – JAN MCCARTER

 

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March 2012,  marks the fifth year for Women In Trucking!!!

I must say that I am proud to be a part of this organization and wish I had come to my senses sooner!! My husband and I joined Women in Trucking last year at the Expedite Expo in Ohio after realizing just how much good this organization and the people in it are doing and trying to do for the trucking industry.

The events that I have attended have been positively uplifting and I look forward to many more!!!

If you are not a member yet, the time to join is NOW!! There are so many benefits to membership. Click on the Women In Trucking Log to visit their website and check out what YOU’VE been missing!!

 

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We had the pleasure of cruising for 7 days with some fun and adventurous people!

Our good friend Lee showed up just in time to take us all on a last-minute shopping trip for a few cruising essentials!

As we waited to board the ship, Champagne Lady and Zookeeper got some last-minute Facebook updates in!

On January 15th, we left the Port Of Tampa on the Carnival Legend!

Bobby Boofay checked out all the ship’s safety procedures!

We toasted the beginning of our FUN CRUISE with an exotic cocktail!

And the PARTY was ON!!!!

1st stop….. Grande Cayman

Taking a Tender out to Grande Cayman

We had the pleasure of meeting the Pilot of the Ship who is a Cayman Native!

Bobby Boofay Had a “GRANDE” Time!!!

 

NEXT Stop…… COZUMEL

We partied like ‘Rock Stars”!!!!

Sightseeing with the group, we took in many of the local sights, we partied, shopped and had a blast!

NEXT STOP…… Belize

NEXT STOP……. Isla Roatan, Honduras.

There was a chair lift to take us to the beach and then we took a cab tour of the island! It was great to meet some beautiful local people and learn a bit about the culture!

There was also much fun to be had on the Ship!!

  

And many people to meet!

 

Great Food to eat! A great Staff! Lots of entertainment! Beautiful views and wonderful memories!

An finally we came back to the Port of Tampa!!

Check out the rest of our great pics from this wonderful vacation on Facebook!

We are really looking forward to another cruise next year with this fun group! We hope that many of you decide to join us! Start making the plans NOW!

 See YOU on the next TRUCKERS Cruise January 26th thru Feb 3rd, 2013.We will set sail from Fort Lauderdale Florida, and enjoy the beautiful ports of Antigua,Tortola,Nassau and St Thomas.

(I couldn’t give ALL the fun away….. you’ll have to join us next year and see for yourself!)

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It was the night before Christmas and all through the truck stop,

Truckers were wishing their load they could drop

They were all snug and sound and asleep in their racks,

Most of em were snoring cuz they slept on their backs.

Their engines were off and their stacks all set high,

In hope that St. Nicholas would soon be by.

They were wanting  St. Nick to bring them a load home tomorrow,

To offset their loneliness and ease all their sorrow.

Through snow and sleet and all sorts of stuff

A trucker does truck and they have to be tough,

They’re gone all the time and they are hardly at home

Across this great country they all have to roam.

So St. Nicholas please keep us truckers in mind

And on christmas day, our families we find.

Wishing all our trucking families a safe journey home for the holidays,

Jim and Jan McCarter

“TheKeysTruckers”

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We all get a little free time on our hands every now and then. We all have different things we try to get done during this free time. Many of us chose to make the best of it while others use this time to shout from the roof tops, just how miserable they are.

Well, I personally have found that using the extra time to listen to those who need an ear can be very fulfilling. Spreading the word about important issues like Truckers Against Trafficking is another thing we like to do. It’s all about improving morale and trying to make a difference.  After all, we run into people every day that are depressed, lonely and misinformed through no fault of their own. Sometimes all they need is some helpful information and an ear to bend.

Then there are the people we run into that are not part of trucking but may need someone to talk to. There’s the nursing home with people who may have never had a visitor that would love a hug or the kids running around the motel you might be staying in for the night that would love a coloring book and some crayons because their parents have fallen on hard times.

Why, you may ask should we and do we take the time to do these thing? Well, for one thing, it feels good. Making others smile gives us such a great feeling.

There’s a catch though!! You must never expect recognition for these good deeds. Ulterior motives behind your kindness won’t give you the same feeling of satisfaction as just giving to give! You WILL, however face others that will always be wondering in the back of their mind, just what it is you stand to gain by your actions. IGNORE THEM….. No matter what your religious background, you will get great satisfaction, mentally and spiritually from being a loving and giving person!

As truckers, traveling around the country, day after day, there are so many things we can do and say that will forever touch someone. Yes, there are quite a few problems with our industry but there are many problems all around as well. If we focus only on ourselves, we may miss an opportunity that could positively affect us for life!

When we meet people who ask us about our life on the road, I ask them how much time they have! The reason is because through the years we have figured out on our own just how to make this life on the road a fulfilling one. From talking to new drivers to listening to the stories of old timers, we never get tired of the people we meet. Yes, we have run into a few that for one reason or another, we no longer associate with but this could happen in any industry. So in other words, I’m not saying that you have to remain friends with everyone you meet because sometimes personalities can clash, so it’s ok to pick and choose.

Many people consider us advocates for the industry. I guess we are but there’s more to it than that. We do not focus on particular issues or causes. What we do is try to gather accurate information to pass along to others who can use it. We try to set a good example so that when Non truckers meet us, they leave with a good feeling about truckers, rather than the more popular view that truckers are, well, you know what I mean!

So anyway, I guess my message here is for those of you who find yourself bored, unsatisfied or even angry about your own situation, find a way to make someone else smile. Whether it be another trucker or visiting the local nursing home or hospital, there’s always going to be some out there that would be happy to get a smile, a funny story and even a hug!

Do something to make a difference!

Give of yourself!

 

GOD Bless you ALL

Jim & Jan

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JAN MCCARTER’S

TRUCKING MUSIC

NEW CD to be released SOON, but you can Download it NOW!!!

CD – TITLE – Jan McCarter – Pretty Girls Drive Big Rigs Too
I have been an entertainer all of my life but nothing inspired me more than when I became a truck driver!

 (each song can be downloaded seperately or you can download the entire CD)

Thank You Jazzy

The Extra Mile

Lot Lizard Boogie

Pretty Girls Drive Big Rigs Too

Girls Like You

My Truckin’ Granny

God’s Coloring Book

Draggin My Wagon

East Bound & Down Duet w/Johnny Neel

Available for On line DOWNLOAD for a LIMITED TIME!!

Copyright © 2010 J. & J. McCarter All Rights Reserved , member BMI

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