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With the recent uproar about speed limiter legislation, we are curious to get YOUR comments on this!

Also, If anyone has videos to share, You can send the files to keystruckergal@yahoo.com or post links here!

DOES THE GOVERNMENT REALLY THINK THAT LIMITING THE SPEED OF TRUCKS WILL SOLVE ANYTHING?

Personally, I think that cracking down on hand held cell phone usage and texting would do so much more good!

Boofay Christmas

As many of you know, trucking offers opportunities that you just don’t get anywhere else! One of those opportunities is making life long friendships with people from all over the country.

This Christmas, we were blessed to be invited to the home of Teresa Newsome and James McKee Jr. in Ashland Kentucky! We packed up  our presents, goodies and dogs and traveled across the state of Kentucky and had  a wonderful time! It was the first time  we ever had a fried turkey and it as delicious!

We were joined by another trucker from Iowa, Rick Johnson , whom we also have gotten to be good friends with! Bobby Boofay showed up and we also met with many of the family members, shared stories and just had a great time!

We hope that all of our trucking family and friends had a super holiday and wish you all a very happy new year!

mug  So, you have made your way on an out-of-town trip.  A few days in a strange town at a business convention and you’ll be staying at a hotel.  You haven’t ever cheated on your wife or girlfriend before but who is gonna find out, right? Besides, she decided to start an argument with you and this is your way of paying her back for it.  So you check the local back page ads and maybe even Craigslist and you find what it is you are looking for. 
Harmless fun, right?  The girl makes a little dough, you have some fun and no one is the wiser. You are thinking no harm, no foul.

     What you don’t know is……

1.  The girl is unwilling but she acts like it’s all about you.

2.  The girl is underage, but heck, she looks like she is at least 24.

3.  The girl is being manipulated and she is not herself because she is being pumped full of drugs daily to keep her in line. Her trafficker has turned her into an addict and if she doesn’t act right, no drugs, so she has motivation to lie to you and make you think she’s doing this because she enjoys it!

4.  Now that you have paid her, she takes the money to her controller, or pimp. (also known as trafficker)
5.  You have just paid someone else to allow YOU to rape a child…………….. 

school bus

Haven’t you heard about child sex trafficking and how terrible it is?  Haven’t you wondered what kind of animal could possibly have sex with a child and what sort of person would do that?
As it turns out, it happens to be someone exactly like you.  Take a good long look in the mirror, YOU are now a child molester/rapist and didn’t even know it.  You are lucky that you didn’t get caught because if you had…well we don’t want to go there now do we??????
 
I think that it’s time to rethink how we men think about prostitution.  Sure, there are some real sickos out there that would want to harm/exploit a child but to be one of them, albeit unknowingly, just isn’t you is it?  Let’s take the demand away from the people who control these children.  No demand equals no money, no money equals no reason to kidnap or control young girls anymore…..  Part of he problem is the male gender.  Without us unknowingly enlisting the services of children they would be out of business.

Hopefully this hasn’t already happened to you and now you are wondering if you have committed this heinous crime against a child.  Just remember, all is not as it appears to be….

Jim McCarter,tatPIC

Advocate and  Activist for the Truckers Against Trafficking Movement

NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE

888-373-7888

 

Big Backfire?

From the very start of the HOS debate and the proposed mandate of electronic logs, many people in the trucking industry have theorised that it was all a plan to get rid of the little guys. Small trucking companies and Independent owner operators felt they were being pushed out of business.

While this agenda may or may not have been the case, it looks as though, if in fact it was, it has backfired in a big way!

The push of the electronic logging devises and changes in the HOS, have hampered big business and cost manufacturers millions of dollars because they are having to pay for more trucks to move the same amount of freight due to the hours of service. This is something they are outwardly admitting.

Some say that driver pay has been reduced because the 14 hour clock does not stop once it’s been started and on-time deliveries have become harder to make. We are seeing the re-powering of loads to get on-time deliveries made and more trucks sitting for their mandatory break requirement that they may or may not need. There has been an increased shortage of truck parking and the list goes on. Basically, what’s happened is, all these new rules that were supposed to help, have only created more problems. And as far as the electronic logging devices, most of us have figured out by now that they have not made anybody safer and we know for a fact that they are editable, that’s right, listen up here, people! ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES ARE IN FACT EDITABLE! How do “I” know this? I have had the absolute pleasure of using more than one type of these devices and have figured it out! In most cases, all it takes is a phone call. They are unreliable and some of them don’t even work some of the time, which costs the driver more time trying to input data that has been lost or using a paper back up. Now what’s the point in that?

So is anybody profiting from all this?

Other than the obvious ones who’ve raked in the cash by the millions by selling fear to the ATA members, who fell for their marketing tricks, hook line and sinker, and brainwashed them into thinking EOBR’s are the “safer future”. There have been a few patient people, waiting in the wings to take advantage of this debacle. Who are they?

Well, let’s take a look. Now this is just my opinion but it seems to me that the ATA has been contradicting their previous statements on more than one issue. Big Trucking companies are losing drivers, freight contracts and MONEY!

While some have given up, many smaller companies have been sitting back and waiting through stay after stay of what’s been deemed as a death sentence for the little guy, have figured out a way to cash in! They have successfully taken some of these big money contracts away from the bull dogs of the industry because they are able to get the job done in a more efficient manner. They are getting top dollar too. Some independent owner operators and small trucking companies are contacting new customers and increasing their productivity and income while some of the big guys are literally getting their chairs pulled out from under them before they can sit down.

I can’t wait to see what lies around the corner!

All I can say is, I am personally grateful to OOIDA for all the spirit, hard work and determination they have put forth to help bring the truth to light!

 

The Webster’s dictionary defines complacency as follows:complacency

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1:  self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies
2:  an instance of usually unaware or uninformed self-satisfaction
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There is a growing problem with all drivers around the country. This includes those who drive cars and truck drivers!
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WHEN YOU BECOME COMPLACENT YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO ATTEMPT MULTITASKING WHILE DRIVING!
THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS!
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Nobody is so good that they can safely do anything other than pay attention to the road, while driving!
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FACT:
At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
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FACT:
Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded.
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     The bottom line here is that the more comfortable you are about driving, whether it be a car or truck, the more likely you are to engage in distracting behavior while driving!
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COMPLACENCY leads to DISRACTED DRIVING

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Drivers of all types of vehicles have been observed doing the following:
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Using hand held phone
Texting
Gaming
Eating
Looking at computers
Putting on make up
Shaving
Reading newspapers or books
Adjusting their radio
Reaching for something
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     And the list goes on…….
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Distracted driving is a deadly behavior. According to AAA,  federal estimates suggest that distraction contributes to 16% of all fatal crashes, leading to around 5,000 deaths every year.
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     The bottom line is that no matter how much experience you have, there is no room for complacency in regards to any type of driving.
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     Always keep in mind that you are never too good or too experienced. Remind yourself that no matter what the situation, paying attention is crucial and there’s nothing wrong with reporting those you observe that are engaging in dangerous behavior!
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PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY AND ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS…….
YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS, DEPENDS ON THIS!
July was a cashier at a department store for 15 years. When the store went out of business, one of July's friends suggested she go to truck driving school. 10 years later, she has rceived several "Driver of thhe Year" awards and will soon hit her million mile mark!

Julie was a cashier at a department store for 15 years. When the store went out of business, one of Julie’s friends suggested she go to truck driving school. 10 years later, she has received several “Driver of the Year” awards and will  the next time you hear soon hit her million mile mark!

The Truck Driver

The general public has varied ideas and opinions regarding truckers and who they really are! There have been many reports from the media about truckers and it hasn’t always been good. The truth of the matter is that truckers come from all types of backgrounds. 

Who’s that guy that you think you recognized pulling that  truck around  the back of the grocery store? Wasn’t he the V.P. of that software company that got bought out?

The woman you saw behind the wheel of a big truck on the Florida turnpike, looks like your son’s first grade teacher up in Maine!

Isn’t the guy driving the garbage truck the same guy that used to manage the computer store?

What many people don’t realize is that  a large percentage of the truckers out on the roads today weren’t always truckers!  Some of the truck drivers you’ve seen at one time were plumbers, mechanics, cashiers, teachers, landscapers, salesmen, musicians, stock brokers and even nurses! Many of them were corporate executives at one time.

On the flip side, there are also many people who used to be truck drivers and found that being out on the road and meeting the many people we do, opened doors to other opportunities for them.

So the next time you hear someone putting “truckers” in a negative light, speak up and remind them that we are not all alike and that the truck driver who delivered their new car to the dealership, just may have been that sweet cable guy that they haven’t seen in years!

Do you have a story to tell? Please share!

Thanks,

Jim & Jan McCarter

Jim – former master plumber & electrician

Jan – former micro-pigmentation specialist & real estate agent

 

Jumping before you LOOK! jump

 

We try to set a good example. We have tried to give accurate advice and conduct ourselves and our business in a legal and respectable manner. However, we recently made an error in judgement.  A good move was made by jumping out of a bad situation in which we had been deceived regarding pay. Then without looking, a “too good to be true” situation popped up and because we were not thinking too clearly after being deceived, we eagerly jumped in without our water wings and almost drowned!  Needless to say, it was deeper than we had anticipated!

Do you know how to look up your company’s safety record? Do you know what an FMCSA intervention is?  These are valuable tools that each and every driver should be familiar with. Yes, even company drivers should  be armed with this information too!

As many of us know, the FMCSA is coming down hard on carriers with poor safety records. They are also on to the “CHAMELION” racket as well and going after those who think they’ve found an easy way to beat the system even harder.

For many years, trucking companies who were on the verge of being shut down, simply changed ownership over to a family member or friend and then applied for a new DOT number. Some just simply got a new DOT number. There are a number of ways you can make it look like the “bad” company is gone and a new company is in its place. Changing the name of the company, owner, DOT number or whatever combination they may choose to hide their bad record seems like an easy answer. For a long time, many company owners have been getting away with it and continuing the bad behavior and when their numbers go up, they do it all over again.

Well, I’m not sure which “Sherlock Holmes” in the government put the pieces together but the fact is THEY DID! They are on to this naughty little scheme and they are madder than heck over it.  You see, even the government doesn’t like to be fooled or made a fool of, so they are putting up with it no more and targeting these carriers with an iron fist.

With all that being said, we did all we could, til it was time to walk away!  We made the mistake of looking up the DOT# “after” we had already leased on and found that pretty little phrase “EXCEEDS INTERVENTION THRESHOLD”!!

I asked the owner about it. I asked him if he was aware of his safety rating. He told me he was aware and he was working on it. Others that worked there told me he was working on it alright! He had never even looked at a driver’s log, had no safety program and no compliance plan at all. Everyone there told me they were just waiting for the feds to show up and shut him down.  So I’m thinking I should say something and I did, several times. I gave him the name of a compliance specialist. I referred a friend who has safety director experience and even offered to begin auditing the logs myself.  He kept telling me “I’ve got it handled”, and that’s just a few examples of what a great business this was!

Then one day it slipped out that there was a new DOT number going into effect in a couple of weeks. I said nothing. Then I made a few calls, got on the internet, found a few things out and made the decision to get out. It was time to give up.

We are sad about this experience because we really thought we had found a long-term home, for a minute anyway!

Red flag after red flag and a bit of research told me to RUN AS FAST AS I COULD!

LESSON LEARNED:

ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR DECISIONS ARE INFORMED DECISIONS!!

Here is a link to an article about “chameleon carriers CLICK HERE

Here is a link to look up a DOT or MC number to see the truth about a carrier…  CLICK HERE

 

The last thing anybody needs is to pull into a weigh station and find out your company has been shut down!

I hope that the lesson we learned can be helpful to someone else and I would also like to thank those of you who helped us “see through the smoke screen and save us from drowning”! You know who you are and we sincerely thank you!!!

BE INFORMED

BE SAFE

and may GOD bless you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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