A father in Georgia was arrested, jailed and charged with theft after he plugged his electric car into an exterior outlet at his son’s school for a quick charge totaling about five cents worth of “juice.” WXIA’s Doug Richards reports.
By Daniella Silva, NBC News
A Georgia man found himself in handcuffs after charging his electric car outside a middle school where his son was playing tennis in what police alleged was unlawful theft of county power worth roughly five cents.
Kaveh Kamooneh, of Decatur, said he was attending a Saturday morning tennis practice session for his 11-year-old son on Nov. 2 when he plugged in his electric car at a power outlet outside Chamblee Middle School.
Kamooneh, 50, said he was alarmed when, soon after, he saw a police officer inspecting his Nissan LEAF.
According to a report from the Chamblee Police Department, an officer responded to a called complaint of the white Nissan LEAF left parked and charging at the school. In the police report, the officer said he could not find the vehicle s owner but found the car doors unlocked and picked up a piece of mail on the car floor showing a Decatur address.
He told me he was going to arrest me for theft, Kamooneh said, who said he charged his car for roughly 20 minutes. Clean Cities Atlanta, an electric vehicle advocacy group, says that is roughly the equivalent of a nickel’s worth of electricity, WIXA in Atlanta reported1.
On Nov. 13, Kamooneh said he was met at his door by police, who handcuffed him and took him to the DeKalb County jail, where he was held for about 15 hours.
I quickly realized it was from the events that had happened 11 days back, he said. The officer did threaten that he would do that. I guess I didn t quite believe that he would go through with it.
Kamooneh was officially charged with theft by taking what the officer said was theft of power by not seeking permission from the DeKalb County School system to charge his car there, according to the police report.
Police said, according to the report, they met with Chamblee Middle School employees, who confirmed that Kamooneh was not authorized to plug his car into any school socket.
Sgt. Ernesto Ford of the of the Chamblee Police Department declined to discuss the incident further with NBC News, but told WXIA that Kamooneh broke the law. He stole something that wasn t his.
A theft is a theft, he added.
But Kamooneh said he believes he committed no crime. He said in his experience as an electric car driver, seeking permission was often an informal exchange and that he had never encountered a problem before.
Of course I agree that theft is theft, what I don t agree with is that every taking of something without permission is theft, he said, adding that there was no one at the school to ask permission from at the time.
The DeKalb County School District said in a statement that it has cooperated with the police investigation and will continue to do so.
Waberer s International Pte.Co., one of Europe s largest road freight companies, has ordered 600 DAF tractors as part of a comprehensive fleet renewal program. At the DAF premises in Eindhoven, the first batch of 250 vehicles was delivered officially to chairman and CEO Gyorgy Waberer by Ron Bonsen, member…
Waberer s International Pte.Co., one of Europe s largest road freight companies, has ordered 600 DAF tractors as part of a comprehensive fleet renewal program. At the DAF premises in Eindhoven, the first batch of 250 vehicles was delivered officially to chairman and CEO Gyorgy Waberer by Ron Bonsen, member of the DAF Board of Management and responsible for Marketing & Sales.
2000th DAF truck
Waberer s International operates more than 3,000 of its own trucks, of which more than 30 per cent are DAF vehicles. We have chosen DAF because of the vehicle s reliability, high quality, low maintenance cost and spacious and comfortable cabs, which are of great value within long distance transport , said Gyorgy Waberer. Also the stable resale values of the DAF vehicles were a decisive factor to continue our relationship with DAF. This order will include the 2,000th DAF tractor delivered to us since the first entered service.
Double digit growth
The 600 vehicle order consists of 150 CF trucks for medium distance transport and 450 XF vehicles for long distance haulage, of which one third are the latest Euro 6 models, will be delivered in the first half of 2014. All vehicles are equipped with clean and efficient Euro 5 EEV or Euro 6 engines as well as the latest comfort and safety systems, like the lane departure warning system, illustrating the high importance the company is attaching to the environment and safety. To be successful on the international market we need to offer our customers highest delivery reliability at favorable rates , added Gyorgy Waberer. To ensure the most economical operation as possible, our average fleet age is only 2 years. A young and modern fleet is instrumental to further expand our presence in Western Europe; we expect a double digit growth percentage in sales this year. For one of Europe s leading and most professional transport operators to choose DAF is a great recognition for our company and our dealers , commented Ron Bonsen. It is also a recognition of our successful and long-term relationship. Waberer s is driven by continuous improvement of operational efficiency and we are proud to be the company s largest supplier of tractors.
The Truckload Carriers Association and co-sponsor Overdrive have announced three finalists in each of two Driver of the Year contests.
The six finalists will attend TCA s annual meeting March 23-26 near Dallas, where the winners will be announced for both the Owner-Operator of the Year and Company Driver of the Year awards. The two winners will be featured in subsequent issues of Overdrive.
The owner-operator finalists are:
- Thomas Miller, leased to Prime Inc., based in Springfield, Mo. Miller lives in Bunker Hill, Ill.
- Bryan Smith, leased to Art Pape Transfer, based in Dubuque, Iowa. Smith lives in Asbury, Iowa.
- Terrance Smith, leased to SLH Transport, based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Smith lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada.
The company driver finalists are:
- Reuben Dupsky, Fremont Contract Carriers, based in Fremont, Neb. Dupsky lives in Fremont.
- Jack Fielding, Bison Transport, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Fielding lives in McKellar, Ontario, Canada.
- Allan Raffay, Prime Inc. Raffay lives in Hawley, Pa.
Overdrive always takes pride in highlighting the nation s successful owner-operators and drivers, says Brad Holthaus, vice president of sales for Trucking Media at Overdrive s publisher, Randall-Reilly. These finalists are clearly six of the best. I know whoever wins will serve the industry well as an example of safety, professionalism and service.
The finalists were selected based on safety, efforts to enhance the trucking industry s image, and contributions to their communities. Eligibility requirements included having driven one million consecutive, accident-free miles.
It is always such a privilege to be able to work with professional drivers of this caliber, said Tom Kretsinger, Jr., president of American Central Transport, Inc., Liberty, Missouri, and TCA s chairman. I wish we could give every one of them the title of Driver of the Year.
An upcoming federal rule mandating speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks will include the requirement that current vehicles be retrofitted as well as new trucks rolling down assembly lines, according to an official of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Christopher Bonanti, NHTSA associate administrator for rulemaking, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has joined the rulemaking process, so that the speed-limiter mandate can apply to all trucks and not just new models.
A recent Department of Transportation report on rulemakings had said the speed-limiter proposal could be out as early as March. However, Bonanti said that date could be delayed now that FMCSA has joined the process.
We hope to get that notice of proposed rulemaking published . . . later in 2014, Bonanti said at American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., late last month.
We normally do our rule, and then FMCSA does its rule, but this rule is going to be a joint rule, Bonanti said. We re taking into consideration the safety requirements associated with what is being considered, and also the enforcement mechanisms associated with it.
FMCSA spokesman Duane De-Bruyne said the agency expects the rule to reduce 1,115 fatal accidents annually.
Bonanti said a federal study showed that speed limiters could save lives and increase fuel economy.
The rule is being crafted in response to petitions filed in 2006 by American Trucking Associations, Road Safe America and nine motor carriers.
In early 2011, NHTSA said in a Federal Register announcement that the petitions merited further consideration through the agency s rulemaking process.
At that time, NHTSA originally said it expected to complete the proposed rule in 2012. Despite the delay, Bonanti s announcement last month was well-received.
In 2006, ATA said a rule should require that speed limiters be set no higher than 68 mph. However, ATA has since revised its policy and asked that the maximum be 65 mph, Osiecki said.
Although ATA wanted both new and in-use trucks to be governed by speed limiters, its petition focused on new trucks ..
Timothy Blubaugh, executive vice president of the Truck & Engine Manufacturers, said that while the speed-limiter feature exists on most 1998 and newer engines, retrofitting the in-use engines with tamperproof capability is not practicable .
Owings said that roughly 70% of the trucks in the United States already have their speed limiters set and as a result have reported that they have reduced crashes and saved money on fuel and maintenance .
Article from Transport Topics 11/11/13
Cycling and heavy goods vehicles
A rush hour ban for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) may not be the answer to improving cyclist safety, a Parliamentary Transport Committee heard yesterday.
London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan, along with a transport, academic, London Assembly Member and freight industry representatives, said enforcement of “very very high levels of non-compliance” and stricter standards for lorries in London would do more to improve safety.
Other suggestions were better cyclist training and improved road design, including segregated cycle tracks.
Gilligan, said: “It’s finely balanced: an HGV ban in rush hour could have saved two of the 14 cyclists who have died and the other 12 didn’t involve HGVs or happened outside rush hour.
“However, there are counter risks, firstly that it would lead to a flood of HGVs onto the streets immediately after the ban, say 9am.”
He also refuted the argument that the Paris rush hour lorry ban has saved lives. He said: “In the four years before it came in (in 2006) there were nine cyclist deaths in Paris, and in the four years after there were 18 cyclist deaths.”
Meanwhile, freight representatives said a lorry ban could increase the cost of living for Londoners.
Jack Semple, of the Road Haulage Association, said: “A peak hour ban would add a minimum of 25-30% to haulage costs in London. It is far from clear as to whether there would be a benefit in terms of road safety outcomes.”
Val Shawcross, Chair of Labour’s Transport Committee and member of the London Assembly, said: “The first thing is that HGVs should all comply with the FORS Fleet Operator Recognition scheme. I’m not sure that the lorry ban is a well researched proposal, cyclists do under the wheels of HGV at all times of day. At congested times traffic is very slow and speed is implicated with serious injuries.”
Andrew Gilligan said: “In our recent police operation in London and in our first operations which were a sort of try-out, which took place in Vauxhall a few weeks ago, we’ve seen really striking levels of non-compliance with HGVs. The majority of lorries at Vauxhall failed to comply with one regulation or another, not necessarily safety critical regulations but there’s very very high numbers of non-compliance so it may be that enforcement is something we need to do.”
The Mayor’s construction industry standard will be launched next week. At present some construction lorries are exempt from certain mirrors and side bars, which prevent a person being dragged under the vehicle in a collision, and the suggestion is to heavily charge those vehicles entering the city.
Jerry Mclaughlin, Director of Economics for the Mineral Products Association, said there are operators cutting corners. “We welcome the increased and targeted enforcement effort that has been going on over the past couple of months,” he said.
Mike Cavenett of the London Cycling Campaign, said the charity supports a rush hour ban but there is a risk this could mean lifting current restrictions on night time lorry movements, which could affect people’s sleep and therefore health. He said: “Most cycle commuters are doing normal commutes to normal jobs. Peak hours for cycling are between 8-10am. If you only allow lorries on the streets when there’s fewer cyclists on the roads it would make cycling and walking to work safer but it must not be a trade off for quality of life at other times of day.”
The second session of the Transport Committee will be held tomorrow, where “cycling minister” Robert Goodwill, among others, will give evidence.
- ^ Media are scaring people off cycling says London cycling commissioner (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
France, known for violent strikes and endless protests, faces more blocked roads in and around Paris and other major cities on Monday in an escalation of ongoing public protests.
Paris – New public disruptions1 may top those held over the weekend that involved thousands of truck (Lorri) drivers who clogged roadways2 across France and around 40,000 red cap protesters in Brittany. The renewed public disruptions are protests against tax hikes and job losses tied to new VAT rates the government is set to charge equestrian stables and roadblocks by truckers around Lille, in the North, and Marseille, in the South meant to force the government to cancel its so-called “ecotax.” The French government claims the tax will raise over 1 billion euros annually to pay for rail and other infrastructure projects. In France, tensions are high, even for a country accustomed to delays and disruptions by striking union workers and massive civil protests. The protests and civil disobedience comes despite government s delay of implementation until 2015, and protesters say they will rail against the measures until they are scrapped. “Until this measure is cancelled, we will remain mobilized,” said Vincent Tardet from the European Rail Transport Organization (OTRE) which set up some 26 blockades on France’s main road arteries on Saturday. Meanwhile as many as 4,500 trucks snarled traffic from the Paris region to Bordeaux and Aix-en-Provence in the south causing long delays for commuters headed to Spain and Italy. Meanwhile, in Brittany, up to 40,000 people took to the streets in Carhaix, some wearing red caps that symbolize a swell of anger against unpopular socialist 3President Fran ois Hollande s punitive tax hikes.
With permission by Reuters / Mal Langsdon
Protesters wearing red caps, the symbol of protest in Brittany and waving Breton regional flags, take part in a demonstration to maintain jobs in the region and against an “ecotax” on commercial trucks, in Carhaix, western France
With permission by Reuters / Mal Langsdon
Protesters wearing red caps, the symbol of protest in Brittany and waving Breton regional flags, take part in a demonstration to maintain jobs in the region and against an “ecotax” on commercial trucks, in Carhaix, western France
With permission by Reuters / Mal Langsdon
A protester wearing a red cap, the symbol of protest in Brittany, and a Guy Fawkes mask takes part in a demonstration to maintain jobs in the region and against an “ecotax” on commercial trucks, in Carhaix, western France
(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Todd Dameron, a backing instructor for C.R. England Trucking, left, works with lead backing instructor, Mike Bemis, lower right, as they practice a straight line back up at C.R. England’s driving course in Salt Lake City Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. The company is looking to hire 3,500 military veterans this year as drivers. Dameron is a Marine veteran who served from 1983-1990 and Bemis is an Army veteran who served from 2003-2009.
C.R. England Salt Lake trucking company working to fill dual needs in the community.
Since veterans need jobs and trucking companies are seeking new drivers, a program designed by Salt Lake City-based C.R. England Global Transportation to recruit and train veterans seems like a natural fit.
“Drivers are an important item not only to us but to every trucking company in the world,” said 94-year-old Gene England, whose family owns and operates the company. “We want veterans to meet the requirements for the best training. We want to treat veterans with the honor that they are entitled to.”
Veterans interested in training to become a truck driver should contact C.R. England military recruiter Mike Lynch, a retired Army command sergeant major, at 866-219-6080 or apply online at www.crengland.com/vets1
England ought to know. He is a veteran himself, having served in the 77th Infantry Division in Okinawa during World War II. He received the Bronze Star for his bravery.
Thus far, England has hired about 2,000 drivers who are veterans. The company has participated in 85 veterans job recruiting events across the country. It hired Mike Lynch, a retired Army command sergeant major, as its senior military recruiter. And it began offering veterans a $3,000 tuition waiver at its five driver schools, including one in Salt Lake City.
“Many veterans did not have the financial backing to come and go through training,” said Lynch. “England did not want that to keep them from having a CDL.”
Michael Tucker, a 25-year-old Army veteran who was injured in Iraq and served six years, took advantage of the program. He said he dreamed of either being a fireman or a trucker as a child, and that his war injuries made it impossible to be a firefighter.
When he noticed a C.R. England truck advertising its training program, the resident of Easley, S.C., called and signed up.
He went through what he called truck boot camp and qualified for his license. He now runs a route up and down the East Coast. His only complaint is that he occasionally has trouble getting paid on time.
“I am staying running and staying busy,” Tucker said. “I love C.R. England. In a dog-eat-dog world, I am treated good.”
That said, Tucker said that it s a good idea for veterans to do their homework before signing up for a program. He knew one student who spent his last dollar going to the school, but after he finished the class, he was lacking some documentation and did not qualify.
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“It s different going from the military to civilian,” said the driver. “In the military, there is a brotherhood and a backup. In the civilian world, you don t have that backup.”
Colin England, director of the England s driver advocates, said he works to make certain that drivers are treated appropriately.
“We do everything we can,” he said. “It s a tough lifestyle. Our challenge is to ensure that we are doing what we can to lessen that burden.”
Lynch said that veterans often bring good skills into the workplace. In the case of the trucking industry, the biggest issue is that many military vehicles use automatic transmissions while the trucks companies such as England use are manual stick shifts.
“We have touch-point processes that drivers go through throughout their career,” said Eric Ekberg, England s manager over driver processes. “We have to figure out opportunities on how to improve those touch points. You have veterans turning to another veteran for help with the challenges. We ve seen some of those veterans come to us as an advocate for the company to make some improvements in some areas.”
That said, hiring veterans has proven to be a good fit for the company.
“A lot of them seem more prepared than some of the other students that haven t had the military training,” said Trina Loy, who manages the company s Salt Lake City driving school, adding that veterans “are used to the fast-pace, high-demand stressful situation that we put them into.”
It takes a driver between 17 and 20 days to finish training and receive their CDL. That includes over-the-road training, including driving up to 80,000 miles. Some are out training in a truck in as little as a week.
Mike Harper, a veteran himself, often trains some of the veterans who go through England s Salt Lake driving school. He said he finds veterans are often more dedicated and more responsible than other trainees and usually do well in the school.
Stacy Brewster, director of England s corporate marketing program, said veterans were honored on Veteran s Day by having a flag at their desk, a special coin, and an appreciation card.
The U.S. Department of Transportation s Federal Motor Carrier Administration is also working on a series of regulatory changes to further ease the transition of veterans into civilian jobs driving commercial motor vehicles.
THE BEST HEADLINE FOR TRUCKFEST IN 2013 WAS GLORIOUS TRUCKFEST . THE SUN SHONE AT ALL OF THE EVENTS, WITH RECORD ATTENDANCES THROUGHOUT THE TRUCKFEST SERIES.
THE YEAR KICKED OFF WITH THE MAMMOTH PETERBOROUGH GET-TOGETHER AND WHAT A GET-TOGETHER IT WAS! WITH OVER 1500 TRUCKS ENTERED INTO THE CLOSELY FOUGHT AFTER COMPETITIONS, WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF HAULIER SHOWCASE OFFERINGS, AND MANUFACTURERS JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF NEW PRODUCT, THE WEEKEND WAS UNQUESTIONABLY THE LARGEST ATTENDED GATHERING WE HAVE EVER SEEN AT THE EAST OF ENGLAND SHOWGROUND, PETERBOROUGH.
THE BEGINNING OF JULY SAW A NEW HOME FOR THE SOUTH WEST EVENT. THE FABULOUS MALVERN HILLS PROVIDING THE BACKDROP, INCLUDED WITH THE TITLE OF THE EVENT, TRUCKFEST SOUTH WEST & WALES CAN JUSTIFIABLY OFFER HAULIERS AND DRIVERS FROM THE SOUTH WEST, MIDLANDS AND WALES THEIR OWN UNIQUE BRAND OF THE TRUCKFEST EVENTS.
THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE NORTH OF THE BORDER, SAW AN UNPARALLED ATTENDANCE OF TRUCKS, NEW VEHICLE RANGE AND THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, THE CHANNEL 5 SERIES, STOBART: TRUCKS, TRAINS AND PLANES WERE THERE TO NOT ONLY WITNESS THE CORPORATE PRESCENCE BY THE STOBART GROUP, BUT ALSO TO DOCUMENT THE FABULOUS WEEKEND WHICH IS ALL ABOUT SCOTLAND AND THE NORTH OF ENGLAND HAULIERS, THEIR TRUCKS AND DRIVERS.
MID-AUGUST, AND IT WAS TIME TO CROSS THE IRISH SEA FOR IRELAND S OWN TRUCKFEST. THIS YEAR HELD AT THE NEWLY CREATED SHOWGROUND NEAR LISBURN, AT BALMORAL PARK. WE HAD LONG BEEN ASKED TO PRODUCE AN EVENT THAT WAS FOR THE WHOLE OF IRELAND, AND WE BELIEVE THAT S JUST WHAT WE VE DONE. TRUCKFEST IRELAND HAS CERTAINLY EARNED ITS PLACE IN THE TRUCKFEST CALENDAR WITH ITS NEW LOCATION, THE EVENT IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE NOT ONLY TO OPERATORS AND VISITORS IN THE NORTH, BUT ALSO THOSE JOINING US FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH. THE TRUCK COMPETITIONS HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH DIVERSITY AND THE ULSTER VINTAGE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CLUB SURPASSED THEMSELVES WITH ONE OF THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF VEHICLES FROM YESTERYEAR.
2014 SEES THE THIRD ANNUAL EVENT WITH A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW FROM 2013.
TRUCKFEST ORIGINAL CONTINUES TO BRING A GREAT MIXTURE OF CONTEMPORARY AND VINTAGE TRUCKS TOGETHER AT THE STARTING PLACE FOR TRUCKFEST, WHICH IS THE NEWARK & NOTTS SHOWGROUND. PEOPLE OFTEN COMMENT ON THE FEELGOOD FACTOR AT THIS EVENT AND WE KNOW JUST WHAT THEY MEAN. 2014 SEES THE EVENT MOVE BACK A WEEK, TO THE 30TH AND 31ST AUGUST.
THE NEW EVENT FOR 2014 IS A RETURN VISIT TO THE WONDERFUL DETLING SHOWGROUND IN KENT FOR THE LAST TRUCKFEST OF THE SEASON. TRUCKFEST SOUTH EAST WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 13TH AND 14TH SEPTEMBER, THE SHOWGROUND ITSELF PROVIDES SOME GREAT FACILITIES FOR WEEKEND AND DAY VISITORS, FOR THOSE STAYING ON SITE, BEING OFFERED A GREAT CABERET NIGHT IN THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ENTERTAINMENT BUILDING.
ONE THING IS FOR SURE, WHETHER YOU ATTENDED ONE EVENT IN 2013 OR ALL OF THEM, YOU WILL HAVE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT IS TO BE A PART OF THE TRUCKFEST EXPERIENCE. WE ALL CAN T WAIT FOR 2014, SEE YOU THERE!
THE TRUCKFEST TEAM
We asked, and you answered. Following find a round-up of readers answers to the question What are you thankful for? As for Matt Owens, commenting on our Facebook page, he kept it simple. I m thankful for a 650-hp Kenworth T800 with three functional drive axles to keep his business rolling, he wrote.
And driver David O Malley wrote in with this well-considered dispatch:
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
I guess I could complain about being unemployed with 20 years accident-free experience. As I sit here and e-mail you on my Macbook Pro sitting in my office in my log home on two wooded acres in Southern Massachusetts.
I guess I could whine about how the doc screwed me on my med card because I was one number off on my blood pressure and now I can never get a two-year card again.
I guess I can stomp my feet and make my face turn red now that I need two 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m.s
Or moan and groan that shippers and receivers are killing us with wait times, even though i mostly have run flats all my life and really have no clue about waiting. Forty-five minutes to me is an eternity
But, wow, here I sit and if I ask how I got here, trucking is the answer. It s all I have done. It s all I know. It has not been easy, but as far as hard is concerned I bet there are a few people over in the Philippines who would kill to trade places with me.
My children are almost grown and healthy, due to the insurance I have always had through my few trucking jobs. My daughter is looking at colleges and will actually go to one of them. Yes of course it won t be easy, but it s doable because of my work in the industry.
My marriage is actually still going strong after 18 years, in part because I have always been gainfully employed , and the time apart I think actually helps the union get stronger at times.
I have a shop full of toys with two wheels and four, collected and paid for over the years with money earned in trucking. And no not always as much money as it should have been or used to be, but it s always been there.
I have worked hard American-type hard, and there aren t too many people who can say they earned their dollar that way anymore. I m proud of that!
So when a trucking magazine asks me what I am thankful for at Thanksgiving time, I answer trucking!
And happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Overdrive!
Terence Gunderson: I m thankful for all I have my family, my health, my job and my freedom. I m running through Thursday to be home Friday and the weekend. Crazy shoppers on Friday: be safe if you re out and about.
Jesse Skubal: For my first issue of Overdrive in the mail today!
Richard Young: I m thankful for my family.
John Andrade: I m thankful that I work for Ashley furniture as a delivery driver and that provides for my family of seven kids, my mom and my wife. I can t thank God enough for providing me with driving job that I love very much. I ve had my CDL for about nine years now, and I own three trucks (two 26-foot Hino and a Mitzu). I ve been doing the same job for 17 years.
Luz Carouso: I am thankful that drivers care about one another, even through simple gestures such as a flash of the lights or holding the door open at a truck stop. I am grateful knowing that young drivers will gain more insight on operating in a professional manner by watching experienced men and women. I am thankful to be associated with people who want to put in a full day s work and earn the money that protects and nurtures their families.
Jason Akers: No holiday here, but I m thankful to have a loving family and a decent job. Got to keep the wheels a turning. Christmas right around the corner and trying to get enough to buy my son an iPad.
Daniel Malmquist: I m thankful for waking up every morning still breathing, bu most of all for those out there on the front lines protecting our freedom who will not be with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. God bless them and the United States of America. And yes, I will be running this week. With 20 years in the military, missing many a holiday, what s one more?
Daniel McCreary: I m thankful for a family that doesn t complain about the crazy trucking schedule. And though I don t always see eye to eye with my company s management, I m thankful for a secure job that allows me to comfortably support my wife and six children. I m thankful for customers who make my job a real pleasure.
Dwight Nelson: I m thankful just to be back on the road driving again after going through a nasty divorce. I ended up losing my Chevy Silverado, my 2005 Volvo truck, my CDL, my house, my two sons and damn near my mind. I was off the road from August 2009 to January 2013. I m now a driver trainer with Total Transportation of Mississippi. So far I have a 100 percent success rate with all of my trainees. I make sure that all of them are road ready and properly trained before I sign off to allow my company to let them go out as solo drivers. So far, all of my students are running teams and doing a good job. I m dealing with some sciatic nerve damage in my left leg, but I m not going to let it get the best of me. I m wishing everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. Don t forget to share your stories about what you re thankful for. Thank you Jesus.
Payne Overton: My son, son-in-law and family friend all were killed in a car wreck this past year, Dec. 13, 2012, by a truck driver. He fell asleep at the wheel and T-boned my son s car. At first I blamed the driver. But I started to think about my husband, who is an owner-operator himself. I know how hard it is trying to pick up and make deliveries on time. I am thankful that my son, son-in-law, and friend did not know what hit them. It was that fast. For all of the drivers out there: I thank you for all you do. I am at peace now, seeing things through a driver s eyes. I have been on our truck with my husband many times. I thank God for just getting by one more day. I am thankful for my family, friends and the drivers I know and love.
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