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 Hey all I am one of those dumb truck drivers, new to this site. My name is Chris I am 22, I own my own truck (Don't worry you typically won't catch me without a nice fat CVSA sticker sitting on my windshield, I'd much rather pay a mech $2,200 then pay the local authorites the same while taking a stab at my license and CSA score). Since everyone on here is typically some type of law enforcement, I just want to say hi and ask about your experiences with truckers are? good or bad. Myself I understand ya'll have a job to do and I want to get back on the road as soon as humanly possible, so I always try to be curteous and respectful to ya'll. I'm sure I've been pulled over and stopped at a scale by one of ya'll. 


I would like to ask some tips on ya'll letting me go quicker. I have found that if as soon as I stop I shut my truck off place my hands on the steering wheel, be polite and respectful at first encounter I'm pretty much set for a decent encounter. I've also learned that it sets ya'll at ease if instead of trying to get all my paperwork while your on your way to my rig, to just sit with hands on the wheel and when asked, tell the officer where it is, and that i'm going to reach for it. Any other tips that will put ya'll at ease would be appreciated.

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I am going out on a limb here and guess you are very bored.

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I am going out on a limb here and guess you are very bored.


 


 


That painfully obvious?  I am extremely bored, I've been off the road for a month because some genius thought it would be a great idea to back into my truck. I am going stirrrrrr crazzzy, its hard to sleep without the truck running. But I was serious about experiences with DOT an trucks, be it a story heard, a wreck. 


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Most of my Law Enforcement experiences with truckers are good ones, especially with the over the roaders. Only had one bad experience and that was at a crash scene involving a truck with dual trailers. He took a corner too fast and flipped the second trailer. Loaded, it slid quite a ways before hitting an oncoming car. He tried to convice me he was going slow, the tongue broke and caused the accident. Naturally, I didn't buy it based on the scene and damage to the tongue. He was cited for excessive speed. The company sent a crash investigator to talk to me. Once I showed him the tongue piece I kept as evidence, the driver no longer works for that trucking company.


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My husband is an 18wheeler here in Vancouver Canada. His paperwork is always in a pocket on his drivers door, easily accessable and he also has a clipboard tha fits around his steering wheel but I will get him to respond to the rest of your post. Hes been at this since he left the Navy at 19 and hes 63, you do the math.. He has been everywhere Canada/USA and everywhere in between. If you can pronounce it he can tell you how to get there 5 different ways,lol. I wish you the best in your travels and watch those hitch hikers, great company for conversation but watch your wallet...


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Welcome to Policelink, csmiller and thank you for your thorough introduction and interesting questions.  If you are bored, join the club.  Here at PoliceLink, both LE experts and civlians entertain and inform one another not just to relieve boredom, but to inform and promote good relations between LEOs and the public.  In that respect, this site is unique.


I know many civilians could stand to learn more about interactions between law enforcement and our nation's truckers on our busy highways.  Each profession is highly dependent on professionalism and strict adherence to procedures and regulations to ensure safety on our public thoroughfares.  Both professions demand a high level of honesty, integrity, dedication, extreme hard work, attentiveness and patience to the often moronic driving behavior of some civilians. 


Both professions contain a large number of unsung heroes.


There is a kind of mutual respect. 


I have two brothers who are truck drivers.  One is a newcomer to the field, the other has been driving about 30 years.  Before that, he punched cattle in Nevada.  From what my brother tells me, any tension that may exist in an encounter between LEO and driver in terms of how long the stop might take is over-ridden by a mutual respect during the encounter that helps the stop go quickly.  My friend 36TR's account here seems to corroborate that.


A stopped truck means stopped income. Everyone here can relate to some sleeplessness over the idea of that.   Regarding the particulars of your accident, I detect some tension there.  As well as some irritation about the length of a stop and what it costs to refrain from 'reaching' as you say.


I am pretty sure my brother would agree acting cooperatively and conservatively ensures a better encounter.  I too am awaiting responses here from LEOs.  I have noted in other such threads the near absence of officer's posts that might downgrade truckers.  That says something in and of itself.  As a trucker, you have a tough enough skin.  Stand by.


 

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As a patrol officer and now detective with 20+ years on the job I have encountered many drivers.  We have a major truck stop and Interstate running through my beat.  For the most part my interactions with truck drivers have been good.  Usually if they crash they admit fault if they did something dumb.  Usually though in a crash it is some idiot in a car that is the problem.  I have had drivers help me on more than one occassion and appreciate it.  I have run into the occassional knuckle head, usually about 2AM in the truck stop.  Of course these are usually people who are new to the industry and not long out of it.  I hope you get back on the road soon cmiller.  As far as working the scales my agency does not do that so I can' t comment  on that end of it.

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Yeah I'm pretty iritated about my truck, aside from it being in the shop for 5 weeks. It was a hit and run. I was down in Beaumont, Tx. I usually run nights, and I park in the back of the lot because its quiter. I woke up about 1415 and went in to use the bathroom, and bought a drink. When I came out, I found that my truck had been backed into and no one was around. I limped my truck home to Ft. Worth and put it in the only body shop at frieghtliner. Because I have an International they have to order the parts through International, apparently between the body shop manager at frieghliner and the parts manager at International there has been previous drama. So it took about 3 weeks for them to get the parts in. Finally got them, and the body shop got the work done. Now I'm waiting on my insurance company to send the check to Frieghtliner, who then has to send it to my lien holder, who then has to send it back to the shop. 


I'm highly annoyed, burning through my reserve accounts and ready to hit the road. lol. Well I'm glad ya'll have had good experiences with most of us. I know alot of us are hard headed, and alot of drivers are just in a bad mood 24/7 so on behalf of those guys I'm sorry they give us a bad name. Thank you for all the positive comments I know sometimes the tension between a driver and officer can be a little intense, ya'll got bigger things to do than deal with us, and we got a deadline lol. Thank you for doing a job I think if I did would make me want to taser the stupid people I'm sure ya'll deal with on a daily basis.

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My brother says the dome light and hands on the steering wheel make for a more pleasant experience. 


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I tend to keep my paperwork on the dash or visor. When stopped just set the brakes roll the passenger window down cut the engine pull paperwork and log book and wait. Never had an issue. No shuffling no reaching no sudden moves no i have to reach for (insert item) just makes everyones life easier. What is LE's opinion on best procedure? Not exactly easy to see in the cab from the ground.


Funny how the only enumerated right that contains the phrase "shall not be infringed" suffers the heaviest regulation. I'm still trying to find where it says anything about hunting and targets.

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 I am a regular patrol officer who is C.V.S.A. trained. I have had lots of dealing with truckers. Most are good and some not so much. My main suggestion is do as you are asked and don't try and play the fool when we are underneath marking the brake pushrods. When the pushrods stick out that far and barely move when you have a full brake application then it is pretty easy to tell the brakes were not released. Nothing is going to upset me more then having to go mark a 6 to 12 axle truck again. 


I understand that time is money for truckers. The only inspections that take a long time contain defects and out of service issues. I have seen a lot of really unsafe trucks while doing level one inspections. Most are really good but some are really bad. 


I approach the driver and ask for all his documents first. Once I get those the truck gets parked for the inspection. I find that most cops know nothing about CMV enforcement and truckers generally know that. Once they figure out you know the attempts at tricking you stop. 


I have only had one trucker act badly during an inspection. He was bobtailing so the inspection was going to be a quick one. He was in a hurry and I wanted a quick inspection so he got inspected. By the time I was done he was laughing and joking around with me. 


The bottom line is do as you are asked. Be polite and respectful and I will be the same back. Get your logs done up and accurately complete your pretrip and logs. 


 


 

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radarboy says ...



When the pushrods stick out that far and barely move when you have a full brake application then it is pretty easy to tell the brakes were not released. Nothing is going to upset me more then having to go mark a 6 to 12 axle truck again.



Thanks, I needed a good laugh this mornin.  Willing to bet that driver didn't get out of there very quickly if at all.


Lucky for me, my usual scale house visit consists of log permits bills have a nice day. 9 times out of 10 they just give me that wonderful bypass signal.


Funny how the only enumerated right that contains the phrase "shall not be infringed" suffers the heaviest regulation. I'm still trying to find where it says anything about hunting and targets.