Deborah Whistler

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TIMTC annual meeting to tackle national freight programs

The Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition’s (TIMTC) 2013 meeting will be held in conjunction with American Trucking Assns.’ Management Conference and Exhibit (MC&E) at the Marriott Orlando World Center on October 21-22, 2013. 

Two TIMTC business meetings will focus on “Developing the National Freight Strategy” and will include topics such as the MAP-21 Truck Size & Weight study, the National Freight Network and Emergency Response and the Trucking Industry. 

Craigslist scam targets truck drivers 1

Tulsa, OK police are warning truck drivers about a man who is using Craigslist ads to solicit truck drivers for bogus jobs in order to get information for an identity theft scam, according to a report by Fox23 News in Tulsa.

Police told the news station the scammer has used numerous aliases but recently has gone by Jim or Forrest.

TCA sponsors health fairs at TA/Petro locations

To help professional truck drivers lead longer, healthier lives, the Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) will sponsor free health fairs at 18 TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Centers (TA/Petro) across the U.S. during Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Reflecting the theme “Make Your Destination Another Birthday,” the events will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, or Wednesday, Sept. 18, depending on the specific location.

Miami area Sawgrass Expressway to go all-electronic/cashless in early 2014

The Sawgrass Expressway designated Toll-869 on the northwest outskirts of the Miami/Ft Lauderdale metro area is being converted to all-electronic tolling by Florida’s Turnpike Commission.

The mainline toll plazas on the highway both already have open road electronic tolling (ORT) plus cash collection. Work on the conversion to cashless started in the last week of July and cash collection is due to cease in early 2014.

Georgia governor ends tolls on Atlanta highway

The Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (GSRTA) said that Nov. 21 is tentatively set as the date for ending toll collection on the GA400 tollroad north of central Atlanta. In an announcement, Gov. Nathan Deal took personal responsibility for the decision to end the state’s only full user-pay toll road.

Country singer honors trucking ‘Angels’ on 26-truck stop tour

Country singer Lindsay Lawler will represent the Truckload Carriers Assn. Highway Angel Program on a 26-stop tour at select TA/Petro truck stops. The pro-trucking country music concerts will help revitalize the “Knights of the Highway” image of the professional truck driver, according to TCA.

Truck Rodeo organizers hope to educate young drivers 1

The Pee Dee Transportation Assn., Darlington, SC, will host a truck driving competition and show to raise awareness and funds to support the Teens & Trucks Share the Road safety initiative for area teen drivers.

The Truck Rodeo will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, SC. Organizers will design a test course that simulates some of the toughest driving, backing, and slow maneuvering situations that truck drivers face on a regular basis.

Brownsville, TX, gets all-electronic toll points on SH550 bypass to ports, S Padre Island

The Cameron Country Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA) in the Brownsville, TX, area is continuing all-electronic tolling on the next phase of the SH550 that will provide a direct connection between US77 and the Port of Brownsville. US77 connects the Brownsville area to the north including I-37 to San Antonio and northeast to Houston.

The SH550 project is an upgrade of surface highway FM511, and the ports of Brownsville and Isabel and South Padre Island to the east. The approximate 10-mi., SH550 project has been broken into segments.

123Loadboard.com launches Load Planner to help find most profitable loads

123Loadboard.com, an Internet load board for the transportation industry, has launched its newest load planning technology, Load Planner, to help professional truck drivers save time and maximize profits by taking into consideration driving time, deadhead mileage, fuel and toll costs.

Load Planner reduces the time required to locate a sequence of the highest potential paying loads to plan a trip without having to perform countless load searches, according to the load service provider.

Dallas-area road rage killer of two truck drivers executed 1

Douglas Feldman, a former financial analyst who was convicted of killing truck drivers Robert Everett, 36, of Marshfield, MO, and Nicholas Velasquez, 62, of Irving, TX, on Aug. 24, 1998, in a North Texas road rage incident, was executed in Huntsville, TX.

California Energy Commission hears latest on clean-diesel technology

The increasing market acceptance of advanced clean diesel technology heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles will play a major role in helping California achieve future fuel savings and climate objectives, according to new research presented by the Diesel Technology Forum (DTF) to the California Energy Commission.

Trucker extracts elderly couple from overturned car

Robert Phillips of Cleburne, TX, an independent contractor leased to American Central Transport, Inc. (ACT), of Liberty, MO, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Assn. (TCA) for helping an elderly couple involved in a traffic accident.

On June 5, 2013, at about 3:15 p.m., Phillips had just picked up a load in Alabama and was driving along U.S. Highway 72 in Mississippi on his way to his final destination in Oklahoma. It was raining, and he had slowed down because of poor visibility.

Indianapolis to lower roads under bridges to prevent truck strikes

As many as 70 trucks have crashed into Virginia Avenue Bridge in downtown Indianapolis in recent years, causing state transportation officials to mount a surveillance camera and plan to lower the roadway to avoid trucks hitting the overpass.

Last week state transportation officials released a video montage of surveillance footage, showing trucks slamming into the bridge over and over and over again.  

Dramatic video captures truck tragedy

Dramatic video captured a runaway truck accident in Texas where a driver veered off I-30 and was killed, police have said.

Trucker James Long, 59, was driving a consignment of ceramic tiles when he lost control of the truck before crashing through highway barriers and landing on the freeway below where the rig burst into flames.

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