Razzberries to Sen. David G. Kelly (R-CA) for SB 416, which proposes a study that may result in trucks stopped at the state's border during yet-to-be-determined school hours. The whole idea is to keep trucks off State Highway 94 at the same time as school children are bussed.
Roses to OOIDA member Steve Harvey. Steve and his 1990 KW W900, James Bond Edition, beat out 39 other entries to win first place in the bobtail division at the Eighth Annual Consolidated Truck Show last month in West Virginia. Harvey, who has been leased to Landstar Ranger for seven years, lives in Jacksonville, FL, with his wife, Patsy Hopson.
A recent verdict recorded in Dixie County, FL, deserves a whole load of razzberries. Hanging, being no longer legal, Judge Roy Bean hung a $2.9 million judgment on OOIDA member Marsha Kay Chesser.
And razzberries to the expert witness from the truckdriving school. We didn't catch the name of the school. Perhaps it was Joe Bob's Truck Driving School and Bait Shop? (Want to know more? Find the whole story on page 24.)
Roses to the Trucker Buddy program and all you trucker buddies out there. As of Oct. 1, Gary King, the Big Daddy of Trucker Buddies, says there are 250 classes of kids waiting for a trucker buddy.
Razzberries to the town of Vail, CO. A call from an OOIDA member prompted Land Line to make 11 calls to Colorado Highway Patrol, Colorado government offices and the DOT before getting a straight answer on the new chain up area. Finally, Paul DeJulio, DOT maintenance supervisor, said, "The old chain-up area has been moved because of complaints from residents over diesel fumes. The new one is at marker 178 and is much better than the old one. It is 2500 ft. or longer and will accommodate 25 trucks or more. It's paved and lighted so truckers can chain in bad conditions." DeJulio was not sure if there is a time limit on parking, but noted there are also three temporary stops on the east side of the tunnel on I-70 and one at Georgetown.
More razzberries to the town for its truck parking phobia. Vail's sheriff's department confirmed that there is a 30 minute parking limit at the chain-up area and there is no parking of any kind for trucks in the town. Patrolman Greg Black suggested all truckers stop to eat and chain up west of Vail at Eagle. He said, "Diesel rigs are always a concern to people in town." LL