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Roses & Razzberries

A ROSE to OOIDA member Ann Johnson for using her 24 years of trucking knowledge to teach geography to her Trucker Buddy class. Johnson sends postcards and information about cities where she stops to Ann Findley’s third-grade class in Sanger, TX.

A truck load of building supplies was to be delivered to a location on Yauger Road in New York state. The driver Keith Alterburn, of Grand Island, NE, missed the turn and ended up stuck on the curve where two streets meet. To the rescue came Louie Blubaugh of Blubaugh Body and Frame. He hooked chains to the trailer and had Alterburn on his way by lifting the back end of the trailer over enough so the trailer would miss the power pole. Also responding to the scene was Police Sgt. Fred Gerber who made the trucker’s day a bit better. Sgt. Gerber decided against issuing Alterburn a ticket, saying the trucker already has enough trouble. A ROSE to Blubaugh and Gerber.

The High Point (NC) Enterprise recently recognized a local trucker with a nice tribute. An Associated Press story appeared in June on the 47-year, 5.3 million accident-free career of driver Carnell Brenson. Brenson raised a family, only interrupted his career to go to war, sent sons to college and still drives for the same trucking company. This fresh, honest story deserves a ROSE.

Aileen Forman picked up a stray kitten who was dodging traffic along a freeway. She tucked the kitten into her car where it promptly climbed under the dash panel. When Forman pulled into a rest area for help, a kind-hearted trucker took the dash apart and helped Forman create a makeshift carrier from Tupperware and duct tape so she could be on her way. A ROSE to the unknown trucker and Woman’s World magazine for the story.

July’s Reader’s Digest featured “How Good Drivers Get Killed,” an article pointing out some of the most common reasons for fatal crashes. The article concludes with statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that an overwhelming 86 percent of traffic fatalities happen on side roads and byways. Only 14 percent occur on major highways. ROSE to the Digest for this educational and balanced article.

ROSE to those radio stations picking up the public service announcements (PSAs) from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration focusing on sharing the road safely with 18-wheelers. The educational new spots explain the consequences of pulling out in front of a big truck. One spot says wearing your seat belt and having air bags and high-impact bumpers won’t save your life if you cut in front of a truck. Another says give trucks a lot of room. It takes trucks twice as long to stop as a car. The last one asks big rigs to do a reality check and back off in a possible accident situation.