Roses & Razzberries

By Terry Scruton, "Land Line Now" senior correspondent

ROSES to both Love’s Truck Stops and Bill Cosby (no, not that one), mayor of Bevier, Mo. After hearing about an uproar over a proposed Love’s Truck Stop in Ramsay, Mont., Mayor Cosby fired off a letter to the Montana Standard in the company’s defense.

Cosby praised Love’s for working with his town to address the usual (and usually unfounded) concerns that come along with truck stop proposals. He goes on to say that the Love’s in his town has not had a negative impact on local businesses and that it has provided “safe, clean bright places” not only for truck drivers but also for families.

He also praised the jobs Love’s has brought to town. He urges the people of Ramsay to consider allowing the company to build a stop in their town as well. It’s high praise and a refreshing change from what we too often hear from locals when truck stops come to town.

ROSES to Patricia Morgan, a Republican state lawmaker in Rhode Island who earlier this year led an effort to repeal the state’s controversial truck-only tolls plan. “Rhode Works” was passed into law in 2016 and authorized the state to enact tolls on trucks to pay for bridge replacement and reconstruction.

Needless to say truckers have been less than happy about the bill and so welcome the efforts of House Minority Leader Morgan, who called the original bill “irresponsible” and “an albatross around the necks of Rhode Island consumers.” What’s more, she said the plan may also be unconstitutional.

Harsh words? Maybe. But this was a harsh plan targeting truckers to begin with. Here’s hoping this effort stops it dead in its tracks.

ROSES to truck driver Scott Batchelor of West Allis, Wis., for helping police stop a drunk driver who was headed the wrong way on Interstate 41 near Milwaukee.

The 29-year-old woman was already driving with a revoked license when she started traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway. She drove right on past two squad cars attempting to stop her. At that point, Batchelor maneuvered his truck in front of the car and helped force the woman to come to a stop – after she had already gone 10 miles in the wrong direction.

Thankfully police, and truckers like Batchelor, are out there to help put a stop to things like this and thankfully this time no one was hurt.

ROSES to a nurse who came to the aid of a trucker after a serious accident in Idaho not long ago.

The Standard Journal out of Rexburg, Idaho, reports that the wreck happened on State Highway 20 when a semi carrying potatoes flipped on its side after a car cut sharply in front of it.

A nurse named Jennifer Zeh was on her way to class at that moment and saw the whole thing. She ran to the overturned truck. Upon learning that the trucker needed help she climbed inside the cab of the truck through the broken windshield and found the driver dazed with blood coming from his mouth. Turns out he had bitten his tongue. She checked his vitals and looked for signs of further injury and worked to keep him calm. When paramedics arrived they had to cut the top off of the cab to get the driver out. The nurse, who didn’t give her name at the scene, got in her car and headed to class, only to find out later that news reporters were looking for her.

Well, they found her and shared her story. We’re certainly glad they did so we can give her a shout-out as well for coming to the rescue.

RAZZBERRIES to Louisiana and all of the other states out there that keep coming back to the idea of speed differentials. Earlier this year Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, introduced a bill that would drop their truck speeds from 75 on rural interstates and 70 on urban interstates to 65 and 60, respectively.

Most states have been moving away from this idea because they recognize the fact that it makes roads more dangerous for everybody by slowing traffic and increasing interactions between trucks and other vehicles.

Yet a handful of states that won’t let go of the practice and lawmakers like Carter keep introducing bills to try to bring it back. Here’s hoping common sense prevails and speed differentials split for good. LL