Friday, October 30, 2009

Let's Say Thanks In Support Of Our Troops

XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL

If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?

Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them. This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you.

Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you's.

Thanks for taking to time to support our military!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Brochure intended to help truckers around restricted routes in NY

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Brochure intended to help truckers around restricted routes in
NY


There’s ongoing confusion for truckers in New York about driving along certain routes. The problem has drawn the attention of multiple agencies, as well as Gov. David Paterson.


The New York State Department of Transportation and New York City Department of Transportation have put together a brochure, which is intended to benefit truckers who are looking to avoid situations where they might get caught up on restricted routes.

The brochure provides phone numbers and Web addresses for truck drivers in need of additional information or trip planning. Highlighting the concerns of bridge strikes on these routes, it also includes tips on what do when approaching a low overhead clearance. The restricted downstate parkways are listed and shown on a map.


Possible punishments and repercussions for getting caught on restricted routes also are listed.


The brochure stresses that relying solely on GPS units or online mapping is not advised, and it includes a plea to “always obey posted signage.”

In addition to the brochure, the agencies are working with the New York State Police and Westchester County as part of the Bridge Strike Mitigation Task Force. The groups are looking for solutions to the ongoing issue with truckers using restricted routes.

While the brochure is in line with the task force’s attempts to help educate professional drivers, Gov. Paterson has opted to pursue legislation that relies on hitting truckers in their pocketbooks.

The governor announced in mid October he is pursuing legislation that would require all large trucks to be equipped with enhanced GPS units to direct truckers away from restricted routes.

He says action must be taken to address the growing number of truckers who take routes with low clearances, resulting in so-called bridge strikes.

Truckers and their companies found in violation of the proposed rule would face numerous penalties, which could include confiscation of the truck, possible jail time, and the trucking companies or their insurance carriers footing some of the costs for repairing damaged bridges.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association was pointed in its assessment of Paterson’s proposal. The Association says efforts like this in New York are causing quality trucking jobs to go elsewhere, as well as raising costs to consumers throughout the state.

– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

Editor’s Note:
Please share your thoughts with us about the issue included in this story.
Comments may be sent to statelegislativedesk@ooida.com.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Trucker Buddy drivers needed

(Poll closed - Results below )<------------- Check out the Poll on the top left side of the page. It will be open until 11/28/09.

I found this article over at LandLineMag.com. If your not a member of the Trucker Buddy program, now would be a good time to start. Trucker Buddy is a penpal program that matches up truck drivers with school class rooms. It gives the students a look at the world through the eyes of the drivers. They use the drivers letters to study reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history. This also helps to improve the image of the "truck driver". The driver gets a little companionship while out on the road.

Since I'm probably not helping the cause by writing this in my own words, check out the brochure. You can get it here (PDF).



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Trucker Buddy drivers needed

The Trucker Buddy program needs a few good men and women, quite a few in fact. Since 1992, Trucker Buddy has been matching truckers with classrooms in schools across the country.

“We’re seeing an amazing level of growth in terms of teachers interested in this program – the number has at least doubled, if not tripled, in a matter of weeks. And that’s a great opportunity for trucking,” said Mark Reddig, Trucker Buddy board member and host of OOIDA’s Sirius XM satellite radio show, Land Line Now.

“This program is absolutely key to improving the image of truck drivers with the general public. Getting to kids at an early age with a positive image of truckers – and getting that same message across to their parents – not only helps us now, it will help us make this a better world for truckers 20 years down the road.”

Teachers use the program as an educational tool, often tracking their trucker’s travels on a map. Reddig reports a number of teachers signed-up this fall, and now they need about a hundred truckers to do the same.

“And it’s a great way for the kids themselves to learn a whole variety of subjects while having some fun,” said Reddig. “The folks already taking part in Trucker Buddy have proven this over and over. I would really strongly encourage folks to join that effort and help us expand the good work to even more schoolchildren.”

Trucker Buddy International has helped educate more than a million schoolchildren by introducing them to professional truck drivers. The ongoing success of the program is due to driver volunteers, participating teachers, and the contributions of sponsors, including OOIDA. There is no cost to the drivers or teachers to participate in the program.

Click here for more information.



Edit: 01/21/10 7:59 PM
Poll Results:

Are you a 'Trucker Buddy' (www.truckerbuddy.com)?

Yes - 0 (0%)
No - 1 (25%)
What the heck is that? - 1 (25%)
No but I think I'll join - 2 (50%)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Still Around - Check out "Driving"

I just wanted to drop a line and let everyone know that I'm still alive and well. Nothing really new to report just that things have been VERY busy at work. I'm behind on not only posting to this blog but reading all the other great blogs out there. Rest assured that I have not forgotten about all of you and I will be trying to get caught up soon.

In the mean time, checkout the poem posted on Brad's blog, "Politically Correct.....not". He posted it in March but I'm just getting around to reading it.

You can find the poem here. It's called "Driving" and I think the point comes acrossed rather well.