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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    As an observer, I've seen so many cars do such stupid stuff around trucks. I swear, people think they are invincible and that trucks have this magic ability to stop on a dime.

    People, quit driving in the blind spot. Don't merge in front of a truck unless you've given them quite a bit of distance to stop. Let them merge. And don't expect them to jack rabbit to 60...just be patient.
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    Good, they need to ban cell phone usage while driving. If they have to start with truckers to do it then so be it. Just so long as it gets applied to everyone else that drives on the road eventually then I'll be content.
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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Irrelevant. The trucking industry is much bigger.

    BTS | Table 1 - Commercial Freight Activity in the United States by Mode of Transportation: 2002

    11,000 billion tons by truck 1,000 billion by train.
    Could have fooled me - I definitely see far moer trains than trucks but I guess when I lived inthe city it was a different story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Could have fooled me - I definitely see far more trains than trucks but I guess when I lived in the city it was a different story.
    I think train transport is more efficient in terms of fuel usage, but infrastructure requirements are (obviously) higher - you probably see more trains because there is a track nearby - if a town isn't near one...I think Arkansas was settled later than PA, and because of that, it may have more towns that were built around tracks or tracks built to towns, due to that technology being developed in the interim.

    And then, transport from train hubs to more dispersed warehouses obviously means trucks - Pennsylvania seems to have quite a few trucking warehouses, and it's a bit denser in population, as opposed to Arkansas, I think.

    The pop density is probably part of the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Good, they need to ban cell phone usage while driving. If they have to start with truckers to do it then so be it. Just so long as it gets applied to everyone else that drives on the road eventually then I'll be content.
    Oh bull ****. Last year I was flying a single pilot aircraft. I could fly that aircraft in clouds down to 200 feet off the ground with out seeing the ground while controlling the roll and pitch with my left hand, the yaw with both my feet and the airspeed, power, flaps, gear, and props with the right hand, all while talking and listening on the radio and completing checklists. Don't tell me I can't drive a car with one hand and control the speed with one foot while talking. That's just stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    Oh bull ****. Last year I was flying a single pilot aircraft. I could fly that aircraft in clouds down to 200 feet off the ground with out seeing the ground while controlling the roll and pitch with my left hand, the yaw with both my feet and the airspeed, power, flaps, gear, and props with the right hand, all while talking and listening on the radio and completing checklists. Don't tell me I can't drive a car with one hand and control the speed with one foot while talking. That's just stupid.
    There's less margin for error in driving, in some respects.

    If I took my hands off the wheel for 10 secs, I might hit something, depending on speed, etc.

    Whereas when flying, taking your hands off the controls might, at worst, mean you started climbing, diving, or perhaps went into a spin...

    Wait...

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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    There is a ban on this? Really?
    My understanding, (and I haven't seen the law, but a couple of truckers have told me this), is that there is a Federal ban on truckers carrying a gun in the cab or on their person, regardless of whether they have a carry permit or not, and regardless of state law. What I heard was, this was done during the big trucker/teamster strikes of the 70s (?), when there was a certain level of violence going on between strikers and others... and like most Fed laws it has outlived its usefulness but remained in place (if it ever really had any usefulness).

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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    In my state there's a cell phone ban for all drivers

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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    My understanding, (and I haven't seen the law, but a couple of truckers have told me this), is that there is a Federal ban on truckers carrying a gun in the cab or on their person, regardless of whether they have a carry permit or not, and regardless of state law. What I heard was, this was done during the big trucker/teamster strikes of the 70s (?), when there was a certain level of violence going on between strikers and others... and like most Fed laws it has outlived its usefulness but remained in place (if it ever really had any usefulness).
    I think that the reason it is illegal is that gun permits are not reciprocal. You'd have to get as many permits as the number of states you drove through. Also, of course, some states would have a problem with a trucker having a gun in his cab. Illinois being one of them. Couldn't do it here -- it's illegal. Even some towns in Illinois, as an example, have different restrictions. It'd be a nightmare.

    I'm betting there's no Federal law against it, though. And it's certainly not a part of the CDL.
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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I think that the reason it is illegal is that gun permits are not reciprocal. You'd have to get as many permits as the number of states you drove through. Also, of course, some states would have a problem with a trucker having a gun in his cab. Illinois being one of them. Couldn't do it here -- it's illegal. Even some towns in Illinois, as an example, have different restrictions. It'd be a nightmare.

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    Well, in most states the state laws pre-empt local. Also, you would not need permits for every state. With a Florida, New Hampshire and Texas non-resident permits you're covered in the vast majority of states right there.

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