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By Michael Dresser Getting there | February 15, 2010
L ast week's column in which I nominated tractor-trailer drivers who let their rigs jackknife on Maryland highways as Public Enemy No. 1 certainly caught the attention of truckers far and wide. I never knew there were so many synonyms for "idiot." Many of the e-mails that poured in questioned my qualifications to opine on the subject of truck-driving or demanded an apology for daring to criticize truckers whose incompetence leads to crashes that choke the state's most critical roadways at the worst possible times.
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July 6, 2014
Thank you, Ed Slattery, for continuing to fight for truck safety for those who might suffer from a trucker- caused accident and for the truckers themselves ( "Keep tired truckers off the road," June 29). It is hard to believe that anyone would put forward a suggestion that more hours could be added to driving given our current knowledge about the negative effects of disrupting normal sleep cycles and of sleep deprivation on the functioning of the brain, especially judgment. Judith Maisey - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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July 6, 2014
Thank you, Ed Slattery, for continuing to fight for truck safety for those who might suffer from a trucker- caused accident and for the truckers themselves ( "Keep tired truckers off the road," June 29). It is hard to believe that anyone would put forward a suggestion that more hours could be added to driving given our current knowledge about the negative effects of disrupting normal sleep cycles and of sleep deprivation on the functioning of the brain, especially judgment. Judith Maisey - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
June 9, 2014
The horrific traffic crash last Saturday at 1 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one person and left comedian Tracy Morgan in critical condition at a hospital near Trenton calls attention to the danger of tired truck drivers. Investigators suspect the driver of a Walmart tractor-trailer had dozed off when he slammed into the back of the comedian's limousine bus which was returning to New York from a show in Dover, Del. The exact circumstances are not entirely clear, and police have stressed that the incident remains under investigation.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
John Latvanas figured it was a fluke when he found the first Baltimore City parking ticket on his truck in mid-December. He and his son, Jason, who run a pallet-recycling business, had been parking overnight on Southwestern Boulevard for nearly 15 years and never had a problem. When they got a second ticket three weeks later, they started parking a quarter-mile down the road, an area they thought was over the Baltimore County line and out of reach of city enforcement. But the city parking tickets didn't cease.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 26, 2005
UPON READING last week's column about safety tips for driving around big trucks, Columbia's Don Oliver e-mailed that he expected I would hear from many readers about giving trucks room for safety. He was correct. Most of your comments focused on trucks tailgating. He did agree, however, that it is in everyone's best interest to give them room. "But, far too often I find myself being tailgated by an 18-wheeled monster, even in the right lane. Truckers endanger drivers by speeding, driving when tired and most importantly, by tailgating," Oliver said.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | May 15, 1994
Surrounded by dozens of commercial 18-wheelers on the parking lot behind Truckers Inn in Jessup is a very eye-catching trailer.Large crosses decorate the exterior of the immobile trailer, and big lettering on the side announces: "God's Trucking Ministry" and "Chapel."Inside are eight wooden chairs grouped together and a lectern, where the Rev. James R. Brown often stands.The ordained minister uses the trailer-turned-chapel to counsel and uplift men and women truckers who are constantly on the road and need spiritual guidance and a friendly shoulder.
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By Doug Birch | November 26, 1990
His "church" is a motel security office, with a view of some diesel pumps in East Baltimore. His pulpit is a desk piled with electronic equipment, including police scanners, a couple of microphones and a 40-channel citizens band radio. And his congregation includes "The Rubber Duck," "Low Rider," "The Destroyer" and "Bandit."Meet the Rev. S. Anthony Battaglia, better known to his flock as "The Chaplain Man."Mr. Battaglia, 60, was hired three years ago by the Baltimore Port Truck Plaza, a truck stop off O'Donnell Street, to use a CB radio to give truckers directions around the city.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Staff Writer | September 10, 1995
Country fried steak is the hottest item on the menu, and the motors of 18-wheelers hum all night long. T. A. Baltimore South -- long known as the Truckers Inn and one of the largest truckstops on the East Coast -- is a refuge for hundreds of long-distance drivers a day.The lights never go out on these 26 paved acres at the intersection of Interstate 95, U.S. 1 and Maryland Route 175 in Jessup -- a round-the-clock pit stop luring all manner of travelers....
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By Dan Rodricks and Dan Rodricks,Staff Writer | October 15, 1992
FREDERICK -- They come here from Way Out There, from just about every state you can name, traveling thousands of miles in the big rigs, hauling what the United States eats and wears and uses. Robert Klein, for instance, left his home in Nebraska and made stops in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, picked up a cargo of frozen seafood, then traveled cross-country to New Jersey and Pennsylvania before winding up in Maryland.And he did all this in too short a time to mention, which means maybe he stretched the rules on driving without rest.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
John Latvanas figured it was a fluke when he found the first Baltimore City parking ticket on his truck in mid-December. He and his son, Jason, who run a pallet-recycling business, had been parking overnight on Southwestern Boulevard for nearly 15 years and never had a problem. When they got a second ticket three weeks later, they started parking a quarter-mile down the road, an area they thought was over the Baltimore County line and out of reach of city enforcement. But the city parking tickets didn't cease.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
In the 60 seconds before his tractor-trailer smashed into two vehicles on the Bay Bridge last summer, propelling one into the water below, Gabor Lovasz accelerated from 8 mph to 51 mph. In its final report on the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board attributed the accident to Lovasz's "inattention" as well as his "unfamiliarity with the area and lack of knowledge that traffic routinely slows on the eastbound span of the bridge....
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
The driver of a tractor-trailer that collided with a car on the Bay Bridge in July, sending the car and its 23-year-old driver over a barrier and into the water below, has been charged with four traffic violations, Maryland Transportation Authority Police announced Thursday. The announcement came as welcome news to the family of Morgan Jade Lake of Sunderland, the driver of the vehicle sent into the water. "I am relieved that at least there are some charges," said Melani Lake, her mother.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
It is with great disappointment that I read The Sun's article on the Maryland State Police's recent "dragnet" targeting trucks in Baltimore ("State police safety dragnet takes 114 trucks off the road," March 28). Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) and its member trucking companies are committed to efforts that improve safety on our state's roadways. We have worked cooperatively with the Maryland State Police as they developed the most extensive state enforcement program for weighing and inspecting trucks in the country, and we have supported expanded use of technology to enhance their enforcement efforts.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
Patterson Hood doesn't hesitate to acknowledge that his band, Southern rock veterans Drive-By Truckers, almost called it quits last year. He doesn't elaborate on details but concedes that "personal [stuff]" was eroding the band from the inside. "I spent a lot of last year soul-searching whether it was time to pack it up and call it a day. I truly did," Hood said. "I spent two years with that in the back of my mind, a nagging thing. I didn't like where the band was at. " Hood laughs at the idea now. With the recent departures of bassist Shonna Tucker and guitarist John Neff, Hood says, Drive-By Truckers is rejuvenated.
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Dan Rodricks | January 28, 2013
I beg the reader's indulgence as I savor a memory of something that lasted for only about 10 minutes on a summer day 17 years ago - an encounter with a stranger on a bridge in Baltimore County. It was one of those remarkable moments in which something like the secret to happiness appears. That sounds grandiose, but I think you know what I mean about moments like that. They're strange, beautiful epiphanies. Something happens - in the blink of an eye, in an act of kindness, in the sound of music - that answers some question you've had about what it means not only to be human but to be happy about it. It was 1996, and I was having one of my blue days - depressed or overworked or bothered by something.
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By S.M. Khalid | January 7, 1991
If a proposed new 5 percent motor fuel tax is approved by the General Assembly, some disgruntled tractor-trailer drivers said yesterday they plan to keep on trucking -- driving their 18-wheelers non-stop past Maryland's costly gas and diesel pumps."
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By John W. Frece and Laura Lippman and John W. Frece and Laura Lippman,Annapolis Bureau | April 3, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- If ordinary motorists wind up paying 6 cents a gallon more for gasoline over the next eight months while truckers don't, they can look to a back-room deal brokered by a politically connected Baltimore baker and truck stop owner.In the hallway behind the state Senate chamber, beyond the sign that bars ordinary lobbyists, John Paterakis presented himself earlier this week to complain about a bill that would raise the state's tax on diesel fuel.With the aid of a friendly senator and some leverage on an unrelated bill transportation officials desperately want, Mr. Paterakis appears close to getting what he wants: a delay in the full tax increase on the fuel truckers buy.The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee yesterday passed a bill that would increase Maryland's tax on gasoline by 6 cents a gallon, to 24.5 cents, starting May 1. The House earlier passed a nickel-a-gallon increase.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
State troopers on Friday will begin a new enforcement effort targeting truckers and other commercial vehicle drivers who illegally park along Interstate 83 in Baltimore County, according to the Maryland State Police. The practice, which has increased in recent years, creates "extremely dangerous conditions" for other drivers on the road, police said. Troopers will be enforcing the new "zero tolerance" policy by issuing a citation to any commercial driver parked on the highway's shoulders for a non-emergency reason, police said.
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