Month: February 2007

Idaho Speed Law fails to pass Committee

An interesting story came across my way in the Spokane Newspaper today. Apparently a new speed limit law raising the state speed limit for commercial trucks on Idaho freeways to 70 MPH stalled and was rejected in committee today. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, sponsored SB 1075 stating that raising the speed limit commercial vehicles and lowering the limit for automobiles from 75 to 70 MPH would make the freeways safer. The idea was to even out the speeds between commercial vehicles and private automobiles. With the speeds already at 65, I think the speed for private automobiles should be lowered. Several freeways in the state of Idaho are located in mountainous, heavily traveled corridors. With the increasing consumption of oil, I would think an environmentally sensitive state such as Idaho should lead the country in lower speeds for all vehicles.

I read a little further into the article and notice that Senator Corder owns a trucking company in southern Idaho! To read this article from the Spokane Spokesman-Review, click HERE.

I chuckled when I found out Mr. Corder owned a trucking company. I wish our state representatives could get a little more creative. I hope that he didn’t run for state senate just to try to raise the speed limit. I smell a bad fish here and I think his efforts are self centered and aimed at using his power in the state legistlature to his own advantage. If I lived in Mountain Home, Idaho, I would certainly raise some questions about whether or not Senator Corder is really representing the needs and desires of the people who voted him into office.

** Others have expressed their concerns over Senator Corder’s actions in Idaho. Read them here:

The Unequivocal Notion

TTNews.com

Spokesman-Review

Landline Magazine

Idaho Statesman

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Idaho Speed Law fails to pass Committee

An interesting story came across my way in the Spokane Newspaper today. Apparently a new speed limit law raising the state speed limit for commercial trucks on Idaho freeways to 70 MPH stalled and was rejected in committee today. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home, sponsored SB 1075 stating that raising the speed limit commercial vehicles and lowering the limit for automobiles from 75 to 70 MPH would make the freeways safer. The idea was to even out the speeds between commercial vehicles and private automobiles. With the speeds already at 65, I think the speed for private automobiles should be lowered. Several freeways in the state of Idaho are located in mountainous, heavily traveled corridors. With the increasing consumption of oil, I would think an environmentally sensitive state such as Idaho should lead the country in lower speeds for all vehicles.

I read a little further into the article and notice that Senator Corder owns a trucking company in southern Idaho! To read this article from the Spokane Spokesman-Review, click HERE.

I chuckled when I found out Mr. Corder owned a trucking company. I wish our state representatives could get a little more creative. I hope that he didn’t run for state senate just to try to raise the speed limit. I smell a bad fish here and I think his efforts are self centered and aimed at using his power in the state legistlature to his own advantage. If I lived in Mountain Home, Idaho, I would certainly raise some questions about whether or not Senator Corder is really representing the needs and desires of the people who voted him into office.

Cool CDL Driver Job Search Site @ Indeed.com

In the years I have been developing websites and blogs, I have come across a lot of interesting sites and tools that are good and bad. I don’t often blog about another site unless I find it useful for my readers. One such site is a site I came across about a month ago. This site is a job search site similar to the monster site and the career site. The site I am talking about is called Indeed.com. There is one huge difference between those other sites and Indeed.com. Indeed searches thousands of sources including Monster, Career and other regional job listing services including local newspapers and state job development sites. I would recommend Indeed.com to find Truck Driver Jobs, Warehouse / Logistics Jobs, Freight Agent Jobs and many, many other jobs related to the trucking industry.

Use the search box above to find that dream job you have always been looking for on Indeed.com.

Cool CDL Driver Job Search Site @ Indeed.com

In the years I have been developing websites and blogs, I have come across a lot of interesting sites and tools that are good and bad. I don’t often blog about another site unless I find it useful for my readers. One such site is a site I came across about a month ago. This site is a job search site similar to the monster site and the career site. The site I am talking about is called Indeed.com. There is one huge difference between those other sites and Indeed.com. Indeed searches thousands of sources including Monster, Career and other regional job listing services including local newspapers and state job development sites. I would recommend Indeed.com to find Truck Driver Jobs, Warehouse / Logistics Jobs, Freight Agent Jobs and many, many other jobs related to the trucking industry.

Use the search box above to find that dream job you have always been looking for on Indeed.com.

The Northwest a Trashy Place?

Sometimes I think of some odd things while I am out on the open road. Have you ever wondered what other truck drivers are thinking while on the road driving? Are they thinking about family? Are they thinking about how to make more money going to another company? These and other interesting thoughts often come to mind when I am a long run, watching the long miles endlessly pass by.

My latest odd thought came about yesterday as I was passing through Missoula, Montana along I-90. I noticed the snow is almost melted and you could actually see green grass try to sprout from amongst the gray, rag weed that lines the freeway shoulder and center divider. One unfortunate problem I noticed was the never ending supply of various trash scattered along the freeway. I noticed everything from cans, fast food containers, beer bottles, milk jugs, pee bottles, plastic shopping bags, cooler lids, hub caps, tires, tire shreds, basketballs, tennis balls, misc. papers, diapers, oil jugs, car bumpers, car parts, rims, candy wrappers, potato chip bags, etc. You get the picture, everything and anything can be found along the highways of our nation. I think that the main reason I happened to notice all of the trash is because most northern states don’t do roadside trash pickup during the winter months because of the snow. I think the most shocking item I noticed was the number of beer cans and beer bottles along the freeway. I was just astonished at the endless line of trash littering the freeway from Missoula to Seattle.

Then I thought, I wondered how much trash is actually scattered along the freeway. How could I estimate the number of items I noticed just in the state of Washington alone? I came up with a rough number of 299,000 items in a 300 mile stretch of I-90. Of course I didn’t attempt to count everything I saw, but I did come up with a rough estimate of how much trash was scattered along the freeway. I estimated that I noticed a can, bottle or other item about every 5 feet, this would include the shoulders and center divider. A mile has roughly a little more than 5,000 feet. Every mile had the possibility of containing 1,000 items. 1,000 x 299 miles across Washington along I-90 equals 299,000 items! Here is another amazing fact, if 75% of the trash were cans or bottles, some states have a redemption value on each bottle or can of .05 cents. Lets see, 299,000 x 75% = 224250 cans and bottles. If I took 224250 cans and bottles in at .05 cents a piece, I would make a cool profit of $11,212.50! LOL!

I’ll be the first one to admit, I did have too much time on my hands to figure that one out. But that is what you get when you are bored out of your mind cruising down the road.

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