I feel as if I am part of the “wee” patrol or maybe this happens just too much on the road! What I am referring to is the disregard of other drivers in our parking lots and rest areas when it comes to using the restroom.
I was briefly parked at a rest area in central Oregon today and was the recipient to another careless, thoughtless act. It was about 90 degrees today, the a/c in my truck is challenged to say the least. I decided to cool my heals and take a little break, my windows were rolled down and I was trying to take in some of the cool mountain air while I was resting. Once again, another trucker decided to park illegally in a “no parking” zone with his truck idling at full tilt! This took away my ability to take in the cool breeze and I had a noisy truck idling right next to me. The driver, who was driving a tractor from Western Pacific Materials out of Salem, OR, pulling a 48′ “Connestoga” flatbed. I didn’t take much notice until I heard the un-mistaken sound of someone pouring fluid on the ground next to my truck. I turned around, looked out the passenger window and noticed the driver adjusting his pants and putting his cup away for future use. I quickly realized that his pit stop was actually a pi** stop! The men’s restroom was only a truck length away!
When this type of behavior happens in my presence, I will continue to name the company and truck number if available. Unfortunately, the truck number was not noticeable on his truck. I would hope that Western Pacific reminds their drivers that a public parking spot is not a urinal! I can’t tell you upsetting it is to get out of my truck and wonder if the puddle I am stepping in is actually water or urine. I already have a mental list of truck stops and other areas I refuse to stop because of this problem. When someone urinates on the ground in a place that many people park, it is not only a health hazard, but it also has the effect of tracking urine into my truck, my home away from home, my living space! I wonder what would happen if I showed up at that drivers home and decided to urinate in his living room instead of walking 50 feet to the restroom. I am sure he would be very upset and probably throw me out of his house.
I am sure Western Pacific is a good company that likes to shed a good image to their customers, DOT and other drivers. I would hope that this isn’t a regular practice and that the company frowns on such behavior!
This is the latest ISS Recommendation for a DOT officer evaluating the need for an inspection when a commercial vehicle passes over a DOT inspection facility or scale. When the DOT officer enters our DOT number or MC number into their computer, this is the information that the officer will see. As you can see below, this is the score that the company I drive for recently received. Most of our drivers are on a first name basis with our local DOT office. This score takes into account all of our terminals across the country. Out of our terminal, we have a total of 7 drivers, with a combined total of over 60 years driving experience and several million miles of safe driving. It just goes to show how another terminal can affect your local office.
|Inspection Selection System (ISS-D) Recommendation*
(As of April 27, 2007)
|Carrier Name: ***, INC
US DOT #: 730273 MC #: 334086
|INFORMATION CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE
|ISS Inspection Value:
|Basis for Recommendation:
|* The ISS-D monthly run evaluates carriers’ recent inspections activity. The ISS results are generated along with SafeStat on a monthly basis and are posted on A&I Online.
The Inspection Selection System (ISS-D)
The Inspection Selection System (ISS-D) is a decision-aid for commercial vehicle roadside driver/vehicle safety inspections, which guides safety inspectors in selecting vehicles for inspection.
ISS Inspection Value: The ISS Inspection Value is based on the motor carrier’s safety performance data. In the case when there is sufficient motor carrier safety performance data available, the value is assigned from information derived from SafeStat results, which reviews safety performance in areas of crash history, inspection history, driver history, and safety management experience. When a motor carrier has little information on file, the ISS Inspection Value is based on an ‘Insufficient Data Algorithm’, which determines the inspection value by weighting the carrier size and the number of past inspections. Refer to the Inspection Selection System description, for an explanation of the value’s calculation.
ISS Recommendation: The ISS Inspection Value forms the basis for the ISS recommendation. The recommendation ranges from ‘Inspect’, for motor carriers with poor safety performance in one or more Safety Evaluation Areas (SEAs) and for carriers with little or no safety data, to ‘Pass’ for carriers with good safety performance data. The three recommendations listed are below.
||ISS Inspection Value
|Inspect (inspection warranted)
| Optional (may be worth a look)
|Pass (no inspection required)
|Basis for Recommendation: The Basis for Recommendation describes the method that was used to calculate the ISS Inspection Value. There are two methods for calculating an ISS inspection value:
- The “Safety” method assigns this recommendation based on SafeStat results, which applies to carriers with sufficient safety performance data.
- The “Insufficient Data” method is based on an ‘Insufficient Data Algorithm’, which applies to carriers that have little or no safety performance data available.
Click here to access the Inspection Selection System description, a system designed to prioritize carriers for roadside inspection. This link defines “How ISS-D works”.
I90 West of Easton, Washington
It’s the start of the summer driving season and we have seen too many accidents that have caused numerous injuries and several deaths. During the first day of the Memorial Day holiday in Washington, at least 5 deaths have been contributed to alcohol related accidents. On Friday night, a driver who had his 2 year old son in his pickup, wondered into the westbound lanes of I90 near Snoqualmie Summit while traveling east. I am not sure what the driver of the pickup was thinking, but he was legally drunk and took out two other innocent lives, including his own.
Speed was a contributing factor in a serious three car accident later the next day east of Snoqualmie Summit. Another accident in Spokane killed an infant when he and his mother we waiting at a red light and were hit from behind. Apparently, the driver who caused the accident was a teenager busy talking on her cell phone. Speed was also a factor in this accident.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a rash of truck rollovers on I90 between Snoqualmie Summit and Ellensburg, Washington. At least three were container hauling carriers and speed was obviously a factor. Washington State Patrol has increased it’s presence in the Ellensburg and North Bend area’s of Washington. WSP DOT patrols have also increased in the Seattle area and it is a good idea to make sure your paperwork and logbooks are in order before hitting the Cle Elum scales.
I have mentioned speeding drivers in the Snoqualmie Pass area for several months now. I have been disturbed by the lack of concern that other so called professional drivers have shown towards other drivers and the general public. During this weekend of remembering, please show your fellow driver a little courtesy and be safe out there.