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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Everything that is old is new again.

    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun May 27, 2012 at 09:00:00 AM EST
    Tags: US Interstate System, NHTSA, DOT, CVSA, Michigan Roads, MSP, Motor Carrier Enforcement, Roadcheck, Roadcheck 2012, TSA, VIPR, Fourth Amendment...void where prohibited by law (all tags)

    You are driving back home after a long business trip.

    You're looking forward to returning because you have plans to meet with family and friends, some you whom you haven't seen in a long time, when you get back early in the evening. You've made arrangements to meet everyone at a very popular local restaurant at several weeks ago and don't want to miss your reservation you put a lot of work into getting.

    This trip you've made several times before and are familiar with the route. It is a clear and sunny day. You're not speeding, driving erratically, or doing anything that would, in any way, draw any attention whatsoever to your vehicle.

    While you are still several hours away from your home, you see a sign on the side of the road:

    Checkpoint ahead. All vehicles MUST stop.

    You think to yourself; I must have just recently missed something very serious on the news for them to be stopping everyone.

    After waiting for what seems like hours in a long line of vehicles leading up to the checkpoint, you finally approach an officer. You ask them what happened. They simply respond by saying, "License, registration and proof of insurance, please." You pull it out of your wallet, hand it to them. The officer asks how long you were driving, where you are coming from, where you are going. After this, they take your papers with them and walk away. While this is happening, you notice a number of other officers are walking around your vehicle, looking in your windows at the contents on the back seat, scrutinizing your license plate, VIN plate and examining other areas around your vehicle.

    The officer returns and asks you to exit your vehicle.

    Anxiety begins to set in when you get out and they direct you away from your vehicle.

    When you are walking away, you notice the same officers around your vehicle begin to open the hood, doors and trunk and begin to do a more thorough search for something.

    What it is, you do not know.

    The officer you are with asks you several questions until they see the other officers around your vehicle motioning to come back to your vehicle. You are asked to remain where you are while they walk away. Not very far from where you are standing, you see them begin to converse among themselves, and flipping through clipboards while feverously writing things down.

     You start to ask yourself: Are they looking for me?

    {Continued below}

    The officer you were speaking to returns with your paperwork along with a small stack of citations.

    "Sir, we've observed that one of your rear lights is malfunctioning, one of your wiper blades is not working properly, the Poppy hanging on your rear view mirror is obstructing your vision, your personal items in the rear seat were not properly secured and we had a difficult time making out the information listed on your proof of insurance."

    They continue, "Procedures for handling this citation are clearly printed on the back. You may pay the fine at the address listed, or if you wish to contest this in court, the procedure for doing so is also listed as well."

    You are absolutely dumbfounded and begin fuming.

    "Are you kidding me!?!" you think to yourself.

    "Setting up a roadblock, stopping everyone on the road, and then handing them a stack of tickets for ridiculously pointless offenses? "

    Which is even more galling when recall you were doing absolutely nothing while driving to draw any attention towards you?

    Sounds like something out of a dystopian novel, doesn't it?

    This couldn't happen today. you may say to yourself.

    Mandatory stops for all vehicles.

    Inspections without proper cause.

    We have our protections enumerated in the Fourth Amendment.

    They CAN'T do that!




    Think again.

    Welcome to Roadcheck 2012.

    For the initiated, Operation Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world. Beginning in 1998 and held annually since then, it was coordinated through the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

    For 72-hours, beginning at 10:00am on June 5th this year and running until June 7th, approximately 10,000 agents at around 1,500 locations will be conducting mandatory inspections of trucks and truck drivers in North America.

    Any Professional Driver
    could potentially face everything that I had just described at the beginning of this post during this time.

    Isn't it ironic that a non-profit organization of motor carrier officials, feels grimly determined to be of service to Professional Divers by besieging them under the guise of a "safety and education"?

    For the record, according to the CVSA, the overall driver compliance rate from 2011 was 95.8%.

    In 2010, the rate was 95.6%. This was unchanged from 2009.

    In 2011, Level 1 inspections (Driver, Driver Paperwork, Vehicle and Cargo) found a 96.3% driver passage rate.

    In 2011, and this one should be a important because we need to be on our "A" Game with this, HAZMAT driver passage rate was 97.4%!

    Playing Devil's Advocate; I cannot help but wonder what the result would be if this were expanded to ALL passenger vehicles? What kind of compliance & passage rate they would achieve?

    So to bottom line it, we have an overwhelming majority of Professional Drivers who are being safe and consciousness about their jobs according to the very same people advocating for these stops and searches on the public dime. Yes, most of us do take a little pride in our work because we do have families that we'd like to see at the end of the day.

    There is a quote from Pastor Niemöller that is very apropos:

    "First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me."

    The overall gist of what he is saying should be plainly obvious.

    {On a side note, if you ever get the chance, I recommend reading a bio on Pastor Niemöller. He has a few interesting things to say about political leaders and the "promises" that were made by them.}

    In an era of "Working smarter, not harder" and a governor obsessed with implementing and operating government by metrics, we wouldn't be wasting our hard-earned money on programs in which an overwhelming majority is not the problem?

    Would we?

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    Sounds like (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Tue May 29, 2012 at 08:11:44 AM EST
    a good couple of days for a trucker holiday.

    • Sounds like by Corinthian Scales, 05/29/2012 09:30:24 AM EST (none / 0)
    I am a truck driver... (none / 0) (#3)
    by KevinMcKague on Tue May 29, 2012 at 09:14:18 PM EST
    ...and I agree with the bulk of this editorial. Random checks, like those described here and others done throughout the year, as well as the random drug tests drivers must submit to , are violations of my 4th Amendment rights.

    Having said that though, the Niemöller quote is over the top. Niemöller was referring to people being executed in Nazi Germany, not drivers getting citations for air line leaks in the United States of America, the most free nation in the history of the world. Comparisons like this are insulting to the very real victims of WWII and those living under real persecution around the world.

    If truck drivers were ever able to get together and organize, we could all take a vacation during Roadcheck, we could shut this country down. Every single item bought in a store, and every single raw material sent to a factory, was delivered by truck. Truck drivers make all other jobs possible. It might be time truck drivers do something to remind the country who the real job creators are.

    But like I said, truckers are a diverse bunch and can't agree on lunch, much less organize a movement.

    Heh! (none / 0) (#11)
    by Corinthian Scales on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 12:34:35 AM EST
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