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2012-08-01 10:09:01 AM
The truckers on the interstate have been known to ride the rails. They're runnin this here town
 
2012-08-01 12:56:50 PM
Meth users are "high risk road users"? As opposed to the other stoners, tweakers, cell phone texters, etc? Wow, they must be *really* bad.
 
2012-08-01 12:58:52 PM
This isn't really news...

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2012-08-01 01:00:29 PM

Grapple: Meth users are "high risk road users"? As opposed to the other stoners, tweakers, cell phone texters, etc? Wow, they must be *really* bad.


How can I be expected to pay attention to the road while I'm busy yelling at my SO, trying to slap my kids in the backseat and texting my bff Jill? It's the other driver's fault for not getting out of my way and the government's fault for not making driving safer.
 
2012-08-01 01:04:40 PM
speed doesnt kill...its teh sudden stops.
 
2012-08-01 01:08:33 PM
I had no idea that I crash once every 9 km on the highway while sober.

/I wouldn't know about when I'm not, would I?
 
2012-08-01 01:08:48 PM
It's the differentiation of speed that kills.
 
2012-08-01 01:12:28 PM
Look at me, down near Sydney. Driving faster than I should be.
Whoah-oh-oh meth, mmmmm meth.
I don't sleep-and that's quite sweet, but i can't quite keep it stratight on the street.
oh meth-oooh meth
Stupid lanes don't keep me in place, get that center line out of my face.
Two more hits, it's quite the waste.
oh meth-oooh meth
 
2012-08-01 01:16:33 PM
We can't stop here! This is bat country!

Truckers are required by law to sleep. They may very well be the only class of people of whom this is true.

A surgeon can work a 58 hour shift--in fact, most of them do when young and only making a few hundred dollars an hour, but truckers have to keep logs of when they are driving, when they are stopped, and when they sleep.

Not being the paper-pusher type, many drivers are not very good at keeping up with the paper work. In fact, drivers don't take speed so they can drive across country for 28 hours straight, peeinig in a giant soda bottle, without stopping except for number twos. They do speed so they can cope with the paperwork.

Knowing this, my father set up a company to do paperwork for truck drivers and farmers too busy, stupid, stoned or lazy to do their own paperwork. Yes, there is gold in them there hills. There is usually money somewhere if paperwork is involved. It is just not in the hands of the people required to do the paperwork.

Trucking is a hard life. The truckers are basically small capitalists if they own their own trucks. Some truckers own several, driving the best one themselves and renting or leasing the others or bringing their children into the family business. Some trucking wives drive truck just to be with their husbands. It cuts back on the bigamy. The truckers own the truck, but the trucking companies make the money. This is the modern form of:

The worker grinds the grain, but the miller makes the money.

The lesson of the Klondike gold rush: Forget about mining for gold. Just get some pack mules or a boat and import "fresh" eggs and sell them for a dollar each.

Hilaire Belloc, the omnigraph, understood this economic truth as well as Adam Smith.

Here's the full poem, but you can skip to the last two lines and moral and get the gist of the thing:

K for the Klondyke, a Country of Gold,
Where the winters are often excessively cold;
Where the lawn every morning is covered with rime,
And skating continues for years at a time.
Do you think that a Climate can conquer the grit
Of the Sons of the West? Not a bit! Not a bit!
When the weather looks nippy, the bold Pioneers
Put on two pairs of Stockings and cover their ears,
And roam through the drear Hyperborean dales
With a vast apparatus of Buckets and Pails;
Or wander through wild Hyperborean glades
With Hoes, Hammers, Pickaxes, Mattocks and Spades.
There are some who give rise to exuberant mirth
By turning up nothing but bushels of earth,
While those who have little cause excellent fun
By attempting to pilfer from those who have none.
At times the reward they will get for their pains
Is to strike very tempting auriferous veins;
Or, a shaft being sunk for some miles in the ground,
Not infrequently nuggets of value are found.
They bring us the gold when their labours are ended,
And we-after thanking them prettily-spend it.

MORAL
Just you work for Humanity, never you mind
If Humanity seems to have left you behind.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176033

If you are going to make a living, make sure you are making it off of somebody else's work. Livings of that kind are much larger than working hard all your life and being frugal and good and wise.

Surgeons are mostly stoned on drugs a lot more expensive than speed. They need all the money they can get.
 
2012-08-01 01:24:38 PM
I normally don't take any speed before I drive, downers seem to be more fun behind the wheel.
 
2012-08-01 01:39:30 PM
Came to say "hates Australia 'and the scum people that populate it'." or


On this very night, ten years ago, along this very stretch of road in a dense fog just like this. I saw the worst accident I ever seen. There was this sound, like a garbage truck dropped off the Empire State Building... And when they pulled the driver's body from the twisted, burning wreck. It looked like this...i1202.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-01 01:41:00 PM
Hell, just listening to Motorhead behind the wheel makes me drive faster.

/speed's completely out the question, no thanx!
 
2012-08-01 01:42:38 PM
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2012-08-01 01:45:00 PM
I was told there would be no meth.
 
2012-08-01 01:52:13 PM
Now this would have been an interesting Institutional Review Board meeting to sit in on.
 
2012-08-01 01:53:11 PM
Del

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2012-08-01 01:57:03 PM
I just took the second of my the daily doses of amphetamine, so I am getting a kick ...... Seriously, have to take morphine and percocet everyday in insane doses for chronic pain. Doctors have me on amphetamine to keep me awake during the day as the narcotics make me so sleepy. Sadly, tolerance to amphetamine builds very quickly, so it isn't working as well as it once did.

/chronic pain sucks
//drugs to combat chronic pain suck even worse
/// why can't I buy a replacement spine, it's 2012 for Christ's sake
 
2012-08-01 02:10:56 PM
Another waste of funds.....I mean Great study fellas! Thank god we now have this valuable information, who would have knew?
 
2012-08-01 02:26:47 PM
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2012-08-01 03:18:08 PM

LesserEvil: This isn't really news...

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Sweet. Too bad most people probably aren't familiar with the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.
 
2012-08-01 03:25:31 PM
and don't forget the bloodstains, fast cars, cheap thrills, rich girls, and fine wine...

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2012-08-01 05:44:48 PM
Truckers are required by law to sleep. They may very well be the only class of people of whom this is true.

A few years ago Minnesota started giving out-of-service orders to truckers if their truck contained a phone, book, or television. Any of these things could be distracting truckers from sleeping. If you had a book (or your driving partner had one), you got a serious black mark on your permanent record. A federal judge told state officials to stop doing that and rescind the out of service orders. (Recent coverage of case)
 
2012-08-01 07:40:08 PM
I wonder if the government will ever fess up to admitting that the meth explosion was a direct result of their banning ephedra, thus forcing interstate truck drivers to switch to something even worse, and the subsequent infrastructure of meth labs to support them growing in every corn-state barn from LA to NY as a tertiary effect?

Nah, who are we kidding?
 
2012-08-01 10:16:21 PM
brantgoose - In fact, drivers don't take speed so they can drive across country for 28 hours straight, peeinig in a giant soda bottle, without stopping except for number twos. They do speed so they can cope with the paperwork.


LOL, yeah right. A menial task like filling out a log would be cake on meth. Get spun enough, and tying your shoes is entertaining. They use meth because they can stay awake and drive without sleeping, they earn way more money this way.


"but truckers have to keep logs of when they are driving, when they are stopped, and when they sleep."


Because nobody can fudge a log, right? Just how naive are you dude?
 
2012-08-02 01:19:19 AM

D_Evans45: brantgoose - In fact, drivers don't take speed so they can drive across country for 28 hours straight, peeinig in a giant soda bottle, without stopping except for number twos. They do speed so they can cope with the paperwork.


LOL, yeah right. A menial task like filling out a log would be cake on meth. Get spun enough, and tying your shoes is entertaining. They use meth because they can stay awake and drive without sleeping, they earn way more money this way.


"but truckers have to keep logs of when they are driving, when they are stopped, and when they sleep."


Because nobody can fudge a log, right? Just how naive are you dude?


Well, they can only travel so many miles, and when you have a destination that is, say, 900 miles, there is a set minimum amount of time it will take the trucker to get there.

Of course, this gets even more complicated, as I worked on (around 1995) an electronic logging system for Rockwell that was used in trucks that operated off the vehicle's systems. Pretty hard to fudge that. The DoT has pretty specific regulations regarding logging, and had long ago figured out how to prevent "fudging" - and they have a big interest in this, whether it's to make sure drivers are well rested and driving alert, or tracking mileage within individual states for tax purposes.

In 1995, we were just starting to integrate GPS into truck systems (Amazing some of the issues... like highways/roads that run along state borders), by now, I expect full integration for most fleets and most independents. Again, hard to fudge that,
 
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