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  • Do professional drivers get a break?

    I spend a lot of time driving the highways and byways of america. My rule is to set my cruise at 8-9 over (generally 78-79 mph) After going by countless state troopers set up in the medians doing this speed and not getting pulled over, I have come to the conclusion, that at least in good weather, that doesn't raise the hackles of the officers.

    What I have noticed though is that even when the traffic on the rural highways is at least 50% semi trucks, I can't recall ever seen one pulled over while I have seen countless passenger vehicles pulled over.

    And, believe me, some of these big trucks aren't only hauling freight...they are just plain hauling ***. Even in the poor midwest winters when I have slowed down to well under the posted limits due to icy, snowy roads, and poor visibility I have semis blowing past me like I was standing still.

    Do these guys get breaks because it is their livlihood? I don't care how good of drivers they are, the laws of physics say that a semi going over the limit is way more dangerous than a Toyota Camry going over the limit. I can only imagine how long it would take something that big and heavy to stop...especially in snowy conditions.

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    No semi drivers do not get breaks. Most state guys that I know won't pull anyone over for anything less than 10 mph, unless they are fishing for something.

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    • #3
      Can't speak for state patrol but 10mph over doesn't even get a second look from me. At speeds that do though, I don't care what kind of truck it is.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tj05 View Post
        No semi drivers do not get breaks. Most state guys that I know won't pull anyone over for anything less than 10 mph, unless they are fishing for something.
        I like to speed a tad, but do not like the inconvenience of getting pulled over. I know when I go through Iowa I can drive 78-79 all day without getting stopped. Back before I used my cruise I did get stopped for 87 in a 70 in Iowa. A real nice young Trooper with only a year on the road. Ended up back in his car BS'ing with him for a good 15 minutes prior to shaking his hand and leaving with a warning. Although I am guessing 17 over would get me a cite from some others.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Long Relief View Post
          I like to speed a tad, but do not like the inconvenience of getting pulled over. I know when I go through Iowa I can drive 78-79 all day without getting stopped. Back before I used my cruise I did get stopped for 87 in a 70 in Iowa. A real nice young Trooper with only a year on the road. Ended up back in his car BS'ing with him for a good 15 minutes prior to shaking his hand and leaving with a warning. Although I am guessing 17 over would get me a cite from some others.
          Today, 17 over would get you a ticket almost every time by most troopers, no matter what you were driving . 9 over PROBABLY you won't get stopped unless you meet certain guidelines and catch the eye of an interdiction team

          Truckers usually are pretty savvy with CB's and Radar detectors deployed. They know where the troopers/deputies are, what they are doing and who they are stopping

          I drive I 80 between Iowa City and Des Moines frequently & have frequently for the last 20 yrs and you are right , I rarely see a truck pulled over

          BUT, in regard to your physics comment----------------I usually see MANY more semi's in the ditch than I do cars. I wonder why.
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          • #6
            They always did from me. A CDL means you're more heavily punished than a standard operator's license holder for the same offense, so a bit more leeway balances that out for me. I was more apt to give a warning and my tolerances were higher before making a stop. However, if they were truly reckless and in a semi, I was not opposed to hammering them based on the danger they represent.
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            • #7
              Based on the circumstances of a given situation, I'd hammer a commercial vehicle just as quickly as I would a passenger vehicle. Now, take another look at the information my colleague posted in Post #6. There's some really great information there.

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              • #8
                The type of vehicle someone is driving or the type of license they hold is irrelevant to me. If they do something I'd normally write a ticket for then I'm writing a ticket.
                "Screw that. We can make bullets faster than they can make terrorists. Kill them all. Every last one." -Interceptor

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                • #9
                  I rarely mess with a big rig.. mostly because I rarely find one going fast enough and also there are not a lot of places to pull one over in my part of the county (rural 2-lane with some rather sharp inclines just off the pavement). I've stopped a number of CDL holders in pickups and other vehicles and tend to cut them just a little more slack after chewing on them a little. To the best of my memory, I've never stopped the same one twice.
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                  • #10
                    No, truckers don't get breaks. Your private car isn't subject to weigh stations and brake inspections.
                    Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

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                    • #11
                      I generally avoid pulling over trucks because it is inconvenient. There aren't lots of places that are safe to stop them.

                      Trucks in Australia are speed limited to 100km/h so they very rarely get pulled over for speeding on highways. There is a specialist unit we have that is dedicated to truck enforcement so I leave it to them.

                      I don't give professional drivers a break. If driving is their livelihood they need to be extra careful with their licence.

                      Also wanting 10mph+ before you write someone is pretty generous guys

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                      • #12
                        If you're putting that much faith in your cruise control, might want to have it checked/calibrated periodically. I can't tell you how many people wanted to argue with me when I pulled them over and they said 'Impossible, I set my cruise control at....' Though when I asked when it had been calibrated/checked they have no answer. Yep, argue, get a ticket. The judge can figure it out. I didn't stop anyone unless they were 15mph over, usually.

                        Yep, I will ticket Trucks--mostly driving on restricted roadways, or restricted lanes. They know what they're doing, just trying to save some time.
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                        • #13
                          [QUOTE=Iowa #1603;3540293]
                          Truckers usually are pretty savvy with CB's and Radar detectors deployed. They know where the troopers/deputies are, what they are doing and who they are stopping

                          QUOTE]

                          I'm not a CVE guy but I thought RADAR detectors were illegal in commercial vehicles at the federal level. I could be wrong.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BrianT View Post
                            I'm not a CVE guy but I thought RADAR detectors were illegal in commercial vehicles at the federal level. I could be wrong.
                            They are

                            But do you think for a minute they are not present?
                            Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

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                            • #15
                              We don't mess with commercial vehicle traffic because they are paying such a large portion of the highway taxes....

                              Just kidding. Many officers don't like doing traffic stops on busy highways where much of the commercial traffic travels, and many don't like to because they are commercial vehicles-large vehicles mostly of which make many officers feel unsafe due to safety reasons. I feel relatively safe stopping passenger vehicles, but I just don't like the positioning of my unit on commercial vehicle stops.
                              I'm not speaking for all, just for many of the officers in my neck of the woods.

                              There are other reasons, but they aren't for public forum.

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