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Old 05-12-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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A big "thank you" to Walmart.

Everytime I go to the Walmart near me ( Minnesota) near I 94 , there are a few semis parked in the corner of their parcking lot and a few campers also.

Thank you, Walmart !
Wal-Mart's "official" policy is "no overnight parking"--even though they're open 24 hours a day.

I don't agree with it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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charles i can tell that you have never been a driver before by your comment.Before you open your mouth and give a very misleading opinion you should have the experience or the correct information.
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:18 AM
 
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The California Highway Patrol was asked "Why do you permit these trucks to park in the emergency shoulder?". They twisted the response to "If they fall asleep that is a road danger so they need to sleep". In other words, they didn't answer the question.
Not all signs mean what they say- crazy as it sounds. For instance, in my state it says "2 hr parking" but the 'law' is just Mon - Fri...but there wasn't room on the signs to put all that.

It's standard in the DOT to allow truckers to use the sides of roads to pull over and rest, sleep- doesn't matter.

And as you pointed out- it's not 24/7.....or even during the busiest hours...but in the evening/late at night/early AM.

Perhaps the CHP should petition DOT to change the signs. Oh, WAIT! The state is out of money....so perhaps the CHP should donate their paychecks to have the signs changed.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Not all signs mean what they say- crazy as it sounds. For instance, in my state it says "2 hr parking" but the 'law' is just Mon - Fri...but there wasn't room on the signs to put all that.

It's standard in the DOT to allow truckers to use the sides of roads to pull over and rest, sleep- doesn't matter.

And as you pointed out- it's not 24/7.....or even during the busiest hours...but in the evening/late at night/early AM.

Perhaps the CHP should petition DOT to change the signs. Oh, WAIT! The state is out of money....so perhaps the CHP should donate their paychecks to have the signs changed.
How would you interpret this sign? Is it only at night? Only during the day? Tuesdays? Only when the Lakers are playing? Only when Venus and Mars are alright tonight?

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Old 05-12-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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charles i can tell that you have never been a driver before by your comment.
You're pretty perceptive. OK Mr. Smarty Pants, what did I have for breakfast last Tuesday?
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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How would you interpret this sign? Is it only at night? Only during the day? Tuesdays? Only when the Lakers are playing? Only when Venus and Mars are alright tonight?
Oh come on, it's clear as day! You can only park there on the second Sunday of the month, but only if it's sunny and never during the winter months. The exception is if the Yankees win the World Series.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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When I drove to AZ from here, I noticed that there weren't any places to pull off the highway from San Diego all the way to Phoenix. Just about every single truck stop was closed and the weigh stations were not in service. Doesn't leave many options!
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It's the lesser of two evils:
I'd rather have an exhausted trucker park on the side of the road where I, as a responsible defensive driver, can reasonably avoid him.
Alternatively, I'm on the road with a drowsy individual piloting 40 tons @ 70 mph, and there's no set of defensive driving skills that can save me.
I agree with both of you.

I noticed that Florida has ample Truck, RV, and car parking for tired travellers and should be commended. The rest of the country is without reasonable rest areas and basically invite tired drivers to either pull over on the side of the freeway or just keep driving.

America relies on truckers for transporting food, supplies, and materials. They should be provided options that benefit everyone.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Northwest Indiana
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In any community near a interstate, semi-trucks become a problem. Where I live (N.W. Indiana just outside Chicago) truck problems are a big deal here due to it being one of the worlds busiest truck routes. Truckers cutting though neighborhoods (to avoid traffic jams and a scale), using jake brakes (makes loud noise), parking overnight where they aren't wanted are just some of the problems.

Due to bad behavior in the past, truckers have very few places they can go in the towns off the interstate here. In my town, there are exactly FOUR roads (even most "busier" roads, no trucks are allowed and all residential streets) they are legally allowed to drive on (two are roads you can drive though on, the others the roads in the industrial park). If you leave those roads you will be pulled over and if you don't have a local delivery you will be ticketed.

Most towns here have banned most overnight truck parking and the use of jake braking. Truck stops fill up fast at night here. So parking on the interstate is going to happen. I hear most truckers hate driving though our area. Planning where to stop does work here either due to unpredictable traffic jams putting people way behind schedule.

And since most truckers aren't voters here(since they don't live here), they will get the short end of the stick when it comes to regulations. So it won't be getting better anytime soon.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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So parking on the interstate is going to happen.
So you mean to write that there are no places the truckers can pull off within a 30 mile (half hour) radius? Sure, it might be tough at your exit or the next one, or all of them five miles down the road. But the trucker who plans can predict within an hour or so where he needs to park - and that gives him a whole lot of legal and easy places to pull over.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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So you mean to write that there are no places the truckers can pull off within a 30 mile (half hour) radius?
Sometimes you don't get any warning that you are getting drowsy. You don't recognize the signs until after you've dozed off for a second. 5 minutes can make the difference between life and death.
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