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Troopers Riding in Big Rigs to Nab Drivers: Smart or Sneaky?

Over a two days this week, Oregon State Police and sheriffs (perhaps better known by their CB radio code, "Boy Scouts") hitched a ride with big-rig truckers on the hunt for aggressive drivers who wouldn't suspect a "Smokey" ride along and wouldn't have time to "brush their teeth and comb their hair" (shout out for a radar trap ahead.)

Leaving the "bubble gum machine" (cop car) at home, the troopers were able to nab 38 drivers in just two days. From their shotgun perches, most of the drivers were ticketed for driving over a "double nickel" (55 mph) and never saw it coming.

The ODOT safety manager says "Research shows that most truck vs. car crashes could be avoided if drivers knew how to steer clear of unsafe situations. With this campaign, we hope to increase awareness, encourage safer driving practices and make a positive change in the risky driving behaviors of motorists — all of which will lead to fewer crashes, fatalities, and injuries on Oregon's roadways."

Is planting troopers in a big rig a creative solution — or a little bit like a speed trap taken too far?


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snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I actually usually don't have a problem with truckers doing jerk things while driving, I mean, I'm sure it happens, but usually my problems are with other cars. I am such bad, bad speeder and I need to stop. I am vowing to reform my ways starting Monday, I SWEAR!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
It's sneaky, and you can catch anyone speeding at anytime in a police car because they do it everyday. They need to find better placed to sit on/off the road to get these speeders, and come up with a program to encourage other truckers to report bad drivers. I just have a general problem with officers in cars that don't declare them offices..exactly how are they pulling them over is there a siren in the other big rig? Should officers be allowed to ride on the freeway in any type of car to catch you or I's not right and potentially just as unsafe as speeders. If your not in a police car I'm not stopping!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Mykie7, I think you misunderstood, the cops are riding in a big rig, to catch other big rig drivers that drive unsafely. If they were in a cop car, the first one who spotted it would tell the other drivers where the speed trap was. Since they are in a semi, the other big rig drivers don't know and drive like they normally do when a cop isn't around.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Jill, you are soooooooooooooooo right about that trucking culture. Drivers for our company have that issue regularly, because they have time limits to meet, delivery spreads to adhere to, load times to make happen etc. If they don't, it takes a HUGE chunk out of their pay. So yes, some of them do exactly what you're saying. No it isn't right, and something should be done about it. I just don't think this is the way to go about it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I think its a good idea, we used to have a CB in my dads truck but he made me stop using it when a trucker asked if i wanted a "mustache ride" and i asked him what that was.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Does anyone know anything about trucking culture? I used to live in an area where massive interstates had a cross roads, and the thing is that truck drivers are pushed very hard by the economy and gas prices. They end up going to dangerous extremes (staying up too late, driving with out breaks, watching entertainment systems, taking legal/illegal stimulants), and it isn't healthy for them or other drivers. Not all drivers do this, mind you. But it does happen quite a bit. I think this is a good idea, because hopefully getting cops to work with the truck drivers will decrease this.
CrftyCrt CrftyCrt 8 years
I think its a good idea too. If you're not speeding then you shouldnt have to worry. Anything to make the roads safer for me and my family is okay with me. As far as police vehicles, there are many cops in my area (NC) who drive new chargers, marked and unmarked, as well as new mustangs, camaros and various SUV's. I thought it was like that everywhere.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's sneaky but i think that it's a good thing to do since we've been hearing a lot more about truck vs car and the car always loses. if there's something that can be done to reduce the aggressiveness out there, then i think that it should be done.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Tx, in east texas when I was a teen they had mustangs!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
It's not so sneaky if it is on the internet.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
I should also say that my line of work focuses heavily on Truckers, I have the utmost respect for them on the road, but I can't TELL You how many times I've almost been run over by them.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Mariner, you must be a washingtonian like me. I thought the same thing. LOL However, I see this as a bit "Biased" because the cops are assuming the problem is with the cars. How about the big rigs that cut US off? Or crowd US into other lanes? Or speed? Of course they won't be doing that when the cops are riding with them now will they? And yeah, I've seen that minivan, there's also a big cargo van, a great big black SUV with tinted windows and a mustang. Our police forces are suffering for funds and they've got tinted windows and a MUSTANG??????????
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Funny, every time I drive in Oregon NO ONE goes the speed limit. They must have caught the 5 drivers who dare to venture up to 57 mph. On my side of the border the coppers have been out like crazy...I saw someone pulled over by a minivan, which I think is colosally unfair.
TxRdRaider TxRdRaider 8 years
I put other, it's sneaky, but I don't think it crosses the line. Here in Texas, the state troopers use pick-up trucks and suburbans as they are using everything these days! It definitely catches me off guard.
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