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From: Mark A.S. Dierker [mailto:dierker@frontiernet.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 11:19 PM
To: Dispatch
Subject: Unsafe Driver

Hello,

I was going to notify the Illinois State Police on this but thought it
better if I just notified you directly first. Tonight, while traveling
from my office to home, I observed one of your drivers making some very
dangerous maneuvers in evening drive traffic. The incident took place
around 7:15 pm on I-55 South in the vicinity of Bollingbrook, IL. The
truck in question had a white cab with the number 2189 on it. The
trailer was a tanker with a flammable liquid placard and the number on
the tank was 19058. License plate number 605619, Indiana.

Your driver was behind a black late model Monte Carlo in the middle
lane, that made a sudden stop, this caused your driver to apply his
brakes quickly and smoked the tires. I know because I was immediately
behind him and almost could not avoid hitting him. Previously he had
been traveling at approximately 60-65 mph. When he again began moving at
highway speeds, he pulled over into the far left lane, passed the Monte
Carlo, pulled back in front of that car and suddenly slammed on his
brakes again. This time he had no traffic immediately in front of him.
When he slammed on his brakes, the back tires locked up and smoked and
the trailer fish tailed a bit. Again this was at highway speeds of
55-60mph. The driver of the Monte Carlo was barely able to avoid a
collision with your truck. He swung out into the far left lane and
passed your truck, then changed lanes back to the middle lane. Your
driver then pulled back into the left lane as if to pass the Monte Carlo
again. However, the driver of the Monte Carlo changed to the far right
lane and took an exit. Your driver resumed travel in the middle lane. I
approached his vehicle and wrote down all the identifying numbers I
could see. He was again travelling at speeds of 60-65 mph in an area
where the speed limit is only 55 mph and often less due to heavy
construction. He only slowed down and pulled to the right lane when an
unmarked state police car approached at a higher speed in the left hand
lane.

This is one of the worst displays of reckless driving and road rage I've
ever seen from a truck and potentially a lethal situation as he was
hauling flammable liquids. I doubt he even stopped to consider what
might have happened if either myself or the Monte Carlo had hit him from
the rear. It would have likely resulted in an explosion and most
certainly, a multi-car pile up with injuries during the latter part of
rush hour on a busy interstate highway.

I'd ask that you please take some disciplinary action toward your driver
and remind him that the Interstate is not a game of chicken where you
work out your petty frustrations with other drivers.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Dierker
Joliet, IL

RESPONSE

Mark, I apologize that you had to be a witness to this and you have my
guarantee that disciplinary action will be taken. I appreciate you taken
the time to get the truck number and write us with this information, so
we can take the appropriate action needed.

Sincere Regards;


Dave Fetty
Operations Manager
R & D Transport Inc.

Comments

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wander
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
They could report it to the Indiana DMV since he has a commercial drivers license and it would become part of his record for the next time he gets pulled over. They could reduce his routes and thus his income or they could fire them. I wrote them back and told them I would still report it to the Illinois State Police if I thought they didn't take appropriate action.

W
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piscesdreams
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
I don't mind the speeding that much since traffic generally travels at least 5-10mph above the speed limit but the road rage behaviour is despicable! Good for you to take action and hopefully bring some sense to this driver... or at least ensure that it had been addressed.
wander
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Even if he realizes that someone else was watching and it makes him a little paranoid and more careful the next time, that would be fine with me.

W
nessachan
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, a nicely worded complaint letter actually worked?!

I'm imprssed with the company already, assuming they do indeed take actions. Dangerous drivers like that are one of the reasons I'm terrified to get behind the wheel.
boomshak
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Road rage makes me crazy.

It is absolutely rediculous.

Good for you for saying something.
green_noise
Jul. 12th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
a commendable email, Mark.

truck drivers should be the one setting the example for good behaviour on the road. thankfully, most of them do. getting the bad truck drivers off the road is good for everyone.
gnominclature
Jul. 12th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
I only wish I had gotten such a response from trucking companies when I emailed them to complain about their stupid drivers.
chimerae
Jul. 12th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
wow. well done!
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