Truck Driver Arrested in Road Rage Incident!

BigMACK

Well-Known Member
I found this article online today!

A tip from a driver led to the arrest of a truck driver accused in a road rage incident in Volusia County. Troopers got a call Saturday that a semi driver had forced a car off Interstate 4 between DeLand and Daytona Beach.
The caller said the semi drove recklessly to get in front of a car and then slammed on his brakes. The driver got out of the truck and approached the car, but the driver was able to drive off. Troopers caught the truck on Interstate 95 north of Daytona Beach and arrested the driver, Juan Garcia of New York. Florida Highway Patrol wanted to remind drivers that they can call Star-FHP if they witness any type of crime on the road.
In my opinion, if that driver is indeed guilty of road rage, then the federal government should strip him of his CDL for no less than 5 years. I happen to see similiar things when I am on the road. I do not see it often, but when I do I make the call to 911 myself. Unsafe and Wreckless operation of a commercial vehicle is uncalled for in any circumstance.
 

sandmike123

Well-Known Member
I agree with you. Infact I think that any arrest for road rage should have so pretty stiff penalties. Using a vehicle as a potential weapon should fall under the terriorist threat laws and such like that.
 

cassiem0221

Well-Known Member
If they don't pull that driver's CDL then there is something seriously wrong with our system.. I agree with SandMike.. and in addition.. IMHO if you have these kinda issues then you shouldn't be truckin' anyway.
 

ACCER

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I agree with you guys but I see this as an additional sign of our times. More and more people cannot handle what for those of a previos generation was normal stress because of the kind of society we live in today.
 

freightmaster

'Deo vindice
If they don't pull that driver's CDL then there is something seriously wrong with our system.. I agree with SandMike.. and in addition.. IMHO if you have these kinda issues then you shouldn't be truckin' anyway.
There is something seriously wrong with our system??? Naa, there cant be. LMAO
 

BigMACK

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I agree with you guys but I see this as an additional sign of our times. More and more people cannot handle what for those of a previos generation was normal stress because of the kind of society we live in today.
Well, I can honestly say that the stress from the last generation to the new generation is ten fold. The only difference is that older generation drivers have been adjusting with the times, year after year and the new drivers do not have that advantage. It was hard and stressful to be a trucker years ago sure, but even the older drivers will tell you that there are alot more people and problems on the road now due to our census, thus creating an even harder environment for new drivers to begin their careers compared to the last generation.

There is one thing that I do not think is stressed enough in the training process of new drivers, and that's respect and curtousy. Most of the training programs now are focused on Getting the driver in and out on the road, period. All these major trucking companies that have their own training programs are cutting each others throats behind the scenes. So, the more trucks(drivers) they can produce and get rolling, the more freight they can take away from their competition. There are very few companies whom actually care about their drivers, and I believe that the drivers get too much frustration from their company not giving a $I-Iit. I also think that reflects how the drivers operate on their daily duties.

I know that this is not the only problem causing the new generation to act and perform like they do, but it is definately a contribution.
 

freightmaster

'Deo vindice
BigMACK, You have a very good perception of the problem, but lets not forget the mindset of the average Joe out there on the roads.Tempers flair when you have 3.00 per gallon fuel plus 500.00 per month mortgage plus massive layoffs and lets not forget the war and the patriot act. Please be curtious to your fellow American, he has a lot on his mind as do we truckers. peace
 

hurgoll

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I think the generation thing is only a bit true. Older truckers have had LOTS of pressure just different ones. Like no cell phones, or ways to contact your loved ones. No laws about driving times and companies could force you to drive endless hours. No GPS if you were lost. No quail-comm to talk with dispatch if you had load problems. Driver pick up times were in the hours when I started working at wnc 18 years ago. Now we avg 15 mins. per driver. I think it is the mind set of the new drivers before they even get in the truck. They think it will be easy, they are just "Steering Wheel Holders" They are not real drivers to me.
 

ACCER

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We are also seeing the first generation of "entitleds" entering adulthood. They feel entitled to everything and don't want to work. They want it all handed to them and when work enters the equation they get mad.
 

3plus3

Well-Known Member
I think any driver who is convicted of road rage should have their licenses pulled and revoked.
 

underpaid

Active Member
I wonder where he learned to drive. It says he's from New York. If he usually drives in the "city" of New York, thats how they all drive!! 4 wheelers AND truckers!! kill or be killed!! I am usually a VERY patiant driver, but my last trip to Queens but WAY OVER the edge!!!

Either way, I agree CDL should be taken, OR atleast suspended for a first offence.
 
We are also seeing the first generation of "entitleds" entering adulthood. They feel entitled to everything and don't want to work. They want it all handed to them and when work enters the equation they get mad.
Bingo, except I would say its the very early stages of the 2nd Generation of entitleds! I see a huge difference in people just ten years younger then me and I am 45~!

The one thing that drives me nuts is when I am driving my pick-up pulling my horse trailer up a grade and a no one is behind me a Driver will pull in front of me to pass a slower truck and makes me slam on my brakes! They almost always have enough time to let me safely pass without impeding their speed before pulling from behind the slower vehicle! This ALWAYS happens when there is a Driver younger then 40! It has never happened with a more seasoned Driver!
 
The other one is no one is behind me for miles and a Driver makes a right turn into my one lane just ahead of me and I again have to slam on my brakes! This happens at least once a week on my commute home! Why cant they wait 2 seconds and let me pass by first! Every time this happens I pass the driver and drive just below the speed limit to hold them up! It is ALWAYS the younger and/or foreign drivers that do this!
 

Racer X 69

Member
..... when you have 3.00 per gallon fuel plus 500.00 per month mortgage plus massive layoffs......
Who has a $500 a month mortgage these days? My house payment is $3500 a month! And that is after the refinance. I sure envy anyone who has a $500 a month house payment, it has been a few years since mine was that low, like about 30 years.

As for this dipstick that can't keep his cool while at the wheel of an 80,000lb commercial vehicle, I think if he or anyone else is convicted of that kind of reckless behavior their driving privilege should be revoked permanently. Forever. With no chance of ever getting it back. Ever. And for all driving. Even 4 wheelers.

When we are in these trucks we are at work, and we should always exhibit the highest degree of professionalism. Every moment we are in and around our "office".

I have to admit that not a single day goes by that some jackass doesn't do something out on the road that really rubs me the wrong way, but all I can do is mutter under my breath and shine it on.
 

patriciajnsn

Steering Wheel Holder
yep u never get away from those road rage aggressive drivers so with every bad seed on our hwys ,4wheelers and trucks,we the trk drivers get penalized for it and thats just another mark against the industry.Does'nt seem quite fair does it?
 
I second demotion.. Any road rage driver should have their licenses revoked. Road rage drivers by all means should be stripped off..
 

Rigjockey

In Gord we trust!
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Bingo, except I would say its the very early stages of the 2nd Generation of entitleds! I see a huge difference in people just ten years younger then me and I am 45~!

The one thing that drives me nuts is when I am driving my pick-up pulling my horse trailer up a grade and a no one is behind me a Driver will pull in front of me to pass a slower truck and makes me slam on my brakes! They almost always have enough time to let me safely pass without impeding their speed before pulling from behind the slower vehicle! This ALWAYS happens when there is a Driver younger then 40! It has never happened with a more seasoned Driver!
thats odd im under 40 and have more exp than some over 40. not to paint everyone with the same brush
 
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