“Most collisions around semis are caused by cars,” trooper Tom Nickelson said in the Thursday article, “Deadly loads targeted.” I guess he means because we don’t get out of their way fast enough when they come barreling up our tailpipes doing 10, 15 or 20 miles over the limit.
I live at the confluence of Highway 92 and North Machias Road and I can tell you construction vehicles are blasting past here every day, early morning till late at night. Most of them are not doing the speed limit, loaded or not. I have never seen one stopped by a cop; as you say, they radio ahead. They do not care if it’s raining or what other hazardous conditions there may be, or if you are standing by the side of the road trying to get your mail.
Again, as you say, they get paid for what they deliver and boy, you had better not be in their way because they rule the road and will come up with excuses later.