Truckers just try to safely do job

I take offense to the Thursday letter headlined “Intimidating drivers: Semi truckers are the worst.”

I-5 is the only interstate freeway between Canada and Oregon. A great majority of our commerce must go up and down that road. Most truckers would pay tolls and gladly take another fast route around the “short–hop, latte-slurping, cell phone/texting, daydreaming and just plain ignorant yuppies” that seem to think the fast lane is their entitlement.

The interstate is the truck driver’s workplace. They do not go into your place of work, hamper your productivity and clog your hallways.

To tailgate a driver is rude, and illegal. As a professional trucker with over a million safe miles in a big rig, I always leave as much room as possible between my rig and the guy ahead of me. The sad fact is by doing that, jerks take that space as quickly as it was created in order to jockey into the lane they want (stealing my “safe zone”).

Our state should start another freeway to let long-haul traffic go around the mass of humanity that dawdles back and forth to work every soggy day. Duh, how? Well, for a start Highway 512, Highway 167, Highway 18 are already freeways. Make a four-lane along the Highway 203 path from I-90 to Monroe, then build a freeway north from Monroe through Granite Falls and connect with I-5 around Mount Vernon. Instead most money goes to confuse us on I-405, I-5, and I-90.

Jack Houston


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