One column that generated many responses was the Sept. 16 column on “there ought to be a law.”
I’ll delve into the many reader proposals sometime in the future. But Herb Grisso of Blue Ridge objected to my characterization of truckers on Interstate 81 as “slobs.” He’s been a trucker for 33 years.
That term was aimed at the truck drivers who hog the left lane at 50 mph on upgrades. Grisso and a few others said I didn’t aim well enough. They took it as a broad brush.
He said car drivers who cut off truckers are the real slobs.
“If you have a problem with the trucks on the Interstate take your complaining to VDOT. This road is 25 years outdated,” he wrote. He’s certainly right about that.
Grisso added his own tongue-in-cheek solution: “Take some of the [cars] off I-81 and put them on railcars so trucks have more lanes to use so we can deliver the goods that the stores wanted yesterday.”
I also heard from a retired state police captain who used to work out of the Salem barracks. Donald Staton wrote that we don’t need a law prohibiting truckers from hogging the left lane on upgrades.
It’s already illegal, noted Staton, of Virginia Beach. Here’s what the law says:
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