“The Voice of Western Canadian Truckers.”
In February 1999 the dream of a Western Canadian Trucking Magazine became a reality. Until then the only magazines available in Western Canada were published in Ontario and the advertisers, for the most part, were from the East. Today Western Canadian truckers have their own magazine that is quite unique in that we don’t write technical articles. Instead Pro-Trucker is an entertainment magazine where you can read about other drivers and their life on the road; their problems and how they handle them; issues of the day and the ever present humour that hopefully will put a smile on your face when you are far from home.
The two most common complaints I hear from drivers has to do with driving lights and distracted driving. On page 10 of this issue Sgt. Mark Whitworth tackles the driving light issue. Concerning distracted driving and texting in particular – I was at a stop light the other day sitting in the left lane, just behind a tractor trailer that was in the right lane. When the light turned my lane moved but the rig did not. As I reached the front of the truck the driver hit his air horn. The young girl in front of him, who was obviously texting, almost went through the roof when she heard the horn explode behind her. I smiled to myself as she took off like a scared rabbit but she soon slowed and as I caught up and passed her she had one hand on the wheel and was looking down at her lap – obviously still texting. The truck of course was already slowing down again.
Distracted driving is now killing more people in Canada than impaired driving. In BC alone 81 people were killed by distracted driving in 2012, compared with 55 by impaired driving. It is said that the average text takes approximately six seconds to read. At 80 km per hour, you travel 450 feet or the length of one and a half football fields in six seconds.
In Western Canada fines and demerit points on your license for distracted driving vary from province to province. They are: BC – $167 plus three demerit points; Alberta – $172 with no demerits; Saskatchewan – $280 with 4 demerits; Manitoba – $200 with 2 demerits. BC and Saskatchewan even prohibit drivers who have a graduated driver’s license from using any hands-free devices. It isn’t as if nothing is being done. 51,000 tickets were issued in B.C. alone last year for distracted driving. One driver in Vancouver has had 26 tickets for distracted driving since 2010 and has lost his licence and car. It is quite obvious that until tougher penalties, that are equal to the penalty for impaired driving, are put in place people will continue to text and drive.
Western Canadian 2015 Truck Show’n Shines:
APNA Truck Show, June 13 -14, Tradex, Abbotsford BC 604-596-9287; BC Big Rig Weekend, July 4-5, Chilliwack BC 604-580-2092; Cariboo Big Rig Show and Shine, July 18-19, Quesnel BC 250-991-2754, Chrome for Kids, August 7-9, Mission BC 604-881-6043; Hot Night In the City, August 7-9, Kamloops BC 250-320-8658; Irricana Truck show, August 7-9 Irricana, Alberta 403-935-4357; Alberta Big Rig Weekend, August 15-16, Red Deer AB 1-800-331-8127; Lesco Pro Show n’ Shine, Sept 18-19, Castro Raceways, Nisku, Alberta 452-8180. House of Chrome Show n’ Shine, Red River Ex Grounds, Headingley, Manitoba 204-832-1596 (Date to be confirmed.)
If you are aware of any other shows in Western Canada please call or email us with the information. Good luck to everyone at the shows.