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Driver named Highway Angel after actions at accident scene showed he’s ‘D’ man

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One of the first issues Doron Davori encountered upon coming to the U.S. was pronunciation of his name. “I guess people had trouble pronouncing my name and just started calling me ‘D,’ so that’s what everyone calls me now, even my wife.” (Courtesy: DORON DORAVI)

Sometimes, being a Highway Angel comes down to one’s mindset. That’s the thinking of Doron “D” Doravi, who was recently selected as a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angel for his actions on May 3, 2019. Hauling a front-end loader southbound on U.S. Highway 81, a few miles south of York Nebraska, Doravi and another CDL driver encountered an overturned truck that blocked the northbound lanes and part of the median. Observing spilled liquid, “D” asked the other driver, whose truck was closer, to get a fire extinguisher. In the meantime, Doravi focused on the driver of the overturned truck, still belted into the driver’s seat with the driver’s door facing the sky. After determining that the driver didn’t have an injury that precluded moving him, Doravi cut the seat belt and helped the driver exit the tractor. By this time, the other driver had returned and the two rescuers helped get the accident victim to the ground. Doravi stayed nearby until paramedics arrived.

“The biggest point is the mindset, the other thing is the training,” Doravi explained. “How to do it quickest.” While many drivers receive training in first aid from carriers and other sources, Doravi might have a little more expertise than the average driver. His experience begins years ago, as a  Sergeant and Team Leader in the Tel Aviv division of the Israeli National Police Tactical Anti-Crime and Terrorist Unit, the equivalent of the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) units familiar in the U.S. “As a member of a SWAT team, we are taught quick assessment of the situation, the ‘what, where, when’ thinking,” Doravi explained. That mindset paid off for the driver Doravi rescued and turned over to responding EMTs.

The training continued after Doravi came to the U.S. “When I moved to Arizona, I became a reserve firefighter. We had training in firefighting and emergency response,” he said. He still carries a large medical pack in his tractor, just in case. “You never know when it might be needed,” he said.

One of the first issues Doravi encountered upon coming to the U.S. was the pronunciation of his name. That’s mostly because the letter “R” is “rolled” in the Hebrew language, similar to the way it’s pronounced in some European languages like French and Spanish. Without an English equivalent, it’s difficult to explain the correct pronunciation of both first and last names to people he meets here in the U.S. “My American friend had trouble pronouncing my name and just started calling me ‘D,’” he said, “so that’s what everyone calls me now, even my wife.”

Doravi didn’t need to rescue a fellow driver to attract the attention of Steve Weidner, operations manager at Diamond Transportation Systems, where Doravi leases his champagne-colored Kenworth W900.

“He’s one of the good ones, that’s for sure,” said Weidner. “Loyal, dedicated, and a good representative of the industry and our company.” Doravi has been with Diamond for about three years.

Weidner spoke of Doravi’s attention to detail and his excellent communication with customers. “He’s the epitome of what you want in an owner-operator,” he continued. “I wish I had 60 more like him.”

Doravi’s journey has been long and interesting, from an Israeli SWAT team to a Phoenix, Arizona based owner operator in the trucking industry. “I want to drive the biggest thing on the road,” he said. “I haul a lot of military vehicles and a lot of farm equipment.” While the loads he hauls aren’t always the biggest, Doravi relishes the responsibility of the type of driving he does. “To me, what we do, hauling permitted loads, having to plan the trip and route, get permits, can sometimes be very challenging,” he explained. “Some of the military vehicles are very impressive looking, not necessarily big or heavy, but interesting.”

While it may be gratifying to haul such interesting freight, “D” says his biggest honor was in pulling The Wall That Heals, the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Mobile Education Center. He’s had the honor twice, once on a leg from Michigan to Cravitz, Wisconsin, where he pulled the display in a parade. More than 10,000 people visited the display in Cravitz. “That’s probably the top of the top. It’s a very emotional experience,” he said.

When he’s not piloting his Kenworth down the highway, Doravi enjoys shooting and motorcycle riding. Harley-Davidson owners may be disappointed to learn that he’s not a fan. “I prefer Japanese quality,” he said, but he’s not picky about the make or model. “Give me two wheels, an engine and a quality machine, that’s what it’s about,” he explained. Off-roading in four-wheeled vehicles is a passion, too, as are the four dogs he and his wife care for. “The dogs are all rescues, loving, small creatures,” he boasted. “They are my boys.”

Whether he’s rescuing dogs or accident victims, “D” Doravi is equipped and ready to step up as needed. “I’m getting old and cranky,” he said, “but I’m in a good place.” Thanks to his training, preparedness and mindset, those he encounters are in a good place, too.

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SBTC’s anti-ELD petition stalls, Lamb uses ‘phone call’ to put blame on OOIDA

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Small Business in Transportation Coalition President James Lamb tells viewers his investigators have uncovered evidence that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is sabotaging his organization’s efforts to get 100,000 signatures on a petition to ask the White House to immediately suspend the ELD mandate. (Courtesy: SMALL BUSINESS IN TRANSPORTATION COALITION)

In an online editorial we posted August 22, we described the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) as positioning itself to be a one-organization wrecking crew targeting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the electronic logging device mandate.

In particular, SBTC and its president, James Lamb, have been on a tear against electronic logging devices.

(This is the same James Lamb who in early 2018 agreed to settle a probe into his business dealings brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which accused Lamb and several of his businesses of cheating owner-operators out of millions of dollars over the course of several years. Lamb denied the charges, but the FTC is in the process of paying out $900,000 to truckers who the FTC says were scammed.) 

After the FMCSA denied its application asking that carriers with under 50 employees be exempted from the ELD mandate, SBTC asked FMCSA to reconsider the denial. 

With no apparent hope that FMCSA would reverse its decision (remember ELDs were ordered by Congress), Lamb and SBTC have moved up the ladder to Congress and now to the White House.

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Currently, SBTC is asking drivers to sign a petition asking Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and President Donald Trump to immediately suspend the ELD rule.

SBTC says it needs to have 100,000 signatures (it’s not likely to happen) before the White House will respond to the request to suspend the rule (that’s not going to happen).

On October 31, Lamb published an e-mail asking the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association to join SBTC in support of the petition.

Lamb apparently never heard from OOIDA, and with his petition drive stalled at around 30,000, Lamb decided to blame OOIDA for the slowdown and appears to have set out to make his point with an elaborate scheme that he is reporting through his e-mail blasts to the media and others, claiming that OOIDA is sabotaging his petition effort.

In a video released at 5:20 p.m. Central time November 11, Lamb said he had some “disturbing” information regarding the ELD suspension petition.

“We have through our private investigators uncovered that OOIDA has been sabotaging our petition. We hired a private investigator to follow up on leads that we have received regarding possible interferences with our petition and boy, did we find out what’s going on here.

“I’m going to play you the tape the investigators sent me (actually the tape of the phone call made only hours or maybe even minutes before) so you can listen to it yourself and boy is it bad news for Todd Spencer (OOIDA president and CEO) and this woman … at OOIDA.”

That “call” was obviously definitely recorded November 11 because the caller mentioned having to work on the holiday, which was Veterans Day. The man said his name was Mike (he also used the name Michael).

It was easy to tell the call was a set up because the man who identified himself as Mike was obviously and purposely speaking into a recording device and recording the other end of the call from a speaker phone.

(An average observer would likely have thought the call was legitimate and that Lamb’s investigators had worked hard to uncover it, but we rather suspect it was a set up and the tape was handed to him shortly after it was made. Or he might even have been in the room when the “call” was made.

A transcript of the tape shows Mike told the woman at OOIDA he wasn’t a member of OOIDA but had heard about the petition campaign and wanted to know if OOIDA was in support of the petition.

He even claimed he’d never heard of James Lamb.

The woman at OOIDA offered to send Mike information about Lamb.

She asked for his e-mail address and after a long hesitation he gave two: mikeferrili@yahoo.com and mikeferilli@yahoo.com.

E-mails sent to those addresses by The Trucker bounced back as undeliverable. (Surprise, surprise).

Based on the transcript, Mike kept trying to coerce the woman into telling him not to sign the petition (the “call” lasted almost 15 minutes), but not once did she do that, only suggesting that petitions were not effective in getting change in Washington.

Contacting members of Congress is the most effective way, she said, citing an instance when OOIDA and its members contacted a Congressman, contacts that led to him reversing his support of speed limiters.

The woman told Mike that some members of OOIDA had signed the petition.

Mike kept on and on, obviously and in the opinion of this writer hoping the woman would tell him not to sign the petition, but the woman said absolutely nothing to discourage drivers from signing the petition.

At one point, the woman reminded Mike that OOIDA had been fighting against ELDs and their predecessors since 1978.

After the tape of the telephone “call” ended on his video, Lamb reiterated that OOIDA had done everything in its power to keep truckers from signing the petition.

“Mr. Spencer it looks like we have a problem. Our legal team (the same one that handed Lamb the tape of the supposed phone call) is going to be reviewing this and you are going to have some explaining to do to a judge,” he said.

We too, have a problem, and it’s with Mr. Lamb trying to lay the blame for his failure directly on someone else.

We call on Mr. Lamb and his organization to get off his anti-ELD horse.

That horse is in the barn, sir, and it’s not coming out.

If you are as powerful as you say you are, turn that power into doing something about the real issues that plague trucking today, matters such as driver pay, the lack of safe parking and driver detention, just to name a few.

OOIDA and many others in the trucking industry are really concerned about those issues.

So should you be.

 

 

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Please grab hold. Please grab hold.

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As things turn colder around America, here is yet another video of a truckers ice encounter.
You know in their mind they were repeating… “please grab hold”!
Location: Somewhere along Lake Shore Drive in Decatur, IL.

Courtesy: WANDTV

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86.5% of trucks inspected during CVSA Brake Safety Week had no OOS issues

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During a roadside inspection, if an inspector identifies critical vehicle inspection item violations, he or she will render the vehicle out of service, which means those violations must be corrected before the vehicle may proceed. (The Trucker file photo)

GREENBELT, Md. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said Tuesday that inspectors conducted 34,320 commercial motor vehicle inspections during CVSA’s Brake Safety Week and placed 4,626 vehicles — or 13.5% — out of service after critical brake-related conditions were identified during roadside inspections.

CVSA noted that a majority — 86.5% — of vehicles inspected during the September 15-21 time period did not have any critical brake-related inspection item violations.

In 2018, CVSA said out of 35,080 inspections, 4,955 trucks — or 14.1% — were placed out of service.

In 2017, CVSA conducted only a Brake Safety Day, which resulted in 14% of trucks inspected being put out of service.

During a roadside inspection, if an inspector identifies critical vehicle inspection item violations, he or she will render the vehicle out of service, which means those violations must be corrected before the vehicle may proceed.

Sixty jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. participated in this year’s Brake Safety Week.

In the U.S., 49 jurisdictions conducted 31,864 roadside inspections and placed 4,344 (13.6%) commercial motor vehicles out of service because of brake-related violations. In Canada, 11 jurisdictions conducted 2,456 roadside inspections and 282 (11.5%) commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service for brake-related violations.

As part of this year’s Brake Safety Week, inspectors also collected and reported data on brake hoses/tubing.

  • 2,567 units had chafed rubber hose violations.
  • 1,347 units had chafed thermoplastic hose violations.
  • 2,704 violations of § 393.45 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Canadian equivalent violations included chafed rubber hoses.
  • There were 1,683 violations of § 393.45 of the FMCSRs and Canadian equivalent violations that included kinked thermoplastic hoses.

“Inspectors conduct more than 4 million roadside inspections every year and checking brake components is just one element of the inspection procedure inspectors perform on commercial motor vehicles every day,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “This inspection and enforcement event reminds drivers and motor carriers of the importance of properly functioning brakes and spotlights the work done by inspectors, motor carriers and drivers every day to keep our roadways safe by ensuring vehicles are in appropriate working condition.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, highway crash fatality data for 2018, there was a 2.4% decline in overall fatalities, the second consecutive year of reduced crash fatalities. However, conversely, for 2018, large-truck related fatalities increased by 0.9%.

“While we applaud the decrease in the overall number of fatalities on our roadways last year, we’re alarmed by the increase in the number of large-truck-related fatalities,” Samis said. “CVSA conducts high-profile, high-visibility enforcement events, such as Brake Safety Week, to reduce the number of fatalities occurring on our roadways. Roadway safety is our number one priority and we will continue our efforts to improve brake safety throughout North America.”

Brake Safety Week is an inspection, enforcement, education and awareness initiative that is part of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

 

 

 

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