Suicide – The taking of ones life by their own hand.  The people who are left behind are wondering why.  What was so devastating that it would cause them to take such drastic measures?  Family and friends are left with broken hearts and dreams.  How do they live the rest of their lives without you?

You hear how someone somewhere else who has decided that life is not worth living and give up but you don’t expect to hear it when it comes to your family.  Statistics say that more men commit suicide than women, but it does not matter when it’s someone close to you. Our hearts are heavy today and our minds confused as to why. Family gather and reminisce about the things you did growing up and have a momentary laugh. Someone let their emotions get to them and several people break down. You will be truly missed especially at family functions, which you always attend. Your wife and family will miss you dearly and will have to find the strength to carry on without you!

We love you and would have done all we could to help you if you had only asked!


FMCSA proposes plan to establish driver screening

| June 28, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a nine-year plan for identifying the riskiest drivers and addressing unsafe driver behavior.

The current transportation appropriations act requires FMCSA to report to Congress on the Driver Fitness component of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

The agency’s report this month included possible steps to implement a driver Safety Fitness Determination. It would require completing other priorities and having dedicated resources, officials wrote.

During the first year, FMCSA would conduct a driver SFD feasibility study, including a severity weighting system for violations.

The next year, it would develop driver safety measurement methodology,  processes for identifying the riskiest drivers and possible interventions. Also that year, it would estimate the number of drivers who would be rated unfit and the potential safety benefits of the change.

During years three through five, FMCSA would test and refine the new Driver SFD methodology and related processes.

FMCSA would complete a notice-and-comment rulemaking to establish the Driver SFD methodology, enforcement and due process in the sixth year. It also would issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Agency officials would evaluate NPRM comments before issuing a Final Rule and final regulatory impact analyses during the seventh year. The FR compliance date would likely be no more than two years after publication of the rule.

In the eighth year, FMCSA would train governmental officials regarding the Driver SFD program and provide educational materials to the public. During the ninth year, the agency would fully implement the program.

Fuel taxes to change in several states July 1

| June 25, 2013


Several states will see changes to the price of fuel at the pump as new taxes take effect July 1.

Here’s a list where changes will occur:

  • Nebraska: Motor fuels tax will increase 1.7 cents per gallon to 26.3 cents per gallon
  • North Carolina: Motor fuels tax is going up from 37.5 cents per gallon to 37.6 cents per gallon.
  • Kentucky: Fuel tax will go up 2.4 cents per gallon, raising the state tax to 32.3 cents per gallon.
  • Wyoming: The first fuel tax increase in 15 years will increase the tax to 10 cents per gallon.
  • Maryland: The first of three increases to take effect, the July 1 increase will push the state’s fuel tax to 27.5 cents per gallon
  • Virginia: The only state in which gas prices could fall, when the state’s 17.5 cents per gallon fuel tax will be replaced with a smaller tax on the wholesale price of gas, causing a drop of about six cents in the pump price.



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DOT Proposes Four Cities to Receive New Rights

DOT Proposes Four Cities to Receive New Rights for U.S.-Brazil Air ServiceThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today proposed new or expanded U.S. carrier rights from four U.S. cities–Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, and Charlotte–to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The proposed awards would go to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and US Airways.

“New air services to Brazil will provide important benefits for thousands of Americans and for tourists coming to the U.S.,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We look forward to additional opportunities for U.S.-Brazil air service when full Open Skies takes effect in two years.” If today’s proposal is made final, American Airlines would inaugurate the only daily nonstop service by a U.S. airline between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, while Delta would add a second daily flight from Atlanta.

In addition, the tentative decision would enable Delta Air Lines to continue its daily service from Detroit and US Airways to continue to operate a daily flight from Charlotte, N.C. The additional flights are the result of a U.S.-Brazil agreement reached in March 2011. The agreement provided for a phase-in of new air service opportunities until October 2015, after which all restrictions on air routes, destinations and fares between the two countries will be lifted. In its proposed decision, the Department said that American Airlines’ planned Los Angeles service would provide the only nonstop flights by a U.S. carrier to Sao Paulo from the west coast, while a second daily flight by Delta from its Atlanta hub would give connecting passengers from more than 150 cities an additional option for travel to Brazil.

DOT’s proposed decision also would enable Delta and US Airways to continue Sao Paulo service that they might otherwise have to give up due to arrangements with other airlines. Continuing Delta’s Detroit service and US Airways’ Charlotte flights would maintain valuable connections to Brazil from two important hub airports, the Department tentatively found. Comments on the proposed decision are due in 10 days, and answers to comments seven days afterward. After the comment period, the Department will prepare a final decision. The proposed decision, airline proposals and public comments may be found at http://www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2013-0072.

EOBR rule in the works, expected in November 

June 19, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has sent a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the Department of Transportation’s Secretary’s office for review, and the agency expects to publish a proposed rule to mandate the use of electronic onboard recorders Nov. 18. The mandate would also include other requirements for supporting documents for the hours of service rule changes that go into effect July 1. The White House Office of Management and Budget must clear the notice for the proposed rule before the agency can publish it for comment in the Federal Register. The last EOBR rule, which was made final in 2010, was struck down in 2011 after a federal court said the agency hadn’t done enough in the rule to ensure drivers would not be harassed or coerced by fleets or and enforcement by using recorders. The notice — which was sent June 7 — acts as a supplement to FMCSA’s 2011 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and seeks to address the issues raised about harassment. FMCSA plans to study driver harassment before issuing the rule by interviewing carriers about the issue. The results of another study — which seeks to determine whether recorders reduce the risk of fatigue-related crashes among trucks — are expected later this year, too. That study also examines hours of service compliance, what portion of the industry uses the devices, associated costs and other benefits of use. Congress stipulated the FMCSA issue an EOBR rule when it passed the two-year highway reauthorization act last July. The act also required the rule to set performance standards, define “tamper resistant” in regard to EOBR and include safeguards to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the data.