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The View from “Below and Above”

Every now and then we hear that old expression, Viewing things from thirty thousand feet. But what does that really mean? Here’s a different perspective: Imagine you’re looking at one square foot of your backyard. You see the grass, some insects, maybe a weed or two. Now, take one square inch below the surface, and magnify that ten times. As you look into the soil beneath, you witness the nematodes, earthworms, nutrients, etc.--life you couldn’t see on the surface. Now reduc...

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Al E. Bavry, CEO, Kimal Lumber & Hardware 4/9/2018 Comments(0)

Legislative Update - March 2018

2018 Florida Legislature - Week Eight Feb. 26 - March 3, 2018 Week Eight at the Capitol Legislators rolled out numerous bills, proposals, and amendments dealing with school safety, gun control, mental health, resource officers and more last week. There were sit ins by anti-gun proponents and hours and hours of tearful testimony from shooting survivors, families of victims, friends, law enforcement and supporters. Decorum was lost in the Senate on February 26 amid shouts, chants, and disregard fo...

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Nancy Stephens, CAE, DPL 3/8/2018 Comments(0)

The Other Two Top Reasons For Getting Pulled Over

We've looked at the three violations dealers are most likely to incur on the road. See the October 23, 2017 WSRM Newsletter . "Most likely to incur" because these are easy visually verifiable violations for state patrol and CMV inspectors: 1 Is the driver using a cell phone? 2 Is the driver using a seat belt? and 3 Are there any problems with the use of the tiedowns? Think about it. For cargo securement, the easiest visual for state patrol to check are the tiedowns. And there are specific r...

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NLBMDA 3/7/2018 Comments(0)

One of the Top Three Reasons You Will be Pulled Over: Talking on Cell Phone While Driving

Two specific sections of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations FMCSRs prohibit CMV drivers from using hand-held phones and texting while driving. The following bullets are derived from FMCSR 392.80, Prohibition against texting , and 392.82, Using a hand-held mobile telephone -- • Don’t text while driving. • Don’t use your hand-held mobile telephone while driving. • Driving includes operating a CMV with the motor running while temporarily stationary because of...

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NLBMDA 3/7/2018 Comments(0)

Trucking Industry Worries New Rule Could Raise Costs

The new, federal electronic logging device ELD mandate took effect this month. Some say it will reduce the number of miles trucks can travel per day, and older drivers say they would rather retire than adopt ELDs. Others say the rule will make shipping goods more expensive and complicated as the number of trucks available to hire will be lower. In November, the average cost to hire a big rig in the spot market soared 24 percent year-over-year, according to online freight marketplace DAT Solution...

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1/23/2018 Comments(0)