The cost of helping nab a murder suspect

April 14, 2021


Land Line Now, April 14, 2021.

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An owner-operator helped stop a murder suspect during a police chase – but now he’s asking for help because of the price he’s paid.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

The CDC puts the breaks on one vaccine, but others are still available. A new FMCSA administrator has been nominated. And justice is served in the case of a mystery joy ride.

II. Trucker’s part in stopping murder suspect has a cost

Normally, crossing paths with a murder suspect means you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time – but not for one owner-operator in Southern California. We’ll explain why he drove directly into the path of danger – and why he’s now asking for help himself. Also, why you’ll want to think twice before responding to any letters that appear to be from FMCSA.

III. Produce season is here

Vidalia onions are on the way and that signals a booming produce season for reefer haulers.

IV. OOIDA: Not so fast on dumping independent contractor rule

The Department of Labor wants to pull a rule designed to help determine who is and is not an independent contractor. But OOIDA says the rule should stay in place, with a few tweaks.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • To make it easier for truck drivers to find vaccines, the FMCSA has a link to the VaccineFinder website on their home webpage. If you go to that website and type in your ZIP code, it will tell you what locations have the vaccines available in your area.
  • Starting Saturday, Marty Ellis and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Crossroads Truck Meet in California, Mo. That’s at the corner of U.S. 50 and Missouri 87. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • The FMCSA is warning drivers about fake letters and phone calls from companies warning truckers about their biennial updates. If you receive one of these, you can find out how to file a complaint here. You can also call OOIDA’s Business Services department at 816-229-5791 for advice.
  • Get more information about the freight market. And you can find loads at OOIDA Members Edge.
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website or by calling 202-224-3121.
  • If you’ve been hauling COVID-19 vaccines across the country in recent weeks, we want to hear from you for a story we’re working on. Just send an email to and we’ll get back to you.
  • OOIDA has an online resource to provide access to information needed to operate in the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 menu at the top of the page on the Land Line Media website.
  • It’s helpful for our members to keep us apprised of conditions on the roads and any problems they encounter. If you have situations to report call OOIDA at 816-229-5791 or email