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May 23, 2007

SAFETY * USA - Officials want truckers to be safe for long haul

Anderson is a small part of a larger message that local law enforcement officials are sending directly to big rig drivers: Buckle up or face a traffic ticket

Roanoke,VA,USA -The Roanoke Times, by Annie Johnson -23 May 2007: -- In response to a survey which found that only 52 percent of truckers use their seat belts, law enforcement officials are sending a direct message to big rig drivers: Buckle up or face a traffic ticket... David Anderson scoots slowly up and down Interstate 81, listening to music with no real place to go... He is unlike most truck drivers, who deliver freight across the country on ultra-tight schedules... "Everybody passes me," he said. "I'm like a turtle.".. Anderson drives an ad truck -- a 13-foot-high, 36-foot-long mobile banner that tends to be difficult to maneuver in high winds... He makes about $12 an hour cruising up and down I-81 between Bristol and Wytheville on his most recent of jobs, toting a banner that reads, "Smokey Prowling For Violations Next 50 Miles."...

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