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32 • February 15-28, 2018 Equipment THETRUCKER.COM Highway traction and front wheel application Scan Trac is the lightest chain on the market and the most cost effective choice for highway truckers. b Peterbilt from page 31 b b Talbert from page 31 b b Wheel from page 31 b do their jobs efficiently. That’s what this app is all about,” Petroni said. The Fontaine Fifth Wheel mobile app is available at the App store for Apple IOS ership, integration of technology and classleading uptime, all supported by a strong and extensive dealer network,” Quinn said. In celebration of the momentous millionth truck, Peterbilt recently conducted a search for its ultimate SuperFan within the United States and Canada. From the 1,200 entries submitted, Peterbilt will choose the SuperFan to be gifted the Model 567 Heritage during a ceremony at the upcoming Mid-America Trucking Show as a way to thank its loyal enthusiasts, customers, drivers and dealers for their roles in Peterbilt’s success. “One million trucks is a fantastic milestone and is a testament to the hard working Peterbilt employees from 1939 to now,” said Leon Handt, assistant general manager of operations. “We wouldn’t have been able to grow our brand without them.” Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel-efficient solutions, and is recognized as the “Class” of the industry. Quinn said Peterbilt provided a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. For more information about Peterbilt, visit peterbilt.com. 8 The trailer offers a 60-ton capacity rating with its 13-foot 6-inch two-point rigid load base as a 2+2 or 3+1 configuration. Owners also can configure the trailer with four closecoupled axles with no gooseneck extension, which provides a 65-ton capacity with the trailer’s 13-foot 6-inch two-point rigid load base. This versatility saves fuel and alleviates costs associated with additional permitting for maximum return on investment. Geisler said the 60/65SA features an optional 70-inch, flip-up gooseneck extension to achieve a 190-inch swing radius while its removable kingpin stations allow for 120- inch and 108-inch swing radiuses. Customers also can choose Talbert’s optional hydraulic linkage, eliminating the need for manually flipping the gooseneck extension. The trailer comes standard with a 30-foot by 8-foot, 6-inch-wide deck, providing ample space for a variety of loads. Talbert also offers optional deck lengths, deck types, and widths. The 60/65SA’s deck features a 22-inch deck height, one of the lowest in the industry. This offers easy loading and unloading of a variety of equipment. The trailer is equipped with Talbert’s optional East Coast-style E2NitroTM spreader. The E2Nitro uses a combination of hydraulic fluid and nitrogen to equalize axle pressures, providing proportionate weight distribution of each axle grouping. This optimizes the range of suspension movement, Geisler, said, which minimizes stress and provides a smooth ride. In addition, the E2Nitro features a bearing pivot and pivot lockout for backing the trailer. Users also can hydraulically lock in axle loads regardless of terrain. The E2Nitro is standard with a twospeed dual landing gear for optimal stability when disconnected from the trailer. Like all its trailers, Talbert manufactures the 60/65SA with heavy-duty T-1, 100,000- psi minimum yield steel for extreme durability and longevity. Talbert trailers are standard with Valspar R-Cure 800 paint to prevent corrosion, offering you a long-lasting finish and better About Talbert Manufacturing Talbert has been building heavy-haul and specialized trailers to rigorous customer specifications since 1938. The company offers complete lines of heavy-haul trailers and specialized transportation equipment for the commercial, industrial, military and government sectors. Its trailers and equipment are used in applications as diverse as renewable energy, aerospace, heavy construction, inplant material handling, manufacturing and processing systems and much more. 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Features February 15-28, 2018 • 33 Weightlifter, patriot and Road Team member Garcia loves sharing industry Aprille Hanson SPECIAL TO THE TRUCKER It’s not enough for Ralph Garcia to drive a truck. He is driven to give back in every aspect of his life. He teaches the public the importance of trucking, honors the sacrifices of the U.S. military, brings Christ to people in his hometown and teaches children the proper way to lift weights. And — he can deadlift almost 600 pounds. Garcia, 59, drives for ABF Freight System, based out of North Little Rock, Arkansas. In August, he’ll have been with the company 26 years. For the past seven years, he’s hauled general LTL freight to Kingman, Arizona, where a fellow trucker takes it to the next destination. His truck is different each time, but generally they are between a 2015 to 2018 Freightliner or Mack. Throughout his 41-year career in the trucking industry, he has driven the Lower 48. He has been married to his wife Anita for 38 years and they have three children and five grandchildren. Trucking was never something he’d even thought about pursuing while growing up in New Mexico. “I didn’t grow up in it,” he said. His father was a computer operator for a military base in Albuquerque and his mother did secretarial work while they raised three sons. Garcia started going to college and working for a meat company, cleaning it at nights. In the summer, he would drive for them. Here are some scary statistics for you: • An estimated 30 million people around the globe live in slavery, more than at any other time in history. • Two million children are exploited in the global commercial sex trade. • Three out of four victims are female and 50 percent are children. • The average age of a victim in the U.S. is 12 to 14 years old; in Asia it’s between 7 and 9 years old. • Once rescued, if a victim has no place to go, they will most likely end up in the hands of their trafficker. That’s ridiculous, you say. Why would anyone in their right mind go back to their trafficker or slave master? It’s like Stockholm Syndrome, the mental “I think my mom wanted me to finish school; my dad, too. But they were just happy I was working, they just didn’t want me to work so hard. I told them I couldn’t be in an office like anybody else, cooped up in a building,” he said. As a driver, Garcia has amassed 3.5 million accident-free miles. “I think the most important thing is of course being safe and getting the load to its destination; being accident-free is a big thing. I really care about my driving record and my appearance as a driver. A lot of times we get a bad rep and I make sure I’m an example out here,” Garcia said. Being an example extends far beyond the driver’s seat for Garcia. He’s earned 16 National Truck Driving Championship awards, also receiving the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award from the competition. He’s also received numerous accolades, including being named a White House Champion of Change in 2011. “The reason I do more is I like to share my story. I love being around people. … I love helping people understand why we do it,” Garcia said. “… I see so many things, I meet so many people and there’s so much freedom. But the main thing is I like to help people understand our industry. I’ve always been that way.” Several days each month, Garcia speaks at schools, communities and to the media, sharing his knowledge of the trucking industry as part of America’s Road Team for the past 13 and emotional condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. Yes, trafficking victims are usually beaten, given drugs and they and their family members are threatened with violence and death. But the mental and emotional violence causes trafficked victims’ self worth to deteriorate, as we discussed in our last column. Do you know how to spot trafficked victims at the truck stops or rest areas you frequent? • A trafficked person has a lack of knowledge about where they are because they’re being driven from place to place to sexually service men, depending on where traffickers can make the most money. They may be taken to a hotel, massage parlor or truck stop — even a house in the suburbs. • They don’t have their own ID documents such as a driver’s license, passport or other identification. • They’re not free to come and go as they please. One question frequently asked suspected trafficking victims is if they’re being held against their will. Courtesy: AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS Ralph Garcia, left, poses with Vice President Mike Pence last summer when members of America’s Road Team were invited to the White House by President Donald Trump. years. An elite group chosen by the American Trucking Associations, the team represents the 3.1 million hardworking professional drivers and works to educate the public about the importance of trucking. “I try to touch on some of the stereotypes of the truck drivers and the big thing is to help them realize how much the industry means to our country. If you don’t have truckers you don’t have a house, car, gas,” he said. “We’re all out here trying to do a good job and trying to stay safe at the same time.” It’s given him unique opportunities: In March, he along with other Road Team members and ATA CEOs met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. Garcia said he tries to focus on car safety, explaining that people should not be afraid of trucks, that “a truck is very safe if you follow the rules” and that they should also understand things like trucks’ blind spots and longer stopping distance. “I kind of make it fun. At the schools at Albuquerque, we always bring a truck so they can sit in it,” he said, adding he also brings “I love truck” pins or other items he has picked up at trucking shows to throw to the kids who answer questions correctly. “They have a re- See Garcia on p34 m Trafficking hotline now has 24/7 texting, online chat both in English, Spanish Dorothy Cox dlcox@thetrucker.com Around the Bend • Are they allowed to speak freely or is their communication restricted? • Are they fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or nervous? Also ask if they’re being paid, if they’re being watched or followed, if they’re being sexually and/or physically abused and if their family members are being threatened. In the U.S. call 1-888-3737-888 to report a suspected case; in Canada call 1-800-222- TIPS. Now for the first time, Polaris, which runs the trafficking hotline, has added SMS (more reliable) 24/7 texting and online chat services both in English and Spanish. Previously, trafficking survivors and people reporting tips could call, e-mail or use a web form to access the hotline, Polaris stated in a recent news release. Around-the-clock texting and chat capabilities “provide additional discreet avenues for survivors to get connected to the national hotline’s extensive network of support throughout the United States” and “reach out to us through the mode they’re most comfortable with.” Polaris pointed out that these modes are especially crucial given that young people being trafficked are more accustomed to texting and chatting than speaking over the phone. Plus, “these technologies also offer a safer way for victims and survivors to get connected with trained hotline advocates, especially in situations when their traffickers are nearby.” The national hotline is operated by Polaris and funded through a grant from the Office of Trafficking in Persons, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Human Services. In 2013, Polaris had an independent SMS service called the BeFree Textline; it had similar capabilities but was only available eight hours a day based on available funding. The online chatting is a completely new service and are available from humantraffickinghotline.org. The new offerings have already been testing and are available now. Don’t try to rescue a trafficked victim yourself; traffickers are violent criminals. Call the hotline. As always, God bless and be safe out there. 8