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here are reports aplenty that cross our desk every

day, some good, some bad, some just plain stupid.

The most recent, and this is one of the good

ones, finds that American motorists “strongly support”

a broad array of safety measures, from reducing local

street speed limits and building more roundabout

intersections to stricter seatbelt enforcement efforts.

The report was based on a survey of 2,000 U.S.

motorists conducted by NORC at the University of

Chicago for the Road to Zero Coalition.

The Road to Zero Coalition is managed by the

National Safety Council and has issued a roadmap to

end roadway deaths in the U.S. by 2050.

There are almost 900 members of the coalition, the

first time so many organizations have collaborated to

put forth a plan to address motor vehicle fatalities,

which recently increased after years of decline.

• Increasing the use of sobriety checkpoints to

discourage impaired driving (65%). We most often hear

of sobriety checkpoints during the Christmas-New

Year time frame, but here in Little Rock, the bars are

full every weekend.

• Deployment of more speed and red-light cameras to

discourage reckless driving (60%). Our office window

overlooks a stoplight at the intersection of the Interstate

630 exit and University Avenue, one of the city’s busiest

thoroughfares. Most of the time, when the light turns

red for University Avenue traffic, two or three cars go

through the red light.

• Reducing local speed limits by 5 miles per hour

(69%). The odds of lower speed limits slowing down

traffic are about as good as winning the lottery.

• Alcohol ignition locks for people who have been

convicted of driving while intoxicated (83 %). Good

idea, given the lack of sobriety checkpoints.

(As a footnote, the NORC was established in 1941 as

the National Opinion Research Center, hence the name


The NORC report, titled “Underutilized Strategies in

Traffic Safety: Results of a Nationally Representative

Survey,” found support for a variety of motor vehicle

safety initiatives.

They are listed below with the percentage of survey

respondents who named the initiative, along with some

personal comments from yours truly:

• Saliva screening to prevent drugged driving (74%).

• Stricter seat belt law enforcement (82%). We think

drivers are pretty good about buckling up. We seldom

see anyone not wearing a seatbelt.

• Requiring cars to have seat belt reminder chimes

(70%). Most do, and they are quick to chime when

someone tries to drive unbuckled.

• Passing mandatory motorcycle helmet laws (86%).

Cyclists riding without a helmet have much, much


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etter odds of being severely injured

or killed than they have of winning the


• Replacing dangerous intersections

with roundabouts (73%). We despise

roundabouts, especially installed at an

intersection where a stop sign would

work just as well. Here in Little Rock, city

fathers use roundabouts to display some

of the most horrid metal artwork we’ve

ever seen.

• Installing rumble strips on more roads

(90%). A nuisance, especially like the ones

in Little Rock that have been installed 10

feet from a stop sign.

The only question on which those motorists

polled were totally divided was lowering the blood

alcohol limit to .05 in their state.

Yet 56 percent of the drivers participating in the

survey said they would support such a lower limit

if the penalty involved fines and the suspension of

one’s license rather than criminal charges.

We think legislators should listen to doctors for

advice about how low to set the limit.

We say, the lower the better, especially since there

are so few sobriety check points.

The survey also found that drivers were taking

advantage of ridesharing services to avoid drinking

and driving as 60 percent of those who said they’d

used a ride sharing service in the past year said they

had done so at least once to avoid drinking and


“The results of this poll are clear: Safe roads are

a priority for Americans, and they support ideas

that encourage everyone to slow down and avoid

impaired driving. Given the research available, this

makes perfect sense,” said James Fell, a principal

research scientist at NORC at the University of

Chicago, in a statement. “Drivers are also now taking

the extra step to do something about making our

roads safer as evidenced by their use of ridesharing

apps to get home safely.”

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FedEx driver Rachel Bothwell spends time off

hauling rodeo bulls; loves her career

Dorothy Cox

Growing up on a farm in west central Minnesota,

Rachel Bothwell was familiar with driving trucks,

and after graduating high school in 2001, this

Women In Trucking’s (WIT) March Member of the Month

got a job baling hay and trucking it to horse barns in the

Twin Cities area.

“I loved being out of doors,” the 36-year-old said.

“Trucking came to me very naturally and I loved not

having a boss looking over my shoulder, so it was


Then a good friend of hers heard that there were lots of

jobs in Gillette, Wyoming, because of the oil boom and

they decided to check it out.

“I had no attachments to Minnesota so away we went,”

she said. And while her friend got a job in construction,

Bothwell got a job hauling explosives.

It was in Wyoming that Bothwell met her husband

Thad, a professional bull rider who now has his own

construction company. When they met, he had just

retired from 20 years in bull riding.

She moved with Thad to his home town of Rapid City,

South Dakota, and eight years ago came across a job

with FedEx Freight that would get her home every night

and every weekend.

She goes to work quite early in the morning and

completes her paperwork before delivering freight

in and around Rapid City. “I drive around, deliver the

freight and do the rehooks,” she said. It’s a city job

where everything is in a 15-mile radius and she often

sees the same customers over and over, which she


“It’s a rural community. I’m definitely on a personal basis

as well as a business basis” with customers, she said.

“You get to know people … see their kids in the same

sporting events; it gives you something to talk about and

relate to outside of work.”

Neither of her parents were surprised that she went into

trucking. In fact, Bothwell said, her mom drove OTR in

the late seventies and early eighties and her dad, being

a farmer, was also pleased at her career choice.

“They’re both proud of where my CDL has taken me,”

she said, “proud of what I’ve accomplished.”

Her husband, on the other hand, was initially a little

surprised that she was a truck driver.

Now he’s glad, though, because he’s a “stock contractor”

and supplies bulls for professional rodeo events in the


That means he’s glad to turn over the livestock truck

keys to Rachel. They haul the big animals to Nebraska,

Wyoming, Colorado and points in between up to 12

hours away from Rapid City. Once they’ve reached

their destination, they unload the bulls, sort them and

load them into the chutes. It’s her job to put the “flank

strap” on them, which is what makes them buck. If the

rodeo is far from home, they stay the night and bed

the bulls down in a pen. If they’re closer to home, they

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“I’ve always had a love of rodeo and horses but this was

a whole new level for me,” she told WIT. “Our rodeo

company has taken several years to build and has really

taken off. We have one of the largest benefit bull ridings

in the state of South Dakota with over 2,000 spectators

who come to our place each year. We are able to

give away nearly $10,000 in scholarship money each

year. The community support of this event has been

absolutely amazing.”

Thad is “quite a bit older” and has two grown children,

also both in rodeo. “We have a fun life,” Bothwell said.

Part of that is the fact that Bothwell loves her job with

FedEx and is part of the FedEx Freight Road team and

the first woman in South Dakota to be named a road

team captain for the state. “They’re a great company to

work for; they’ve been very good to me,” she said.

In fact, it was FedEx that introduced Bothwell to the

Women In Trucking organization.

“I was honored and shocked to find out I was Member

of the Month,” she said.

She attended WIT’s Accelerate conference in Dallas late

last year and was at their “Salute to Women Behind the

Wheel” at the Mid-America Trucking Show last month

in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I highly encourage other women to pursue truck driving

as a career,” she said. “I’ve done several different kinds

of driving and FedEx is the best decision I’ve made. I’m

home in the evenings and on the weekends I’m with my

family. It’s a fantastic job and I encourage them to do it;

you can do it.”

And that’s no bull.



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Nikola CEO Trevor Milton gave thousands of attendees

at a Nikola World event here April 15 the

first peek into a global zero-emission future.

As is often the case at a Nikola event, there was

glitz and glamour.

Milton arrived on stage with the famous Budweiser

Clydesdales, representing the company’s

iconic client, Anheuser-Busch, that has ordered 800

Class 8 zero-emission trucks from Nikola as part of

its sustainability strategy.

“We want to transform everything about the

transportation industry,” Milton said. “With Nikola’s

vision, the world will be cleaner, safer and healthier.”

The first product unveiled was the autonomouscapable

Nikola Reckless, the military all-terrain vehicle

that was driven on stage via remote control.

“With virtually no sound and no heat signature, the

Reckless provides new meaning to stealth and is defying

all standards,” said Andrew Christian, Nikola Powersports

vice president of business development and defense.

“We believe all military vehicles will transform to

battery electric and hydrogen fuel cells in the future.”

As part of the evening, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

discussed Nikola’s contribution to Arizona’s growing

economy, adding 2,000 new jobs at its Phoenix headquarters,

planned manufacturing plant and hydrogen

and fuel cell research and development center.

Milton and Nikola Powersports President Michael

Erickson highlighted how Nikola is transforming zero-emission

recreational vehicles on land and water.

“The technology and platforms we are developing

are mutually beneficial helping us leverage speed

to market and scale,” Erickson said. “With our powersports

products, you have an experience that is

safer with precise control and a near silent ride that

heightens your senses.”

Milton and Erickson then introduced the redesigned

NZT. Attendees at the event will be able

to ride in the NZT Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) on a

closed course track at WestWorld on Day Two of

Nikola World on April 17.

Then, for the first time, Nikola World attendees

saw the Nikola Water Adventure Vehicle (WAV)

concept which has been teased for some time and

is now a reality. Jordan Darling, vice president of

Nikola Powersports and an industry pioneer in the

electrification of personal watercraft, said “We at

Nikola are creating the world’s first “wakeboard”

architecture, which enables us to push the limits in

design and propulsion.”

“Nikola is bringing zero-emission sustainability

and technology to the water,” Milton said. “With

WAV, you can feel the rush of power and acceleration

in your chest, with the sound of the water and

breeze in your ears. It’s zero impact and pure fun,”

Darling added.

Nikola’s Executive Vice President of Hydrogen Jesse

Schneider discussed Nikola’s hydrogen fuel cell vision,

which vision consists of the world’s first purpose-built

fuel cell Class 8 truck, enabling more hydrogen storage,

optimized placement of the powertrain, and a

robust 70MPa hydrogen fueling network.


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Courtesy: NIKOLA

Nikola Motor CEO and Founder Trevor Milton reveals the Nikola Two, a hydrogen-electric class 8 zeroemission

commercial truck, at Nikola World 2019.

“We recently opened our first hydrogen station at

our Phoenix headquarters,” he said. “We are leading

the way and working with industry and other OEMs to

develop hydrogen standards to enable fueling in less

than 15 minutes. The goal is safety and interoperability,

so that anyone can fuel at our station. This is a big deal.”

At the conclusion of the night, Milton reflected

on the small, but mighty, team that started Nikola

five years ago in his basement with an idea.

“We now have five products in development that

will change transportation for the better,” he said.

He then unveiled “the most advanced commercial

truck the world has ever seen, the Nikola Two.”

The Nikola Two will be driven on the demonstration

track on the second day of Nikola World.

There are currently more than 13,000 Nikola

trucks on order. The Nikola trucks feature up to

1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft-lbs of torque. Nikola

recently announced a battery-electric vehicle option

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