It only stands to reason that the more time spent on the road, the more stuff you’re going to see. Throughout the course of a week or month, I tend to see a fair amount of stuff. You have maybe heard of the television program Animals Behaving Badly. Mostly what I tend to see are 4-wheelers behaving badly. Sadly though, I saw a big truck behaving badly this last week as I was eastbound on I-76 near Fort Morgan, CO.
Truck drivers for the most part look out for each other. What I saw scared the crap out of me. I watched a company truck veer off the interstate onto the right hand shoulder and into the right of way. I saw a cloud of dust and the truck came back onto the pavement. I had planned to pass the truck until I witnessed this. I brought it down a little and followed. The name on the company was identified on the rear doors of the trailer. I won’t identify the company here, but I will say it shares the name of the county where I grew up in Nebraska. That narrows it to 93.
I tried to catch the driver on the radio. As I mentioned, it was a company truck and the majority of them tend to not have a radio on channel 19. My hope was the driver had just done something stupid and had recovered. That was not the case. The truck was veering from the zipper to the ditch. I made a decision to call 911.
Several thoughts came to my mind. I was concerned for the other people on the road. I was concerned for the driver, but mostly I was disappointed in the driver. Like I said, drivers tend to look out for each other. I will advocate for professional drivers day and night. This particular driver was not being professional. He was making us all look bad. Each of us battles with fatigue or distraction at some point. If I am that sleepy, I will take myself out of service and catch a nap. If I don’t, I expect someone to take the same action I did.
I rushed to call 911 because we were approaching a prepass. I thought if the driver rolled over the scale, he/she could be stopped there. No such luck. The truck bypassed the scale and kept on rolling. Thankfully I was dead-heading and rolled right over the scale back onto the big road and caught back up to the truck in a couple of miles. After it nearly wiped out a sign on an off ramp, I followed the truck off my course through Fort Morgan while maintaining contact with 911 dispatch. After it entered an industrial park, I continued east on 34 until I got back on the interstate in Brush.
I don’t know how it ended for that driver, but I was thankful nobody was hurt. Some people my be critical of me for turning in another driver. I don’t care. As I was contemplating all this a thought came to my mind. I can’t ignore something I know is wrong! Immediately then, my mind went directly to a verse in the bible I recite in my head almost daily:
Remember, it is a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. – James 4:17
Yes, a sin of omission. Ignorance is not a defense. That is true both legally and spiritually. We cannot just simply ignore what we know is wrong. That is a sin of omission. Sins of commission are pretty straight forward. That is a sin we commit. God does not distinguish between the two with one being worse than the other. Both are sins.
Sins of omission are probably more difficult for us to deal with. As a general rule, it is easier to turn away and act like you didn’t see something or to think someone else will step up and take care of it. I’ve watched drivers in truck stops sit back and watch other drivers blindly back their trailer into something. They find it funny. I find that sad. I think Satan acts the same way. He delights when he sees people turn a blind eye to an avoidable situation. I choose to not be like Satan. Will you?
Thanks for reading! Remember…keep the rubber down and the antennas pointed up.
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