WHAT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND ABOUT NO
Do lady drivers face different challenges
than men? A lady driver from
Clarksville, TN loaded in Louisville, KY for Chicago. It was noon before she got loaded
and she knew the day was lost making time on the road.
She stopped at a truck stop in Lebanon,
IN to fuel, catch up on her paper work, rest, and to spend the
night. She found a spot on the
last row and parked her unit.
As she was walking to the
restaurant she met another driver who was going to eat and they
started talking. He invited
her to join him at the restaurant.
They enjoyed dinner talking of
experiences they had as drivers.
He seemed like a nice person and was pleasant to be around.
It was getting late and she informed him
that she needed to get some sleep.
He agreed to walk her back since some truck stops have rules
about women being alone.
Arriving at the truck, she climbed in and turned to bid him
good night only to find that he had climbed up behind her.
She resisted his advances. He realizing that he had misread
her became violent, overpowered her and forced himself upon her. When he left, she pulled herself
together and contemplated what to do.
She was not about to get out of the tractor again.
The next morning, she called the
police. The driver was caught
still in his tractor as if nothing had happened and was
arrested. He was eventually
convicted and is now serving 2-5 years in a correctional facility.
Male drivers need to understand the
role of the lady driver in the industry today:
First, it is pleasant to have
them with us. Remember when all you had around was sloppy-dressed,
dirty, foul-mouthed, unshaven men in drivers' lounges. However, their role is not to
service male drivers.
in a traditional male role in no way warrants liberties with lady
drivers beyond social and criminal standards.
Lastly, they deserve our
respect. They have proven they can do the work and we need to acknowledge
the way I see it - Bob Hataway - TransAlive.