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"How's My Driving?" Do you call?

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

McHenry County, Illinois

"How's My Driving?" Do you call?

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
June 21, 2007


Have you seen the stickers on the back of trucks with “How’s My Driving?” Have you ever called to report unlawful driving? Or maybe even called to report safe or courteous driving?

Today I was tailgated in McHenry by a white Chevrolet Astro van owned by Otis – a United Technologies Company. After the driver tailgated me west on Charles Miller Road (we used to call it Bull Valley Road) from Green Street, the traffic stopped westbound for the red light at Route 31.

The driver pulled up very close to me before turning into the center, no-passing lane to access the left-turn lane at Route 31 early. He didn’t get through the light, and guess who stopped right alongside him when the light for through traffic changed??? You betcha!

That was where I got his license plate number (60 244G), and the phone number to call to report unsafe driving (800) 827-SAFE. And his truck Unit No. – ZT 936.

Won’t he be surprised in a day or two when his manager asks him just where in tarnation did he think he was going in such a hurry?

Of course, the police are never around when you need them (or want them). But this is the next best, and it’s probably more effective than a ticket and Court Supervision. If an employer gets very many calls about bad driving, we can only hope they will take stern action to keep their vehicle liability rates down.



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