Truckie: 'We're not the cause of carnage on the roads'
A TRUCKIE driving through north Queensland took to Facebook over the weekend to vent his frustration at being labelled the reason for the "carnage on the roads" by a police officer.
Trevor Vale's interaction with the police officer came after he took his break on Saturday when he stopped at a service station.
After Trevor, who only has one eye, got back in his truck and started on his way again, he said the officer stopped him about five kilometres down the road and asked to see "the relevant paperwork to drive a vehicle of that size with one eye".
"I gave it to him and he shook his head and gave it back to me and his words were: 'It's bad enough you blokes are out here causing carnage on the roads and they let people with one eye drive these things, f**king disgrace'," he said in the video, which as of Monday morning, has been viewed more than two million times and shared more than 25,000 times.
"Those were his words not mine.
"Where the hell do you get off saying something like that? I cop s**t about my eye everyday of the week, but I don't give a s**t. But to label every truck driver out here causing carnage on the roads, maybe you want to start getting some facts right and this is where it all stems from.
"The coppers out here, the people patrolling these roads - and not all of them - blame truck drivers for the carnage on the roads.
"The transport authorities blame truck drivers for the carnage on the roads, the government blame us for the carnage on the roads, have a look at the facts and the figures, have a look at the percentages, we're not the cause of carnage on the roads, far from it.
"How dare people label truck drivers in that fashion, all because you want to raise money and you didn't even check my logbook, how ridiculous is that, here you are talking about fatigue related problems on our road and you didn't even check my logbook."
Trevor went on to say he had a lot of respect for police officers out there, that they "do a hard job".
"But don't forget, so do we," he said.
"We leave our families behind to deliver stuff that Australians need. We travel this country all over, and we don't deserve to be treated like pieces of s**t, we are normal human beings, we have families, kids, we have a job to do and we try to do it to the best of our ability.
"(And to) have some arsehole treat us like that is wrong and it's about time the government department start looking at the facts and the figures and realizing that we aren't the problem out on this road.
"Yes we have cowboys but by Christ I tell you what they're far less than what idiots are in cars.
"It's time something was done. Instead of throwing all the big fines at truck drivers, how about doing something else to help these road accidents and stop the carnage on our roads.
"Have a look at your roads for starters there's a good start."
Thousands commented on the video, gave Trevor their support and praised him for speaking out.
Jude Wastney said: "This is an absolute disgrace the way this man has been treated. As in NZ there are arseholes in the police force that make the public react badly towards the Police. Unfortunately, it's the minority the people remember and the majority of cops that are great are forgotten. Good luck to you Trev and I hope you have a great Xmas and safe travels xxxx".
Coralyn Dugdale wrote: "You might be missing an eye mate but that jerk of a cop has 2 and he's blind as!! Blind to the stats. What an embarrassment he is. Good for you speaking out! Much RESPECT."