A dedicated father tried everything to search for his children privately. Finally, on Matteo James' 12th birthday, a father went to social media to spread the word of his plight. Stephen James posted the following:
I want to say Happy Birthday to my son Matteo. He turns 12 today. I havent seen him and his little brother Zane in 80 days since they were kidnapped to Mexico by their biological mother and maternal grandmother. I miss them tremendously and
I know my sons miss me as well as being scared and confused. Please share this with as many people as possible in the hope that eventually Matteo or someone close to him will see this. Thank you.
The mother of the children was on a supervised visit when she took the children. It is alleged they ran to Mexico with the children. This case, however, takes legal twists and turns from there. The court granting sole custody to the father, Stephen James, is Bell County. CPS and law enforcement involvement from before the children became missing involves Williamson, Tarrant, and Bell Counties. The father lives in Williamson County, the mother lived in Tarrant County. All these municipalities, including the cities within have a hand in. Then, there are the higher ups, due to the nature of Mexico involvement. The issue within all of these municipalities is no one wants to issue the warrant. Every side is waiting for the side to do so. So, as Stephen waits, his children could be anywhere.
The pictures above are the last ones taken by their dad. The children have been missing for almost three months. Imagine if this were your child. Would you want people to scream it from the rooftops for you? If so, help Stephen by doing it for him! Help bring his boys back home. Zane will be celebrating a birthday in November. He needs to be celebrating it with his legal guardian, his Dad!
The only picture found of the mother, Alma Alicia Gomez James (aliases include Alicia Gomez, Alicia James), is not as recent. She's dropped weight, but facial recognition shouldn't be that difficult.
Un padre dedicado intentado todo para buscar a sus hijos en privado. Por último, en el cumpleaños 12 de Matteo James, un padre se fue a los medios de comunicación social para difundir la palabra de su difícil situación. Stephen James publicó lo siguiente:
Quiero decir feliz cumpleaños a mi hijo Matteo. Él cumple 12 años hoy. No he visto a él ya su hermano menor de Zane en 80 días desde que fueron secuestrados en México por su madre biológica y su abuela materna. Los extraño muchísimo y
Sé que mis hijos me echas de menos, además de ser asustado y confundido. Por favor, comparta esto con personas como posibles en la esperanza de que con el tiempo Matteo o alguien cercano a él, verán esto. Gracias.
La madre de los niños estaba en una visita supervisada cuando se llevó a los niños. Se alega que corrió a México con los niños. Este caso, sin embargo, toma giros legales y pasa de ahí. El tribunal otorga la custodia exclusiva al padre, Stephen James, es Bell County. CPS y la participación policial delante de los hijos se convirtió en falta implica Williamson, Tarrant, y los condados de Bell. El padre vive en el Condado de Travis, la madre vive en el Condado de Tarrant. Todos estos municipios, incluyendo las ciudades de tener una mano pulg Luego, están los altos mandos, debido a la naturaleza de la participación de México. La cuestión en todos estos municipios hay nadie quiere emitir la orden. Cada lado está esperando a que el lado para hacerlo. Así que, como Stephen espera, sus hijos podrían estar en cualquier parte.
Las fotos de arriba son las últimas tomadas por su padre. Los niños han desaparecido desde hace casi tres meses. Imagínese si se tratara de su hijo. ¿Te gustaría que la gente lo grita a los cuatro vientos para usted? Si es así, ayudar a Stephen al hacerlo por él! Ayude a llevar a sus hijos de vuelta a casa. Zane estará celebrando su cumpleaños en noviembre. Tiene que ser lo celebra con su tutor legal, su papá!
La imagen sólo se encuentran de la madre, Alma Alicia Gomez James (alias incluyen Alicia Gómez, Alicia James), no es tan reciente. Ella bajó de peso, pero el reconocimiento facial no debe ser tan difícil.
QUIT PICKING ON ME ALREADY!!!!
Rules and regulations for truck drivers are hard. That much is granted. How do you remember every state's laws as well as the federal laws when there a long list of outdated laws that, if given the right officer, could nail you to a wall?
Now, take all those rules, and multiply them, but anywhere from 3 to 30. Welcome to the world of overdimensional freight hauling.
There's an old saying that flatbedders must be out of their minds. If this is true, then oversized haulers borderline on institutionally insane, and heavy haulers don't have a prayer.
We will be going over rule after rule, what they mean, and their burden on the driver. I can't promise to cover every rule for there are a plethora of them.
Lou, when finding out what I was writing, mentioned one right away. He can't recall states, but during a crane move, the states had to make it harder than necessary. One state required a dolly to be with the piece. The other state wouldn't allow the dolly for then it would qualify as a divisible load and couldn't be permitted. I don't know how they managed to haul it, but it was hauled somehow.
Let's go into divisible and non-divisible. You can carry a divisible overwidth load. You can carry a divisible overheight load. You can't carry a divisible overlength load. You can't carry a divisible overgross load. What is divisible? If one piece is overwidth or overheight, it can have other pieces added to the trailer. You can't be overwidth due to two or more pieces being side by side, and you can't be overheight with two or more pieces stacked. You can't have any divisibility on overlength or overwidth pieces. It must be one singular long or heavy piece.
You can be overwidth, overlength, overgross, and overheight all at the same time, but must obey the divisibility rules.
You can't haul 200,000 pounds on a flat, step, or rgn of regular axles. There are weight limits for overweight loads and axle weights on overgrosses. There are also bridge laws for weight and axle spacing on overgross loads. And believe me when I say they will axle you out and grab a tape measurer. One state will allow 25,000 lbs an axle, while the next will only allow 18,000 lbs an axle, and the state after will allow 28,000. So, make sure you have all your permits in line before loading that big piece.
Overheight is always fun. If you want to see every back road possible, grab a 14'4" high load. Some states require a surveyed route at as high as 13'8" high (Hello Massachusetts!). Some states require escorts at 3 inches over. Some states don't require permitting until after 14' high, and some states won't permit an overheight load on a flatbed at all. (Hello California!)
Overwidth loads require escorts after a certain amount of feet, varying from state to state, and highway to highway in each state. Most states are good up to 13'. But, hit 15 in AZ, and you will need one at 11'. These states will fine heavily if you missed the inch that would've made you escorted.
Overlength loads can only be a certain amount over the trailer if you are using a standard trailer, and that varies from state to state. Certain lengths and certain commodities require special trailers. I'm not about to get permitted to haul a bridge beam or a windmill blade on a flat, step, or rgn.
When one hauls an overdimensional load, they have a permit. This permit has the route the truck must travel. YOU CAN NOT DEVIATE FROM THIS ROUTE!!! If you deviate, in any state, the fines start off in the $1,000's. Every single permit in one way or another states that the state is not responsible for the accuracy of the permitted route, and that they aren't responsible for any damages done by driver/truck/trailer/load. The driver accepts all responsibility for the route that the STATE gave them. Case in point: Indiana routed us on a closed highway. It was closed for approximately three blocks, and opened a block after our delivery locale. This highway was closed for three months before we applied for the permit. Now, put yourselves in these shoes:
Riggers will cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars an hour if they have to wait for you. Due to time constrictions based on permitted rules, we would be 30 minutes late if the highway wasn't closed. Now, you can either sit, call for a revised permit, take the chance of being routed 50 miles or more around due to a 3 block closure, and may not get the re-route for days, while not being able to move from the downtown city street, or you can route yourself through the residential area, not be later, save yourself hundreds if not thousands, not be ticketed for illegally parking, and hope you don't get caught. That's right, ladies and gentleman. You are now illegal either which way. But remember, the state's not responsible, yet they gave you the route.
Permitted loads have time constrictions for running hours. These time constrictions also have to fall within your HOS (wouldn't we love it if in the summer time they'd let us throw the last part out). The running hours are also weather incremental. That's right, you're darned if you do, darned if you don't some days. Some loads can run at night, some loads can't run at night, and some loads can only run at night. This once again varies widely from state to state. And, you have to go from one state with only night running to another state with only day running back to back. Some states, if you have to run daytime only, will allow you half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. Others will do sunrise to sunset, no leniency. Then there are those who have half an hour after sunrise to half an hour before sunset. On top of this, you have curfews. Yes, you are a bad child in your teens, and have to stop before you get spanked. Some states do curfews for every population above 5,000. Some don't do any curfews at all. Some will shut down the entire highway for football games. There are bridge curfews, city curfews, county curfews, within the city highway curfews (mile marker to mile marker only), etc. In Atlanta, you can travel the entire loop at rush hour, but don't dare go into Atlanta, and watch out if you're Pauly and have a moron with a camera not understanding you just want the hell out. Other places, like Chicago, have them from mile marker to mile marker. A good part of Chicago is covered, but the west side has gaping holes. These curfews vary each time you hit a new one from time to time. Now, here's a good one. New Jersey said no travel the Friday before Labor Day. We would have to be at the George Washington on Thursday. Then, we'd have to sit there until Saturday at 0100 EDT for New York City. Oh no, no, no, you say. So did I! We now have a framed permit from New Jersey. I sweet talked them into allowing us to be the only oversized load through New Jersey on Friday.
What is incremental weather provisions? That's not an easy question. Once again, it varies from state to state. FEDERALLY, if chains are required, you are required to sit as long as it takes. Now, certain states, as long as chains aren't required, will let you drive through a blizzard. Certain states will allow you to drive through rain. Then, certain states won't allow you to drive at all if someone sneezes wrong. In Maryland, if there's a plow six counties away, you're shut down. Pennsylvania and Ohio are huge on shutting down for rain and snow. Each state gets the right, along with each individual officer, to decide on incremental weather. Did you know? Certain states will shut you down for high winds.
You have a permit for 44 in Oklahoma, the toll roads in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc, so you're ready to go. STOP! You now need a permit for each and every individual toll road. That's right, multiple permits are needed for the same state on occasion. In Ohio, I would suggest you get it online. At the toll plaza, it's $50, online it's $25. By the way, after getting your permit, you still have to pay the toll. If crossing the George Washington Bridge over 10' wide, expect to pay for Jersey's permit (try to come in untolled), New York City's permit, and the $250 GW permit, minimal. (Hey box haulers, do you really want to gripe about costs now?)
Now, let's talk expense real quick! So, we have multiple permits, multiple toll permits possibly, and we have escorts. These escorts, if they are good, are typically $1.50-$1.75 a mile, plus another $50-100 (depending on state) for overnight (thanks to my dear friend Dale for quoting me these rates!). We still have to pay for fuel too. Unfortunately, many shippers and brokers do not understand the overall costs, and try to get it gone for cheap. If you need a load moved big enough for escorts, be prepared to pay through the nose!
Now, many of us have PrePass and EZPass. We go through the weight stations only if red lighted. Not anymore! If you are oversized and your light is green, you still go to the weight stations in certain states, or you are legally blowing the weight station. It will say on your permit whether or not you must stop, and whether or not you must go straight to the back.
One way the states like to find out if you're reading the permits is that some states will want you to sign, others won't. The ones will sign vary also. Some want only black ink, some want only blue ink, some want only red ink. If it is not signed in the appropriate ink, you may as well use it for toilet paper. Some states want provision sheets included, some states want maps included, and some of those won't give you what you need. Pennsylvania, for example, wants you to have provisions and a colored Urbanized Map. If you don't have one or both, your permit is invalid. If you have a black and white copy of the map, your permit is invalid. Yet, they don't send these with your permit.
Last but not least, quit getting pissy at slow moving oversized loads. They are forced to go slower in certain states, and forced to stay in the right hand lane in certain states. Now, as you can possibly guess, this is another "varies state by state" rule. Some are equal to the speed limit, some are 55, some are 45, and anywhere in between. Just pass them, but ensure you give them their space.
Now, you know what oversized drivers go through law wise! You want to keep griping about your normal driving job?