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We were on our way home towing my TT this morning on I 5 by Williams Ca and noticed a Semi crossing all over the road. I finally had a chance to pass him and it looked like he was asleep with his chin on his chest. I was afraid to honk as I was in process of passing and did not want him to swerv into my TT. The DW called the CHP and told them that we were sure he was asleep. Told him the color, the Company Name etc. We stayed in front of him for over 30 miles and observed him driving all over the road and once off the road. Called CHP again
and they said they would send CHP to the area. This was early sat morning between 5 AM and 6 AM CHP never did show up


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i'd do the same thing you did but i might've stayed on the phone with CHP to keep them informed.


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I have called on drunks numerous times, and once on a woman who seemed to be nodding off and had four kids in the car. Depending on the situation, I have sometimes followed them for a while and usually law enforcement has shown up, particularly if they were in a populated area. With highway patrol or a rural sheriff's office, they often don't have anyone within 50 miles, expecially during the night. (In Texas, decades ago, it was well known that the highway patrol went home and to sleep at 2 a.m., and all bets were off as far as speed, but no more.)

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You did well. Good to call, let the police deal with it, keep people safe. You also kept a safe distance, I wouldn't follow behind that.

Could be sleeping, could be drugs/alcohol, but it could be a medical issue.

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You did all you could do. Your assumption that he might swerve into you if you honked was correct-people who are startled awake have a tendency to aim towards the noise. It's pretty sad the CHP was unresponsive.


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Only thing I would have done differently would be to keep a safe distance behind him. I prefer to have a threat like that in front of me where I can see it and react. I would be concerned with being in front of him if I had to stop suddenly.

That said, you did everything you could do.


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Dennis M M wrote:

Only thing I would have done differently would be to keep a safe distance behind him. I prefer to have a threat like that in front of me where I can see it and react. I would be concerned with being in front of him if I had to stop suddenly.

That said, you did everything you could do.


huh?...then when he wrecks and spreads across all lanes you are blocked by wreckage for hours?....get ahead of him and go on your way


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Dennis M M wrote:

Only thing I would have done differently would be to keep a safe distance behind him. I prefer to have a threat like that in front of me where I can see it and react. I would be concerned with being in front of him if I had to stop suddenly.

That said, you did everything you could do.


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I'd blow the horn and call the CHP. Surprised they didn't respond. Maybe shift change or something. We have plenty of them on the payroll.


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Crowe wrote:

...It's pretty sad the CHP was unresponsive...


we don't KNOW that the CHP was unresponsive. they may very well have been busy elsewhere or the OP and truck parted ways before the CHP arrived on scene. after a 35-year career in public safety i have never known any police officer to intentionally blow off a request for assistance from the public. calls are prioritized and in many cases resources can be overwhelmed. it's sad but delays can occur.

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