Professional drivers have long been known as the Knights of the highway, always willing to pull over and help when they come across someone in distress. But recently a Good Samaritan driver for Mount Pearl, Nfld.-based Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems was victimized when he stopped to help out a motorist who flagged him down by flashing his headlights.

The truck driver was subsequently robbed of cash, clothing and even his satellite radio.

The experience has Gord Peddle, part-owner of Atlantica, wondering if it has become too dangerous for professional drivers to stop and help.

“The truck driving community generally feels themselves responsible, champions of the road,” he told CBC. “I know when I started in the early 80s it was a known fact, you would never…go by someone on the side of the road needing assistance, but I think as the days go by it’s getting less and less because of the risk. Maybe it’s gone to a time that you see someone in distress at the side of the road in the middle of the night, you just call the RCMP and let them deal with it.”

It’s a sad commentary, but also an honest assessment of today’s reality. You can read the full CBC story here.

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James Menzies is editor of Today's Trucking. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 20 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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  • In this day and age there is no need to stop. We all have cell phones. Let the armed police handle it. If I see someone in the middle of no where, where there may be a problem with phone signals. I will phone the police but I will not stop.