2013-06-18 / Front Page

18 Cloverdale High School Student Drivers Reminded To ‘Share The Road’ With Semis

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Veteran semi driver Scott Stierwalt, right, of Cloverdale speaks to students from Cloverdale High School’s 2013 drivers education class as part of Walmart’s ‘Share The Road’ program last Friday at CHS. 
(Staff Photo) Veteran semi driver Scott Stierwalt, right, of Cloverdale speaks to students from Cloverdale High School’s 2013 drivers education class as part of Walmart’s ‘Share The Road’ program last Friday at CHS. (Staff Photo) Sitting up much higher off of the roadway and occupying a significantly larger area of traffic lanes, semi drivers are often forced to be extra cautious of their surroundings while navigating area highways. The newest crop of young drivers in southern Putnam County learned all about the driving perspective of those very truck drivers Friday afternoon during a visit from Walmart semi drivers from Greencastle.

Three longtime Walmart truck drivers with a combined 120 years of driving experience visited with 18 students enrolled in Cloverdale High School driver’s education course, focusing on Walmart’s ‘Share The Road’ program.

“Our company and drivers have gone above and beyond to create an educational program for future drivers. Walmart has a commitment and philosophy to safety and community involvement. This is strongly demonstrated in the support for our Share the Road program,” Walmart Logistics General Transportation Manager Jason Lukenbill said. “We only provide this service with the aspirations of our professional, passionate, and experienced drivers.”


Incoming CHS junior Harlee Fuetter was all smiles as she saw firsthand how semi drivers see the roadway from inside the cab of a semi alongside longtime Walmart driver Richard Moyer of Greencastle. Moyer was a founder of Walmart’s ‘Share The Road’ program. Harlee is the granddaughter of Jim and Judy Hacker of Cloverdale. 
(Staff Photo) Incoming CHS junior Harlee Fuetter was all smiles as she saw firsthand how semi drivers see the roadway from inside the cab of a semi alongside longtime Walmart driver Richard Moyer of Greencastle. Moyer was a founder of Walmart’s ‘Share The Road’ program. Harlee is the granddaughter of Jim and Judy Hacker of Cloverdale. (Staff Photo) Drivers Scott Stierwalt of Cloverdale, Michael Toole of Coatsville and Richard Morgan of Greencastle explained the importance of defensive driving by focusing on blind spots of truck drivers and other drivers on the road.

“You never see a wreck happen that happened because of natural causes or mechanical issues, it’s all distracted driving,” Stierwalt said. “I lost a child and a grandchild in an accident, so I see these kids as mine.”

Morgan helped start the program in 1995 after an incident on I-70.

“There were about four of us driving across I-70 one night and a kid did something in front of us. We were talking about how we need to teach these kids how to drive correctly, so we came back to our boss and the first school we spoke to was Greencastle,” Morgan said. “Since then it’s only gotten bigger and bigger. If we can save one life, it’s worth it.”

“We’re just trying to give back to the community, to help young drivers interact safely on the road,” Toole added. “Nobody wants to lose a child in an accident.”

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