Thousands attend Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show in Peoria

By WEEK Reporter

February 1, 2014 Updated Feb 1, 2014 at 11:38 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Cold weather did not stop thousands from attending the Midwest Truck and Trailer Show in Peoria. However, Saturday's weather highlights the importance of safety while driving.

More than 5,000 truck enthusiasts attended the show. Guests and drivers came from 22 states to look, learn and admire.

"Trucks are majestic--they're powerful," said truck driver and business owner, Landon Durst.

It was a one-stop-shop convention, contest and expo. It is also an opportunity for drivers to tackle large scale issues that face their community--safety and new laws.

"All the regulatory agencies are here," said Mid-West Truckers Executive Vice President Don Schaefer.

Illinois State's Attorney, Illinois State Police and other service organization set up booths at Peoria's Civic Center.

"If you have a question, you can actually talk to someone face-to-face," said truck driver Chad Beyer.

Beyer came to the event to ask about the requirements for logging.

"You have to put every stop in--where you fuel, where you stop in for breakfast, every time you stop to load and unload," explained Beyer.

Even when you sleep.

"You can only be driving 11 hours," explained Schaefer. "The most important part is not how many hours you can be driving but that you get ten hours of rest."

If done correctly, logging should prevent drivers from over-driving. Unfortunately, it's not always the case.

"There was a state trooper that was hit over by District 15 where the driver was driving way over the legal hours he was allowed to drive," said Trooper Dustin Pierce with the Illinois State Police.

Driver accountability was stressed at the Illinois State Police's demonstration at the show.

"If drivers are following the rules and getting proper rest, then these crashes can be avoided."