Trucker Logs 3 Million Miles Without an Accident

LAS VEGAS -- James Sut-Fin might just be the king of the road.

Sut-Fin, or "Jackpot" as his fellow truckers call him, has been driving semitrailers for almost 30 years.

"I started driving in South Bend, Ind.," he said. "Driving a local trash truck picking up Dumpsters and all that."

Sut-Fin has spent many of those years confined to a semi-cab, eight hours or more a day and it is estimated he has logged 3 million miles – and never been in an accident.

"Probably a good amount of skill," he said of avoiding accidents. "And some good luck mixed in there with it."

Sut-Fin said he has always obeyed every rule he's learned in truck driving school, such as checking your mirrors.

"I always look at the left mirror," he said. "You've got to know what's going around you. You know?"

And that rule about leaving space between the car in front of you? That's his No. 1 rule.

"I've had some really close calls through the years," he said.

Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Loy Hixson said truckers have a hard job.

"We've always seen that there is one thing cars don't do is give them the respect," Hixson said.

Most of the time truckers have to drive defensively to avoid the smaller vehicles on the road, he said.

"There's going to be cars that are too close to the front cutting them off," Hixson said. "Thinking they have enough time to stop by being in front of them."

Sut-Fin's trucking company gave him an award for holding the recording for being accident free.

"Hopefully I'm just the first one of them in a long line of them ," he said.

But for now, it's back to the road for trucker they call Jackpot.


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