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Not only is this the beginning verse of the United States National Anthem, it is also a question a driver must ask themselves while operating any type of vehicle. With Fall well upon us this time of year brings drastic changes in temperatures which result in rain storms and foggy conditions. Our sight and vision of the road and surroundings is instrumental in operating the vehicle in a safe manner. It is crucial we are not causing damage or injury to ourselves or the motoring public that we are in close proximity with on the roadway. While on the road we all see a number of vehicles that put themselves as well as the rest of us in danger by not operating their vehicle safely in low visibility such as rain and nighttime situations.
Nighttime driving is more difficult because visibility is reduced. However, low visibility conditions often occur during the day, caused by heavy snowfall, downpours, thick fog and blowing dust or smoke.
Follow these safety tips for driving in low visibility conditions:
Slow down. Disengage your cruise control. Most accidents occur because the driver is going too fast for the weather conditions.
Use your low beams. High beams will disperse in thick fog or snow, making visibility worse for you and other drivers.
Lights: Make sure that all of your lights are clear of bugs, dirt, road film, etc. to give you and other motorist the highest level of visibility and sight.
Avoid entering an area if you cannot see a safe distance ahead.
Loss of Visibility: If you suddenly encounter a severe loss of visibility, pull off the pavement as far as possible. Stop, turn off your lights, set the emergency brake and take your foot off the brake to be sure the taillights are not illuminated. Turn on your emergency flashers.
Safely Pull Over: If you can’t pull off the roadway, slow down, turn on your low beam headlights and sound the horn occasionally. Use the white fog line or roadside reflectors if necessary to help guide you.
Never stop in the travel lanes.
Rain: People do not realize just how dangerous this can be and tend to drive too fast. When you are driving a truck, look in your mirror next time it rains and watch just how much water spray you generate from your tires. There is enough to blind the driver behind you. Also, remember what you were taught, that you can hydroplane even at 35 mph; so please do yourself and others a favor and drive at a safe speed in the rain.
Be aware when bobtailing a tractor in rain and applying the brakes. Without the trailer, the braking power is disproportionate and can cause the vehicle to go into a spin and lose control. There have been many trucks jackknifed because they were going too fast and needed to make a sudden stop. You will slide even quicker when you have a light load. Also, when passing another vehicle, make sure you have enough room to return back into the lane.
There have been many trucks that come into the lane too soon, and cause the other vehicle to go off the road. Water spray is what causes you, the driver, to misjudge your distance and you may be the next one to cause an accident if you aren’t paying attention when passing. Also, watch for those curves- especially in the rain!
JERSEY CITY, N.J., September 21, 2013 — Verisk Crime Analytics announced today an agreement between its CargoNet® division and Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc. to help DMTB clients reduce cargo theft risk. Verisk Crime Analytics is a unit of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK).
CargoNet will assist DMTB to reduce the economic impact of cargo crime and use CargoNet recovery, deterrence, and analytical services as part of the value they offer to their clients.
Since its launch in 2010, CargoNet has made huge strides in helping the transportation industry become better at developing cargo crime intelligence. The secure nature of the CargoNet system gives our clients the necessary peace of mind to share data. That’s a critical component of combating cargo crime.
CargoNet is centered on a national database and information-sharing system managed by crime analysts and subject matter experts. By providing recovery support, deterrence measures, and coordinated, real-time communications between theft victims and law enforcement agents, CargoNet helps its members prevent cargo theft and improve chances of recovery.
A strategic alliance with the Transportation Intermediaries Association helped extend the reach and value of CargoNet for brokers like Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc. and their insurers. “Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc. has taken a stand against cargo crime, and we’re proud to support that effort,” added Anthony Canale, vice president of Verisk Crime Analytics. “We’re optimistic that the increased awareness and sharing of data by TIA members like Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc. will further the goals of law enforcement and the industry to reduce cargo theft.”
“We are excited to be aligned with CargoNet to offer this protection and piece of mind to our clients” says Jimmy De Matteis President of Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc. “We see this as great added value and we are thrilled to provide this service to our clients free of charge”.
About Verisk Crime Analytics
Verisk Crime Analytics is a leading provider of crime prevention services for retailers, manufacturers, logistics companies, equipment owners, and insurance companies and offers data and analytical support to law enforcement. Verisk Crime Analytics provides a comprehensive suite of data management, analytic, and theft prevention services that include prediction, mitigation, response, and recovery. Verisk Crime Analytics is a unit of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK). For more information, visit www.verisk.com/crimeanalytics.
About Transportation Intermediaries Association
The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $162 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials, and international organizations. TIA is the United States member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).
About Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc.
Des Moines Truck Brokers, Inc. is a full service third party transportation logistics provider. Founded in 1969 Our professional staff offers 44 years of transportation and traffic management experience to assure excellent customer satisfaction. Specializing in temperature controlled and time sensitive shipments DMTB has been recognized by many associations as an award winning transportation provider.
Please watch the linked video for more information about CargoNet
CargoNet (http://www NULL.cargonet NULL.com/vdo/2010-02/)
As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, there are a number of important programs and federal government functions that are being affected by the political stalemate between Congress and the Administration. Below are updates on key programs and operations that may impact the produce industry.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – There are several programs within the AMS that will continue during the federal government shutdown. These include the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act Program; Specialty Crop Inspections; Plant Variety Protection Program; Commodity Purchase Services; and Research and Promotion Programs. The following AMS programs and functions have been furloughed, Country of Origin Labeling Program; Market News; Marketing Agreements and Orders; National Organic Standards Program; Pesticide Data Program; Standardization; and Specialty Crop Block Grants.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) – Because some functions under APHIS are derived from Trust Funds, User Fees, and no-year funding, there are a number of programs that will be continued through the shutdown. These include preclearance and inspection of fruit, veg, and nursery products; activities for preclearing and inspecting fruits, vegetables, and nursery products before they are shipped to the United States; issuing of phytosanitary certificates for plant material bound for export; Agricultural quarantine and inspection services in connection with the arrival at a port in the customs territory of the United States, or the preclearance or preinspection at a site outside the customs territory of the United States, of an international passenger, commercial vessel, commercial aircraft, commercial truck, or railroad car; Current responses to several agricultural emergencies involving invasive pests and diseases; APHIS will continue to operate and manage the 10201 program through the government shutdown. In addition, APHIS will continue border and costal surveillance programs including agricultural quarantine and inspection surveillance activities prevent the introduction of plant pests into the country.
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) – During the shutdown, FAS will discontinue administering all market development programs including the Market Access Program and the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops.
USDA Nutrition Programs – Women Infant and Children (WIC) program has received temporary operating funds thru October 31, 2013. The temporary operating funds are a combination of $125 million in contingency funds released by USDA on Oct 1 and unspent FY’2013. WIC will have no funds available after Oct 31, 2013. Child Nutrition Programs (CNP), including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk will continue operations into October. Meal providers are paid on a reimbursement basis 30 days after the end of the service month. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) funds are funds available thru end of October because FFVP schools are paid on a reimbursement basis 30 days after the end of the service month. DoD Fresh ordering website for schools is operating. Programs that are not functioning during the government shutdown include the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), WIC Farmers’ Markets Nutrition Program (FMNP) and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program has funds available through October.
Rural Development (RD) – Both the Value-Added Grant Program along with Section 516 of the Farm Labor Housing Loan and Grant Program would continue during the government shutdown.
Research, Education, and Economics (REE) – The Specialty Crop Research Initiative and other research and economic activities at USDA would be closed during the government shutdown.
Risk Management Agency (RMA) – RMA will not maintain any activities during a government shutdown. RMA will not maintain any staff to either pay contractual obligations or perform any regulatory functions such as editing data.
Department of Defense
Commissaries (DeCA) – Effective Wednesday, October 2, all U.S. Military Commissaries have shut down. Overseas commissaries will remain open.
Department of Labor
As a result of the shutdown, the Department of Labor will neither accept nor process any applications or related materials (such as audit responses), it receives, including Labor Condition Applications, Applications for Prevailing Wage Determination, Applications for Temporary Employment Certification, or Applications for Permanent Employment Certification. OFLC’s web site, including the iCERT Visa Portal System and the PERM system, would become static and unable to process any requests or allow authorized users to access their online accounts.
DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges will be unable to perform any case-related activities, including conducting hearings. Hearings that have been previously scheduled will therefore be cancelled prior to the date of the hearing, and they will not be rescheduled for hearing until an appropriations bill or continuing resolution takes effect.
Department of Homeland Security
Custom and Border Protection (CPB) – CBP Port of Entry Operations, including CBP Cargo Security and Revenue Collections, as well as Border Security programs, including Border Patrol and CBP Air and Marine Operations, will remain operational under a government shutdown because they have been deemed law enforcement necessary or necessary for the safety of life and protection of property.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – ICE detention and enforcement operations shall continue. The ICE Community and Detainee Helpline will remain operational.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – USCIS has indicated that the E-Verify system will be closed for the duration of the shutdown. This means that E-Verify employers will not be able to process new hires’ E-Verify checks; in addition to any E-Verify system-related activities. USCIS has advised E-Verify employers that the ‘three-day rule’ for E-Verify cases will be suspended for cases affected by the shutdown. Please note that the fact that an employer does not have to do an E-Verify check during the shutdown period, does NOT affect the Form I-9 requirement — employers must still complete the Form I-9 no later than the third business day after an employee starts work for pay.
Environmental Protection Agency
It appears that most activities and staff related to the Office of Pesticide Program are furloughed due to the government shutdown.
Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – FDA would continue limited activities related to its user fee funded programs including the activities in the Center for Tobacco Products. FDA would also continue select vital activities including maintaining critical consumer protection to handle emergencies, high-risk recalls, civil and criminal investigations, import entry review, and other critical public health issues. FDA will be unable to support the majority of its food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics activities. FDA will also have to cease safety activities such as routine establishment inspections, some compliance and enforcement activities, monitoring of imports, notification programs (e.g., food contact substances, infant formula), and the majority of the laboratory research necessary to inform public health decision-making.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) – CDC will continue minimal support to protect the health and well-being of US citizens here and abroad through a significantly reduced capacity to respond to outbreak investigations, processing of laboratory samples, and maintaining the agency’s 24/7 emergency operations center. CDC would be unable to support the annual seasonal influenza program, outbreak detection and linking across state boundaries using genetic and molecular analysis, continuous updating of disease treatment and prevention recommendations (e.g., HIV, TB, STDs, hepatitis), and technical assistance, analysis, and support to state and local partners for infectious disease surveillance.
- Agricultural Marketing Services
http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-ams-shutdown-plan.pdf (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/documents/usda-ams-shutdown-plan NULL.pdf)
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Program
http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-aphis-shutdown-plan.pdf (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/documents/usda-aphis-shutdown-plan NULL.pdf)
- Foreign Agricultural Services
http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-fas-shutdown-plan.pdf (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/documents/usda-fas-shutdown-plan NULL.pdf)
- Food Nutrition and Consumer Services
http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-fns-shutdown-plan.pdf (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/documents/usda-fns-shutdown-plan NULL.pdf)
- Rural Development
http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-rd-shutdown-plan.pdf (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/documents/usda-rd-shutdown-plan NULL.pdf)
- Research, Education, and Economics
http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-ree-shutdown-plan.pdf (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/documents/usda-ree-shutdown-plan NULL.pdf)
- Risk Management Agency
http://www.usda.gov/documents/usda-rma-shutdown-plan.pdf (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/documents/usda-rma-shutdown-plan NULL.pdf)
Department of Homeland Security
http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/dhs-lapse-contingency-plan-09-27-2013_0.pdf (http://www NULL.dhs NULL.gov/sites/default/files/publications/dhs-lapse-contingency-plan-09-27-2013_0 NULL.pdf)
Department of Labor
http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/shutdown_plan2013.pdf (http://www NULL.dol NULL.gov/opa/media/press/opa/shutdown_plan2013 NULL.pdf)
Health and Human Services
http://www.hhs.gov/budget/fy2014/fy2014contingency_staffing_plan-rev2.pdf (http://www NULL.hhs NULL.gov/budget/fy2014/fy2014contingency_staffing_plan-rev2 NULL.pdf)
Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/lapse/resources/epa-contingency-plan-2013.pdf (http://www NULL.epa NULL.gov/lapse/resources/epa-contingency-plan-2013 NULL.pdf)
The DMTB team would like to recognize our professional truck drivers for everything they do to keep America moving! Did you know that everyone in this country depends on the professional truck driver for most things in their lives without realizing it? Nearly 96% of the gross national product moves by Truck. These Men and Women spend days on end crisscrossing our highways under tight time schedules to deliver our freight. Often times they are lucky to get a simple thank you.
This is our opportunity to give them all a special thanks, If you cross paths with one of these hardworking folks take some time and shake their hand for a job well done. If you are a driver and your path crosses by our office please stop in and get this year’s DMTB National Truck Driver Appreciation Week T shirt.
For more information on National Truck Driver Appreciation Week visit the American Trucking Association’s Website (http://www NULL.trucking NULL.org/Appreciation_Week NULL.aspx)
A record-tying low number of drivers were placed out of service for rules violations during the recent national safety inspection blitz known as Roadcheck, according to figures released by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
Data from CVSA’s June 4-6 event showed that violations that resulted in truck or bus drivers being pulled off the road fell to 4.2 percent this year from 4.6 percent in 2012, matching the record low set in 2011.
Vehicle violations largely include mechanical issues, while those for the driver involve logs and certifications.
This year’s Roadcheck emphasized cargo securement, and inspectors reported an 11.7 percent out-of-service rate in that category, down from last year’s 12.3 percent.
Of the 73,000 total inspections, federal and local officers conducted almost 48,000 Level I checks — the standard, comprehensive commercial vehicle inspection that includes hours of service, seat belts, brakes, exhaust systems and driver licenses. Level I inspection figures were mixed, showing that 4.3 percent of drivers were placed out of service, down from last year’s 4.6 percent.
CVSA’s members, North American law enforcement personnel who conduct truck safety inspections in the United States, Canada and Mexico, also conduct Level II inspections, involving truck workarounds, and Level III inspections, for inspections of drivers.
Hour of service violations as a percentage of drivers placed out of service were generally at 51.8 percent this year compared with 50.2 percent last year.
Dave Osiecki, American Trucking Associations senior vice president for policy and regulatory affairs believes that using a random method to select trucks and drivers for inspections would yield safety results that can be compared year-to-year.
Source: Transport Topics