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Georgia’s New Cargo Theft Bill

This past April, Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia signed The Georgia Cargo Theft Act, which went into effect on July 1st of this year. This Act represents the first legislation of its kind in the nation. Prior to this Act, cargo theft cases were treated as mere car thefts and the perpetrators rarely faced serious penalties for their crime. This is true even though cargo thefts can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. As a result of the lack of serious ramifications, cargo theft has continued to be a major issue for everyone along the supply chain, especially in the top 5 cargo theft states of CA, FL, TX, GA, and IL. It has impacted consumers, unwittingly, in the form of higher prices, as well.


Georgia’s new legislation designates mandatory prison time based on the value of the property stolen once the thief is arrested and convicted. There are a few value ranges, but one example of this would be a theft that is valued between $10,000 and $1M. The punishment, prior to this legislation was negligible, but as of July 1, 2014, it carries a term of not less than 5 and not more than 20 years in prison.


Law enforcement entities and many business organizations in the private sector have been pleading and prodding the legislatures at both the State and Federal levels for several years now. Their efforts have been focused on finding ways to curb the national epidemic that cargo theft has become. The Georgia Cargo Theft Act is a big step forward at the local level and, hopefully with continued pressure and persistence, it will start a trend on the national level, as well.


DMTB is a proud member of Cargo Net. CargoNet provides a layered approach to cargo security with proactive deterrence methods, extensive recovery assistance, and coordinated theft communications. CargoNet’s 24/7/365 support center and subject matter experts become an extension of your company’s security program. Additionally, members receive local and national cargo crime alerts, safety tips, theft trend information, quarterly and annual cargo theft reports, safety education webinars and guides, and much more.

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Brake Safety Week is Next Week

Brake safety week is coming September 7-13. This is an annual event that is part of Operation Airbrake sponsored by CVSA in partnership with FMCSA. In 2013 more than 20,000 vehicles were inspected with a goal of over 30,000 inspections this year. This would be a good time to have that brake job done. Good luck.


Brake Safety Tips
Generally inspect all of the vehicle’s brake equipment including drums/discs, brake hoses and chambers, slack adjusters and actuators, relay valves, tanks, pipes and fittings, etc.
* Check that components are secured and are not deteriorated, worn or damaged.
* Check for over-travel of slack adjusters during brake application.
* Check the condition of compressor hoses/fittings, drive belt & pulley (if fitted).
* Check for the presence of the compressor air filter.
* Check for the presence of visible brake failure indicators and ensure they are operational.


Source: Without a Doubt Truck and Trailer Repair

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Traffic Fatalities and Injuries Decrease in 2014

On Tuesday, August 12th, the National Safety Council released data indicating that deaths from motor vehicle crashes decreased 4% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same time period last year. This follows a 5% decrease in motor vehicle crash deaths from 2012 to 2013. The estimated annual rate of deaths per vehicle miles traveled remains unchanged from 2013, at approximately 1.2 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

Data also showed that medically-consulted injuries from motor vehicle crashes declined 3%, and estimated that the total cost of motor-vehicle deaths, injuries, and property damage through June was $123 billion. The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization that partners with businesses and government agencies to raise awareness of and improve roadway safety.

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Illinois State Police Prepare For Weekend Crackdown on Commercial Vehicles

DOTPolice throughout Illinois will saturate areas along I-90/94, beginning at midnight on Friday

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 • Updated at 12:12 PM CDT

Beginning at midnight on Friday, the Illinois State Police joins 15 other states to step up enforcement on commercial vehicles as part of a “massive public safety initiative” to help reduce traffic fatalities and prevent criminal activity.


Police throughout Illinois will saturate areas along I-90/94 to target speeding violations, DUI, seatbelts, distracted driving, compliance laws, and illegal criminal and drug activity. “Our collective efforts to ensure that this stretch of I-90/94 is safe throughout this four day saturation period will require the resources and dedication of our troopers, investigators and inspectors,” ISP Operations Colonel Michael Zerbonia said. “We are committed to supporting this multi-jurisdictional highway enforcement effort on behalf of Illinois to enhance road safety and public awareness.”
As part of the I-90/94 Challenge, dedicated officers plan to conduct commercial motor vehicle safety inspections, while state police truck inspectors check for mechanical deficiencies, unlicensed drivers, logbook violations, overweight trucks and trailers and CMV out of service violations. Other states with access to the corridor will do the same. The crackdown lasts through Aug. 4. In the last year, police conducted more than 88,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections at the state level.

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Call To Action For H.R.4727

H.R.4727 – To enhance interstate commerce by creating a National Hiring Standard for Motor Carriers. Last week Jimmy DeMatteis president of DesMoines Truck Brokers, Inc. spent time in Washington, DC meeting with Congress to get support for a HR 4727.
H.R. 4727 is a bill designed to improve truck safety and capacity by creating a national standard for hiring motor carriers. H.R. 4727 will eliminate the unreliable use of CSA data that has unfairly eliminated many motor carriers from participating in freight through out the country.   Please take time to call your congressman and ask them to vote for H.R. 4727

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