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IMTA InfoFlash: Operation Safe Driver to be Focus October 19

During the week of October 19-25, 2014, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger-vehicle drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week.

During Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance. In addition to enforcement, education is an important component of Operation Safe Driver Week. Law enforcement and transportation safety officials will offer educational and awareness safety programs to the motor carrier population and the motoring public.

 

For more information about Operation Safe Driver go to www.cvsa.org.

Source: Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

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 and see us to receive a free gift.

For more information on National Truck Driver Appreciation Week visit the American Trucking Association’s Website

 

Be sure to ask our staff about upcoming Trucktoberfest as well!

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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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