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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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Whitney Attends IMTA Leadership Class

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Congratulations to Whitney for successfully completing the Iowa Motor Truck Association’s Leadership Class! DMTB has great respect for the program. Jimmy, Ben, Eric and now Whitney have all completed the Leadership Class.



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For More Information –

DeAnn Moody

Iowa Motor Truck Association

(515) 244-5193


Des Moines, IowaWhitney DeMatteis, Des Moines Truck Brokers recently completed a four-session Leadership Class hosted by the Iowa Motor Truck Association.


The Iowa Motor Truck Association was established in 1942 and has been the voice of the trucking industry since that time. The Iowa Motor Truck Association represents over 750 trucking companies from across the state of Iowa and has members in all 99 counties. In Iowa alone, over 78% of all communities depend 100% on trucks for the delivery of goods and services they depend upon. The trucking industry’s association office is headquartered in Des Moines and sits at the foot of Iowa’s State Capitol.


As a member of the 2014 IMTA Leadership Class, Whitney has taken a few days during the last year to participate in various leadership sessions held at the IMTA headquarters.  These sessions were set up with presenters from the industry and panelist from the IMTA membership.  Some session topics included; Understanding Value of Lobbying and Legislative Issues, Strengthening Your Communication Skills, Business Writing Skills, Leadership is an Art and Identifying your own Leadership Style.


Our leadership class participants are the up and coming individuals in this industry.  We are pleased that Whitney was able to provide leadership and insight to our organization through involvement in the 2014 Leadership Class and we look forward to continued support and involvement in the association,” said Brenda Neville, President & CEO, Iowa Motor Truck Association.


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Ben and Whitney at United Fresh



“United Fresh 2014 is the must-attend destination for the fresh produce industry. Co-located with FMI Connect 2014, the United Fresh trade show will bring together the retail and fresh produce industries, offering retail and produce executives unprecedented value in the opportunity to connect with customers and industry counterparts.”


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