Share the Road Safety Program Releases Instructional Video Ahead of Holidays
Today, American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Share the Road highway safety program provide tips for safe driving ahead of Thanksgiving weekend.
“The high volume of travelers for Thanksgiving amplifies the importance of taking safe driving measures to ensure everyone can make it to the dinner table,” said Share the Road professional truck driver Tim Taylor, of FedEx Freight. “As a family man and a professional truck driver, I am one of the last drivers on the road, delivering all the trimmings necessary for Thanksgiving. I hope my fellow motorists will consider safety as they travel to their Thanksgiving destinations.”
AAA projects more than 51 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving weekend, making this year the highest travel volume in over a dozen years. High traffic volume can contribute to congestion and a reduction in speeds. Share the Road’s Instructional Video spreads truck safety messages to the millions of motorists who will be driving alongside large trucks this week. The video, featuring professional truck drivers, gives an eight-minute recap of critical safe-driving habits and has already been viewed by hundreds of thousands of motorists, including truck drivers and the general motoring public.
“The professional truck drivers in the Share the Road Instructional Video are highly-trained drivers who have accrued millions of accident-free miles. Just taking a few minutes to review some of these important safety messages can make all the difference on the road,” said ATA COO and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs Elisabeth Barna.
Thanksgiving offers several other driving challenges beyond traffic congestion. Winter driving presents unique problems for motorists, including high wind and blowing snow, which contribute to reduced visibility in many regions throughout North America. Similarly, freezing temperatures can have a profound impact on vehicles and the roadways. A thorough pre-trip inspection and understanding of driving conditions can play a significant role in driving success this holiday season.
“As a veteran driver and a truck driver from Minnesota, I have been trained to deal with wintery conditions on the road,” said Share the Road professional truck driver Bill Krouse, of YRC Freight. “It’s important to make sure your vehicle is prepared for extended trips. Check your wiper fluids, antifreeze, and pack a few extra blankets before you pull out of the driveway in case of emergency.”
Share the Road professional drivers recommend these safety tips to drivers and would like to remind motorists about some key elements of safe driving, including how to operate small passenger vehicles near large tractor-trailers:
September 2017 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)
On Sept. 7, 2017, enforcement personnel throughout Canada and the United States conducted 7,698 inspections on commercial motor vehicles as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Day. Fourteen percent of the vehicles inspected were placed out of service specifically for brake-related violations.
The goal of Brake Safety Day is to conduct roadside inspections, and identify and remove vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways in an effort to reduce the number of crashes caused by or made more severe by brake system deficiencies on commercial motor vehicles.
Inspection data from Brake Safety Day featured the following notable results:
Brake Safety Day also captures data on how well antilock braking systems (ABS) are maintained in accordance with federal regulations. ABS help the driver to stop in the shortest possible distance under many conditions and to maintain steering control in situations when tires start to slip. Many participating jurisdictions surveyed ABS compliance. ABS violations were counted when the malfunction lamp did not work or the malfunction lamp stayed on, indicating a fault of some kind. The findings are as follows:
"Brake-related violations are the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. CVSA’s Brake Safety Day provides an opportunity enhance brake safety," said CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner with the Kansas Highway Patrol. "Our goal is to reduce the number of crashes caused by faulty braking systems, by conducting roadside inspections, educating drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake inspection and maintenance."
Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle operation. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of large trucks and buses, posing serious risks to driver and public safety. ABS, combined with the brake system, provide a platform for stability control and for other safety-enhancing systems to function.
Brake Safety Day is part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.
The New York City Department of Transportation and MTA Bridges and Tunnels advise that the Annual New York City Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 5th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorist should expect local street closures and delays throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City during these times. The entire Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over height vehicles and vehicles carrying hazardous materials will be banned from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in both directions from 11 p.m., Saturday, November 4th through 3 p.m., Sunday, November 5th. The Pulaski Bridge, Queensboro Bridge, Willis Avenue Bridge, and Madison Avenue Bridge will also be closed during the marathon. Motorists should allow for extra travel time to reach their destination or consider using mass transit.
Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. Throughout the week, enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors on our roadways.
Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle crashes.
CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger-vehicle traffic enforcement.
Examples of dangerous driver behaviors that enforcement personnel will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, traveling too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, etc.
Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations, and aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around a CMV – through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.
The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of
Fish and Wildlife is reminding motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer
as days get shorter and deer become more active with mating season under
"Deer are involved in thousands of collisions with motor vehicles in New
Jersey each year, with the highest number occurring during the fall mating
season," said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Larry Herrighty. "We
strongly urge all motorists to be particularly alert to the possibility of
deer suddenly darting onto roadways and to be aware of some steps they can
take to reduce the risk of serious injury to themselves or their
Deer are apt to suddenly sprint onto roadways as bucks actively pursue does.
This activity, known as the fall rut, is most pronounced in the very early
morning and around sunset, when visibility can be difficult. Using caution
becomes even more important when Daylight Saving Time ends November 5,
causing commutes to align with periods when deer are most active and
lighting conditions can be most difficult for motorists.
For motorists, low levels of light and sun glare can make it very difficult
to see deer that are about to cross the road. In addition, multiple deer may
cross the road at any given moment, usually in a single file.
The following tips can help motorists stay safe during deer mating season:
* If you see a deer, slow down and pay attention to possible sudden
movement. If the deer is in the road and doesn't move, don't go around it.
Wait for the deer to pass and the road is clear.
* Pay attention to "Deer Crossing" signs. Slow down when traveling
through areas known to have a high concentration of deer so you will have
ample time to stop if necessary.
* If you are traveling after dark, use high beams when there is no
oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead. High beams will be reflected by the eyes
of deer on or near roads. If you see one deer, be on guard: others may be in
the area. Deer typically move in family groups at this time of year and
cross roads single-file.
* Don't tailgate. Remember: the driver in front of you might have to
stop suddenly to avoid hitting a deer.
* Always wear a seatbelt, as required by law. Drive at a safe and
sensible speed, accounting for weather, available lighting, traffic, curves
and other road conditions.
* If a collision appears inevitable, do not swerve to avoid impact.
The deer may counter-maneuver suddenly. Brake appropriately, but stay in
your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal when a driver swerves
to avoid a deer and instead collides with oncoming traffic or a fixed
structure along the road.
* Report any deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency
* Obey the state's hands-free device law or, better yet, avoid any
distractions by refraining from using cellular devices while driving.
Motorists are encouraged to inform the Department of Transportation of dead
deer they find along the state highway system, and can share information at:
Municipal and county governments are responsible for removal of dead deer
from roads they maintain.
Peak rutting season for deer in New Jersey runs from late October,
throughout November, and into mid-December in all areas of the state,
beginning earliest in northern regions.
As a result of New Jersey's proactive deer management policies, the
estimated population of deer in New Jersey, derived from a formula based on
deer harvested in hunting seasons, is about 100,000, down from 204,000 in
This does not factor in high densities of deer inhabiting areas where
hunting is not permitted. The DEP's Community-Based Deer Management Permit
program is available to help municipalities control deer in areas where
sport hunting is not a viable management tool.
For more information about white-tailed deer in New Jersey, visit:
For more information on the Community-Based Deer Management Program, visit:
ANNOUNCEMENT: Register for the Hours of Service: How Familiar are You Question and Answer session
We invite you to attend a live Hours of Service (HOS) Question and Answer session with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) subject matter expert Tom Yager, Chief of the Driver and Carrier Operations Division, and Peter Chandler, Lead Transportation Specialist in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Passenger Carrier Division.
The Hours of Service regulations address the number of hours that a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver may be on the road and the number of hours a CMV driver may be on duty before a required period of rest. In addition, the regulations address permitted driving time based upon a driver’s on-duty hours in a “work week.”
This hour-long session will allow participants the opportunity to submit HOS related questions and have them answered by FMCSA’s HOS Subject Matter Experts. Participants may email their questions in advance of the live question and answer session to NTCHost@dot.gov or submit their questions during the session.
There are two different participation options for each session. Choose the option that works best for you and register to receive the participation information.
Thursday, October 19, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Online Webinar: To register in Adobe Connect, please click here.
Conference Line: To register in Adobe Connect, please click here.
Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Closed Captioning will be provided.
Point of Contact: If you have any questions regarding these sessions please contact NTCHost@dot.gov.
NJ&NYC have strict idling laws, truckers are reminded idling more than 3 minutes is prohibited on port roadways & terminal property fines can exceed $250/infraction
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on Dec. 18, 2017. The out-of-service criteria (OOSC) associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect on April 1, 2018.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) congressionally mandated ELD compliance deadline is still set for Dec. 18, 2017. On that date, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD. Beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15.
This announcement does not impact enforcement of the OOSC for other hours-of-service violations.
CVSA supports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule. However, setting an April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations.
CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased-in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in regulatory requirements. The CVSA Board of Directors, in consultation with FMCSA and the motor carrier industry, agreed that the phased-in approach to implementation of the ELD requirements outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement.
A letter was sent to FMCSA notifying the agency of CVSA’s commitment to implementing the new requirement, as scheduled, on Dec. 18, 2017, and noting the April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC.
For more information about the ELD rule, visit FMCSA’s ELD implementation website.
Everyone who uses the roads has a role to play in safety. This includes large trucks and buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.
This contest lets children in kindergarten through sixth grade (ages 5-12) use their creativity and talent to help raise awareness of how to stay safe on the roads.
Click below to download our contest entry form or get ideas for your artwork!
One Grand Prize Winner and five Honorable Mention winners will be chosen for each of two categories:
*As of June 18, 2017
For each of the award categories, one Grand Prize Winner and five Honorable Mention winners will be chosen.
All 12 winners will receive a certificate of recognition and have their artwork featured in a 2018 calendar. The artists will also be featured in a press release, highlighted on multiple social media sites, and featured on the FMCSA website.
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