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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DRIVERS ENTERING AREAS OF CIVIL UNREST:
Unfortunately, civil unrest has reared its ugly head again – – if it ever really left us, right?!? To help keep all Professional Drivers safe, the American Trucking Association’s Safety Management Council (SMC) and the Transportation Security Council (TSC) has provided some very helpful recommendations for all Drivers and motor carriers operating in areas of protest and civil unrest. Please refer to the end of this announcement to review the ATA’s recommendations. As always, your safety is our #1 priority.
COLORADO’S CHAIN LAW GOES INTO EFFECT NEXT WEEK:
With summer still in full swing, it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again — next week, Colorado’s Chain law goes into effect. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, “Commercial vehicles operating on I-70 in either direction between milepost 133 – Dotsero and 259 – Morrison (basically on I-70 between Morrison and Edwards) from September 1 to May 31 must carry sufficient chains at all times to be compliant with Colorado chain law. This is the only area in Colorado in which chains must be carried during the specific season.” The law applies to all CMVs with a gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds or more.
BEWARE OF THE FOLLOWING FINES:
- Not Carrying Chains on I-70 $50 + $17 surcharge
- Not chaining up when the chain law is in effect statewide $500 + $79 surcharge
- Blocking a highway as a result of not chaining up $1,000 + $157 surcharge
COVID-19 – – FACE COVERINGS AND TEMPERATURE CHECKS ARE NOW REQUIRED:
For your safety and the safety of others around you, and in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, face coverings and temperture checks are now required at DTL. In order to meet the recommendations of the CDC, please put on your mask and stop for a temperature check before entering any of our Decker facilities. If you don’t have one, stop for a good-looking DTL mask! PLEASE REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR MASK OR FACE COVERING OFTEN, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP THESE CLEAN. THANK YOU!
Recommendations for Professional Drivers Entering Areas of Social Unrest
The American Trucking Associations, ATA Safety Management Council (SMC) and the ATA Transportation Security Council (TSC) provides the following recommendations for professional drivers and motor carriers operating in areas of protest and social unrest.
The ongoing protests across our nation has put the trucking industry and professional drivers on the frontline once again. Remaining safe and secure is the number one priority and taking proper precautions when operating in these areas can protect drivers.
While it is impossible to plan for each situation, there are key safety and security measures professional drivers can take when operating in areas with potential unrest. Below is a list of recommended practices to help professional drivers remain safe and secure:
- Immediately report any emergency situation to local law enforcement by calling 911.
- Avoid areas of unrest. Exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
- Plan for road closures. If your route brings you through an area that has seen protests, check for local news, with your dispatcher, or the safety department to make sure interstates and roads along the route are open and the area you are delivering to is safe.
- Contact the delivery location for current and timely situations and conditions. Traffic conditions are constantly changing.
- Remain in regular communication with your dispatcher to provide travel updates.
- Plan ahead, try to make deliveries in areas of unrest during the day, at night park in well-lit, safe areas.
- Assess every situation prior to exiting the cab of your truck. If danger or exposure to large gatherings in the form of protest exist, abort delivery operations.
- Conduct thorough pre-trip inspections before departing domiciled locations; eliminate maintenance breakdowns from the equation.
- Always keep doors locked and windows closed. Remove keys from unattended vehicles an ensure trailer locking and latching mechanisms are functioning properly.
- If you encounter a gathering, stop your vehicle and do not drive through. Avoid any interaction and do not provoke the group.
- If available, utilize your in-cab camera in an unsafe situation to document your surroundings.
- Maintain continuous contact with your dispatcher and safety department for specific operation procedures and follow company policy.