Deborah Whistler

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Florida campaign targets unsafe driving around commercial trucks

This week the Florida Highway Patrol will kick off a campaign targeting aggressive driving around big rigs aimed at reducing commercial truck-related crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The program, called TACT — or Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks — combines outreach and education with targeted enforcement activities to raise awareness among car and truck drivers about safe driving behaviors.

Interstate Distributor Co. to pay nearly $5 million to settle disability suit

Interstate Distributor Co., a nationwide truckload carrier, will pay $4.85 million to settle a class disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of more than 200 former employees, the agency announced.

Registration now open for TCA’s annual Recruitment & Retention Conference

Truckload carriers seeking to gain an understanding of the “many, many media options and tools available to reach drivers wherever they are, however they communicate, and whatever their age,” are urged to register for the Truckload Carrier’s Assn. 10th annual Recruitment & Retention Conference.

The conference will be held Feb. 11-13, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel Nashville and, according to TCA, will provide fleet executives with the tools and strategies they need to solve the recruitment and retention puzzle.

Minnesota to close highway for bridge, painting work

The Minnesota Dept. of Transportation announced that Highway 169 in Edina and Eden Prairie will close 169 in both directions from Friday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 12.

Green Truck Summit registration open

Registration is now open for the Green Truck Summit, an educational forum on how the “green revolution” impacts vocational trucks held in conjunction with NTEA's The Work Truck Show. Next year’s Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 (8 a.m. to 6:15p.m.) and Wednesday, March 6 (8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.) at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

‘The People’s Tree’ transport to showcase clean diesel technology

The 73-ft.-tall spruce Christmas tree that will be illuminated outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. this Christmas season has started its 24-day journey from the White River National Forest in Colorado en route to the nation’s capital.

OOIDA joins fight against human trafficking

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. (OOIDA), is partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) in their efforts to “stop one of the nation’s most heinous and fastest growing crimes – human trafficking,” according to OOIDA President Jim Johnston.

Art contest urges truckers to buckle up for safety

The Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Safety Belt Partnership has announced its annual art contest for children, “Be Ready. Be Buckled,” aimed at raising awareness about seat belt usage in the commercial truck industry. The contest is open to children with a relative or sponsor in the truck and bus industries in grades K-6 (ages 5-12) and runs through Mar. 1, 2013.

The art contest focuses on urging commercial drivers to buckle up to saves lives and reduce injuries.

26 years later, State Route 840 finally opens

State Route 840, a 78-mi. stretch of divided highway that loops south of Nashville from Interstate 40 near Dickson to Interstate 40 near Lebanon, TN, is finally complete, taking more than 26 years to complete.

Washington State Patrol seeks witnesses to Interstate 5 truck fatality

Washington State Patrol detectives are seeking witnesses to a three-vehicle collision early Sunday morning, Nov. 4, 2012, that resulted in the death of a semi driver on southbound Interstate 5 near 336th St. in Federal Way, WA. 

DOT provide grants for texting ban enforcement demonstrations 5

The Dept. of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it is providing $550,000 to Connecticut and Massachusetts to help those states plan and conduct high-visibility anti-texting enforcement programs.

Arizona Trucking Assn.’s Rasmussen to lead Help Inc.

Karen Rasmussen, president & CEO of the Arizona Trucking Assn., has been chosen to lead Help Inc., the provider of PrePass and other commercial vehicle safety services, as the organization’s president & CEO, effective Nov. 15.

Rasmussen has been involved in all aspects of commercial vehicle operations including safety, education, enforcement, public relations, environmental protection, and local, state and federal advocacy.

Wyoming residents want truck ban on Teton Pass

Residents of Teton County Wyoming are seeking a ban on semis on the Teton Pass until transportation officials can ensure the safety of the steep mountain pass in the northwest of the state.

The residents are asking for stiffer fines for overweight trucks, a new runaway truck ramp and a manned weigh station on the west side of the pass to help prevent accidents.

Truck driver veterans to eat free at TA and Petro on Veteran’s Day

TravelCenters of America, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers, announced that it will provide complimentary meals to all truck drivers who are also veterans of the United States Armed Services this Veteran’s Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at participating TA and Petro sit-down restaurants across the United States.

The Veteran’s Day meals will be served at more than 170 participating Skillet, Country Pride and other full-service, home-style restaurants within TA and Petro Stopping Centers.

ATA announces finalists for 2013-2014 America's Road Team

The American Trucking Assns. has named 32 finalists in the selection process to become Captains on the 2013-2014 America's Road Team.

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