Truck drivers on the road next week (Oct. 18-24) can expect to encounter heightened traffic safety enforcement as part of the annual Operation Safe Driver Week. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) co-sponsors the week-long safety initiative to help minimize the number of crashes, deaths and injuries caused by crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars.
More than 40 “pilferage” events have occurred at truck stops and highway pull-offs in recent weeks along interstates in Arkansas, says FreightWatch International, prompting the cargo theft prevention firm to issue a warning to carriers and drivers along the affected routes.
The cargo theft events have taken place along I-40 between West Memphis, Ark., and Forrest City, Ark., and on I-55 between West Memphis and Turrell, Ark.
General preventive driving habits can make a big difference in winter driving safety. Before beginning any trip, remember to check the current road conditions and closures, weather forecast and local winter requirements such as use of tire chains. For highway information 24 hours a day, check your state’s Department of Transportation website.
Before departing, have a contingency plan for what you will do if weather conditions deteriorate.