Friday, November 2, 2007

Hijacked

Unfortunately, truckers are far more familiar with law enforcement inspection blitzes, all in the name of improving highway safety, than four-wheelers.

Aside from the Friday and Saturday night DWI checkpoints, you really don’t run into concerted efforts to rein in poor driving of passenger vehicles.

There was supposed to be just that in the last week of October – a concerted effort nationally to enforce highway safety laws and educate both CMV drivers and their four-wheeler counterparts.

The program was organized and set up by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Members of CVSA and their state, county and local partners were to spend a week cracking down on violations and educating drivers on the consequences of their mistakes.

Commendable idea. Terrible execution.

Judging from news reports from all over the country, the state, county and local law enforcement agencies participating targeted truckers, once again. There are states like Washington, Kansas and Kentucky to name a few who know the value of partnering with truckers to spot violations committed by four-wheelers. They were the exception.

Any benefit, any good that could have been achieved nationally out of this program was lost. Why these states chose to ignore passenger vehicles in their enforcement is beyond me. Chasing the all mighty dollar? Buying into the cliché that truckers are the big, bad, evil, reckless maniacs of the road? Who knows. Bottom line is they blew it.

Some good can come out of the program. A brochure was supposed to be handed out to anyone stopped during the enforcement blitz. It has some great information in it for four-wheelers.

You can click here to see the PDF.

A lot of you have teens in school. Talk to the driver’s ed teacher and offer to send them a copy of the brochure. Maybe your spouse at home has connections within the community or through various social groups.

It’s good info. If we can’t count on law enforcement to educate as they enforce, maybe we can all pick up the slack.