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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 10-16, 2017, is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. These 3.5 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, they also keep our highways safe.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to control their victims. Any minor engaged in commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking. Trafficking can occur in many locations, including truck stops, restaurants, rest areas, brothels, strip clubs, private homes, etc. Truckers are the eyes and the ears of our nation’s highways. If you see a minor working any of those areas or suspect that the person selling sex is under someone else’s control in order to make a quota, call the National Hotline and report your tip: 1-888-3737-888(US) – 1-800-222-TIPS (Canada) Test INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733)
For law enforcement to open an investigation on your tip, they need “actionable information”. Specific tips helpful when reporting to the hotline would include:
Descriptions of cars (make, model, color, license plate number, etc.) and people (height, weight, hair color, eye color, age, etc.) Take a picture if you can.
Specific times and dates (When did you see the event in question take place? What day was it?
Addresses and locations where suspicious activity took place
MAKE THE CALL – SAVE LIVES
Questions to Ask:
Do you keep your own money? If not, who does?
Do your parents/siblings/relatives know where you are? If not, why not?
When was the last time you saw your family?
Are you physically or sexually abused? Are you or your family threatened? What is the nature of the threats?
Trafficking Red Flags to Look For:
Lack of knowledge of their community or whereabouts
Restricted of controlled communication-not allowed to speak for self
CB chatter about “commercial company” or flashing lights signaling “buyer” location
Not in control of own identification documents (ID/passport)
Any acknowledgement that she/he has a pimp and is making a quota
Signs of branding or tattooing of trafficker’s name (often on the neck)
Effective May 4, 2017 to June 3, 2017
In response to severe spring storms causing massive flooding, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency declaration to waive certain federal regulations under the authority of 49 CFR 390.23, for carriers who participate in emergency relief efforts.
While this declaration is in effect, participating carriers are relieved from compliance with 49 CFR parts 395 (hours of service regulations).
Carriers may benefit from the waiver while under load and when returning either empty or with loads directly related to the emergency relief efforts.
Carriers should carry a copy of the declaration in the vehicle while operating in response to the relief efforts.
NONE of the emergency provisions apply to carriers who are not directly involved in the emergency relief efforts or delivery of essential services or supplies.
Carriers must read and understand the attached emergency declaration. In the event this note contradicts any information in the declaration, the declaration language shall rule.
Thanks to Scott Marion, Motor Carrier Services Director Missouri Department of Transportation, for speaking to our Council of Safety Supervisors about Truckers Against Trafficking. To those who were unable to attend, the presentation is available by clicking on the link: Truckers Against Trafficking Presentation.
Wildfires in states west of Missouri are consuming large swaths of livestock pasture. As a result, livestock producers are in great need of animal feed. In order to streamline relief efforts, the Missouri Department of Transportation, at the request of Gov. Eric Greitens and in consultation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is waiving travel time restrictions for those hauling oversize loads of hay in Missouri to one of the affected states.
The Emergency Declaration for the destination state can be downloaded and printed from the FMCSA website https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency A copy of the permit must be carried with the load and will be recognized by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Oversize permits are required of loads exceeding 8’6” in width. Through April 8, 2017, permits for overwide loads of hay will:
– Be issued free of charge
– Be issued up to 12’ wide (load length, height and weight must remain within legal limits)
– Allow travel during curfew hours and at night
These continuous movement oversize permits are only available to those hauling hay in direct response to disaster relief efforts.
Drivers must abide by all other permit regulations including the use of reflective oversize load signs and clearance lights instead of flags at the edges of loads when hauling at night or when visibility is less than 500 feet.
For assistance obtaining an oversize permit, carriers may contact MoDOT Motor Carrier Services at 1-800-877-8499 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The American Transportation Research Institute continues to update and maintain a listing of state and local idling regulations on its website, www.atri-online.org. Two new idling regulations were added to the compendium in this latest update. The listing is provided in two forms, an online compendium which provides detailed information and Internet links to each of the 60 state and local regulations which have been identified; and a cab card which provides a consolidated listing of the state and local limits, The cab card is designed to be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.
ATRI provides the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the myriad of state and local idling regulations.