In 1991, with the enactment of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, Congress directed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to educate the driving public about how to safely share the road with trucks and buses. In response, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) introduced the No-Zone or Share the Road Program in 1994. Its goal was to increase awareness of the No-Zones – danger areas like blind spots – around commercial vehicles. This program has become a major priority of MCM; and our willingness to not just maintain the program, but to expand it, statewide will be our legacy.
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Directly following a successful Truck Driving Championships in Helena, the Billings safety council continued on with three days of Share the Road events at three Billings high schools. Although the numbers were down slightly, 575 students were trained how to share the road with semi- trucks as they were also given safe driving tips that they can use the rest of their lives. Joining us for the Billings event were four members of Americas Road Team. In attendance were, Ralph Garcia from Rio Rancho, NM, Wayne Crowder from Lanesville, IN, Steve Fields from Independence, MO and David May from West Seneca, NY. After a well-deserved day of fishing at Fort Peck on Father’s Day they were ready to get the message out.
I would like to express my thanks to the following business for their help in staging this event. Diversified Transfer and Storage, Diversified Truck Leasing, Watkins & Shepard Trucking, Ankrum Trucking, Corcoran Trucking, Conway Freight, Hansers Automotive, Motor Power Equipment Company, Motor Carriers of Montana and Attention to Detail. I would also like to thank KULR-TV for the press coverage of the event. It is this kind of commitment to education and the industry that shows trucking in the positive light it so richly deserves.
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