MOTOR CARRIER TRANSPORTATION DIVISION 550 CAPITOL ST NE SALEM OR 97301-2530
PRSRT STD US POSTAGE
SALEM, OR PERMIT No. 81
Truck Safety Hotline calls drop in 2000
Ran Stop Sign/ Signal 9
Spilled Load 16
Unsafe Lane Change 21
Careless Driving 23
Oregon’s Truck Safety Hotline took only 411 total calls last year from motorists who wanted to report some kind of truck-related problem they witnessed on Oregon highways. In a total of 253 of the calls enough information was provided to clearly identify the vehicle and company involved. Compared with 1999, the Hotline experienced a 63 percent drop in total calls and a 26 percent drop in identifiable incidents.
The Motor Carrier Transportation Division sent each of the 253 companies a safety advisory letter
asking that it look into the complaint, more than half of which involved reports of speeding or tailgating. All but 18 of the companies responded to the letter. In 180 of the cases, companies said they either counseled and/or reprimanded the driver involved. Ten drivers were reportedly fired as a result of a call to the Hotline.
Other includes: Forced car off road Alleged accident Impeding traffic Parking in no truck zone
Oregon established the toll-free Hotline in 1988 as a sane outlet for road rage. Motorists who spot trucking- related hazards can simply pick up a phone and call 1-800-248-6782, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Historically, the majority of calls report trucks speeding, tailgating, and changing lanes unsafely. Those bad driving habits are among the most common causes of truck-at-fault crashes.