With a send-off from top state police and transportation safety officials, the state of New York, the New York State Motor Truck Assn. (NYSMTA), and the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) today joined the national Highway Watch safety and security program. New York is the twelfth state to enlist in what ATA calls its "trucking army."
In cooperation with the New York State Police, New York-based professional truck drivers will receive Highway Watch safety and anti-terrorism security training. The lessons they receive will enable them to observe and report national security and highway safety threats to proper authorities in New York.
The goal of the trucking army, ATA said, is to make certain that a truck is never used as a weapon.
“It is very gratifying to see the trucking community working in close cooperation with members of law enforcement to improve the safety of our roadways and the security of the citizens of the State of New York,” said James W. McMahon, superintendent of the New York State Police.