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Decker Truck Line Inc adopts SmartDrive video-based program

Nov. 9, 2017
Decker Truck Line chose the SmartDrive video-based safety program after a competitive review.

Decker Truck Line Inc has selected the SmartDrive video-based safety program. Decker Truck Line executives conducted a competitive review and after speaking with multiple existing SmartDrive customers, chose to forego a pilot program and install the safety solution across its entire fleet of 800 refrigerated and flatbed trucks.

By skipping a trial period, Decker Truck Line was able to achieve safety improvements and driver exonerations faster, resulting in significant cost savings. With hands-on support of the SmartDrive implementation team and open communication with drivers, the fleet experienced a smooth onboarding process.

“We already knew we wanted a video-based system to boost safety and exonerate our drivers; it was just a matter of selecting the right program,” said Joey O’Brion, vice-president of safety at Decker Truck Line. “We really did our homework and contacted numerous SmartDrive customers about their experience, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Additionally, we were drawn to the SmartDrive focus on partnership and their commitment to working with us to help achieve our safety and operational goals—both short-term and long-term.”

O’Brion said another strong selling point of the SmartDrive solution is that it is a fully managed service. SmartDrive expert analysts review and prioritize all recorded events, allowing Decker Truck Line management to concentrate on the most important, highest-risk incidents, while saving time and resources.

Headquartered in Iowa, Decker Truck Line was founded in 1931 by brothers Loren and Dale Decker. More than 85 years later, the company is still in the family under the leadership of Dale’s son, Don Decker, who has continued a longstanding commitment to safety, customer service and a dynamic company culture that puts employees and drivers first.

Before choosing to adopt the SmartDrive program, Decker Truck Line management surveyed company drivers asking their opinions about video-based safety technology, and the vast majority were in favor of it. Management also worked with the Driver Council Committee—a group of Decker employees that includes 10 drivers who meet to discuss company processes and procedures—to get their feedback on the program. All drivers on the council volunteered to be among the first to implement the technology in their trucks, and quickly embraced the solution.

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