A load at rest is a load at risk!
Cargo thieves do not take holidays off, they use the holiday season to capitalize on poorly coordinated dispatch. Cargo thieves are always on the lookout for unattended equipment loaded with High Risk Cargo (HRC) or other lucrative cargo which is easily marketed for a quick profit. It takes less than 5 minutes for a cargo thief to steal your truck, trailer and load.
With approaching holidays in Canada and the United States, Landstar is reminding all BCOs, Carriers and 3rd Party Logistics providers to be mindful of their trucks, trailers and cargo during this high-risk time.
Businesses will be closed as Canada celebrates Canada Day on Wednesday July 1st and Friday, July 3rd for Independence Day in the U.S.
Here are some tips to keep you secure:
- Verify your shipper’s and receiver’s holiday schedule.
- Remember to use your locks!
- HRC cannot be taken home for any reason.
- Secure yards available across the country, but they fill up quickly around holidays.
If you need assistance, contact Landstar Security and Cargo Loss Prevention at 800-872-9103.
April is Distracted Driver Awareness month and to combat distracted driving, the Department of Transportation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is leading an effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel.
The campaign, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” is an effort designed to crack down on distracted driving nationwide. From April 10th through the 15th, state and local law enforcement will aggressively ticket drivers who are found to be texting or using their mobile devices while driving.
The NHTSA campaign is also designed to save lives. NHTSA data shows at least 3,154 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013 and that 424,000 Americans were injured in distracted driving accidents.
NHTSA recommends motorists follow these guidelines in order to prevent distracted driving:
- Turn off electronic devices and put them out of reach before driving
- Be good role models for young drivers, talk to teens about distracted driving
- Speak up if you are a passenger and the driver is using their electronic device while driving
- Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the biggest defense against unsafe drivers
Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a variety of creative campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. You can learn more about the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign on the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving: http://www.distraction.gov/
Follow this link from the NHTSA for more information and statistics on distracted driving: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812132.pdf.