Photo/Story Gallery 2002

Why all the attention?

Highway Watch students/truckersProfessional truck drivers from Publix were all ears as they received specialized training from the Florida Highway Patrol recently in Deerfield Beach. The Highway Watch program, launched in 1999, is a highway safety initiative designed to utilize the skills, experience, and road smarts of Florida’s professional truck drivers to spot problems on Florida’s roadways and to report them to the Florida Highway Patrol in a rapid, reliable manner.

With assistance from the Florida Trucking Association (FTA), Florida Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officers provide Highway Watch training to approved, volunteer professional truck drivers recruited by the FTA. The training session covers what to look out for on the highway, how emergencies should be reported, safe and responsible cellular phone use, and other safety topics.

Lt. Burrows conducts Highway Watch training for Publix truck driversHighway Watch drivers report traffic crashes, stranded motorists, criminal activity, medical emergencies, treacherous weather conditions, dangerous traffic congestion, road rage, drunk driving, and potential hazards such as abandoned vehicles and roadway debris.

Pictured right: Lt. Pembrook Burrows conducts Highway Watch training for Publix truck drivers.

With Highway Watch’s advanced training, professional truck drivers know what to look for as they travel throughout Florida, and the proper way to make the report to FHP.

With the increasing integration of location and communications technologies in truck cabs, as well as having many years of safe driving experience under their belts, Florida’s professional truck drivers are able to instantly and clearly report to the FHP what they see and also exactly where they are located.