Celadon Trucking Services has announced that it has trained 100 percent of its drivers in the Highway Watch program. The truckload carrier is only the second among the industry’s top 100 trucking companies to reach the milestone.
Highway Watch is a national safety and security program that utilizes the skills, experience and “road smarts” of America’s transportation workers to help prevent terrorists from using large vehicles or hazardous cargoes as weapons, and to protect America’s critical highway transportation infrastructure. The program is administered by the American Trucking Associations under an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security.
“We feel very strongly about our responsibility as a truckload carrier to do our part for homeland security,” says Steve Russell, chairman and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Celadon. “Our participation in the program is an important step in making our company and our country more safe and secure.”
Russell, who serves as chairman of the ATA’s Homeland Security Policy Committee, has testified before Congress in regards to issues surrounding the transportation of hazardous materials. He also has been featured in Highway Watch’s “Be a Leader” industry awareness campaign that encourages more trucking companies to participate in the program.
“I applaud Celadon for the leadership they’ve shown in providing this very important safety and security training to every one of their drivers,” says Bill Jacobs, vice president of Highway Watch. “I thank them for the tremendous commitment they’ve made to keeping America safe.”