Highway Watch unveils Web-based training program

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The American Trucking Associations’ Highway Watch program says it has enhanced its Internet-based training module for surface transportation professionals wishing to receive the program’s anti-terrorism and safety training. The only online training approved for the program, the system is designed to make it easier for truck drivers and other surface transportation professionals to receive the Highway Watch training.

It provides a temporary registration receipt for Georgia-based drivers who need to show proof of training in order to secure a Georgia commercial driver’s license as per state law. “We’re very excited about this Web-based training option,” says Bill Jacobs, Highway Watch vice president. “Not only does it significantly reduce operating costs for Highway Watch and our partners, but it makes it much easier for truck drivers and other surface transportation professionals to receive the training and certification.”

The Web-based system integrates elements from all of the currently available Highway Watch training modes, including audio, video and classroom instruction. The training also provides audio transcripts for hearing-impaired professionals. Trainees are required to watch the entire program, and questions are asked throughout the viewing to ensure that the trainee fully grasps the content. The program can be accessed at Highway Watch’s website; those wishing to take the training must fully register and provide current contact and employment information.

Highway Watch is a national program that trains highway sector professionals — such as truck drivers, school bus drivers, highway workers, law enforcement and first responders — to recognize and report suspicious activity and safety hazards. As part of the program, the Highway Watch Information Sharing and Analysis Center works with the Department of Homeland Security and other intelligence-gathering agencies to analyze data streams that could reveal terrorist activity.