Trucking news and briefs for Friday, June 12, 2020:
Drivewyze adds Iowa rest areas, truck stops to parking alerts
Iowa has joined the list of states that are now included in Drivewyze’s Parking Alerts, a free service for Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass subscribers.
The system will alert drivers if a rest area is open or closed and also provide the number of parking spots available. In addition, Drivewyze is providing the number of parking spaces available at select truck stops and other locations that offer truck parking in Iowa.
A total of 22 Iowa locations with more than 500 parking spots along I-80, I-35 and I-29 are in the Drivewyze system.
Drivers will receive in-cab notifications when they are 25 miles out from a location, then the information will be updated again when they are 5 miles out.
New York police cracking down on speeding through Wednesday
Through Wednesday, June 17, New York State Police is conducting its annual “Speed Week” enforcement blitz. Troopers will be more watchful that normal for anyone breaking the speed limit, especially in work zones. The crackdown began Thursday, June 11.
They will also be targeting drivers violating the state’s “Move Over” law requiring drivers to move over when approaching emergency or hazard vehicles on the side of roadways with their lights on.
“Speeding is a significant safety hazard on our highways, which often results in tragic consequences,” said New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. “We urge all motorists to obey posted speed limits and eliminate distractions while behind the wheel. Troopers will be highly visible this week and throughout the summer to ensure all motorists are obeying posted speed limits and driving safely.”
During the June 2019 Speed Week campaign, troopers issued 24,770 total tickets, including 13,016 for speeding, 571 for distracted driving and 416 for violations of the Move Over law.