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Truckers As Auxiliary Police

January 26, 1999

Colorado is experimenting with a program to train truckers to supplement the state's highway patrol. Other states are expected to start their own programs soon.

  • The volunteer truckers report aggressive drivers, help stranded motorists, block off crash sites and call police to alert them to accidents and hazards.
  • Training is paid for by state and federal agencies and each trucker is assigned an identification number to prevent hoaxes.
  • Colorado started its "Highway Watch" program in November -- with California and Minnesota expected to adopt it in March.
  • Florida, Indiana and Pennsylvania are expected to launch in the spring.

Officials hope to have the program running in all states by December 2001.

Two hundred trained truckers in Colorado have made more than 150 calls since November 23 -- cutting police response time by nearly 50 percent.

Source: Scott Bowles, "Truckers to Act as Road 'Police,'" USA Today, January 25, 1999.


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