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Truck & Bus Traffic Enforcement

Class Length: 4 hours
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Purpose of Training:

Large trucks and buses have been wreaking havoc on Texas highways for many years.In fact, Texas consistently leads the nation in large truck fatalities and has one of thehighest rates of bus fatalities each year. Even though there are designated officers whose focus is on commercial motor vehicle traffic enforcement, there are simply not enough to reduce the number of crashes, so they continue to increase. A successful strategy being adopted throughout the nation is to train and encourage non-CMV certified officers, to include local and county law enforcement members, to actively enforce common operator violations, i.e., speeding, disregard of a traffic signal, etc., by the drivers of trucks and buses, thereby reducing crashes and fatalities.

NOTE: This training especially important for agencies that have a CMV STEP grant or will have one in FY 2021.

Course Description:

The Truck & Bus Traffic Enforcement Training Program is presented at no cost to the participant and re-emphasizes the need for all sworn officers to engage large trucks and buses safely and effectively to reduce the rate of crash injuries and fatalities.

Target Audience:

This program is intended for non-CMV officers and county sheriff deputies and attendees will receive TCOLE CEU credits for the training.

Course Objectives:

  •  Identify the common traffic violations associated with truck and bus crashes.
  •  Understand the safety considerations for before, during and after a vehicle stop.
  •  Detect potential indicators of serious vehicle defects and/or criminal activity.
  •  Recognize the documentation required when conducting a truck or bus traffic stop.