PHOENIX, AZ and GOLDEN, CO, August 16, 2019 – PrePass, the trucking industry’s premier weigh station bypass, electronic toll payments and safety services platform, today added new truck driver safety alerts for mountainous areas along Interstate 70 in Colorado.
PrePass ALERTS™ are a feature of the MOTION™ weigh station bypass mobile application. The alerts notify truck drivers of steep grades ahead from a distance of approximately five miles away, and also notify them as they approach any of five runaway truck ramps along the route. Drivers will also receive alerts for seven sites along I-70 where they can perform brake checks and/or during winter, complete truck tire chain-ups or removals.
PrePass Safety Alliance developed the Colorado-specific alerts in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Motor Carriers Association. The alerts were announced during a live demonstration earlier today at the Park-n-Ride lot at the I-70 and Genesee Park interchange, near Golden, west of Denver.
The PrePass alerts are part of a broader truck safety campaign in Colorado called “The Mountain Rules,” reminding truck drivers about the dangers of steep mountain grades and the steps they need to take to safely navigate these stretches of highway.
“These dynamic alerts will improve highway safety by notifying truck drivers well in advance of steep grades and sites where they can check their brakes,” said Terry Maple, regional director for PrePass Safety Alliance. Maple, former Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, said the additional alerts will minimize distractions because they require no interaction on the part of the driver.
PrePass Safety Alliance provides other driver safety alerts across the country, including high wind locations, steep grades, traffic work zones and no commercial vehicle access roads. In the near future, the Alliance plans to expand the Colorado-type alerts to other states with similar terrain. ALERTS™ is available as part of the MOTION™ weigh station bypass app on both Android and iOS powered smart phones, tablets and selected in-cab telematics devices.
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ABOUT PREPASS SAFETY ALLIANCE
PrePass Safety Alliance (formerly HELP Inc.), is the non-profit provider of PrePass weigh station bypass and toll payment services. The Alliance was formed in 1993 by trucking industry leaders, enforcement agencies and state DOTs to improve the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry. The organization’s Board of Directors is comprised of an equal number of industry and government representatives to ensure that services are balanced between safety and efficiency. To date, the Alliance has invested more than $700 million nationwide to deploy services to improve safety, reduce truck-related emissions and preserve highway infrastructure. For more information about the organization, visit www.prepassalliance.org.
PrePass® is the most utilized and technologically advanced weigh station bypass platform in North America. PrePass helps qualified commercial motor carriers to stay on schedule and safely bypass inspection facilities at highway speeds. PrePass offers customers options with the 100% reliability of the PrePass transponder and convenience of the MOTION™ bypass app. PrePass services also include electronic toll payments, a concise overview of the fleet’s safety and tolling performance with the INFORM™ dashboards, PrePass ELD™ and mobile ALERTS™. Over 600,000 commercial vehicles from pre-qualified fleets utilize PrePass services. For more information about PrePass products, visit www.prepass.com.