PrePass, a weigh station bypass, electronic toll payments and safety services platform, recently 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 5 miles away, and also notify them as they approach any of five runaway truck ramps along the route. Drivers also receive alerts for seven sites along I-70 where they can perform brake checks and/or complete truck tire chain-ups or removals during winter.
“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 the PrePass Safety Alliance, which developed the Colorado-specific alerts in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Motor Carriers Association.
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.
The 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.