Hot Sheet
A Weekly Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
March 12, 2024
Chain law on I-70 is now in effect! Carry chains or AutoSocks and use them when needed, on all highways.
In This Issue:
Trucking foundation mounts fentanyl awareness campaign
CDOT using new technology to control traffic speeds on I-70
Join us for the Safety Awards Banquet!
Road-Aware Interview on Heavy Duty Trucking
Trucking Training Series
Join for the TopTech Competition
Red Cross CPR/AED Certification Seminar
ATRI Issues Call for Annual Operational Costs Data Collection
Save the Date for the 65th Annual Rendezvous
Save the Date for Clay Shoot and Golf!
Ray Smith Scholarship Applications Open
Know Before You Go
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Trucking foundation mounts fentanyl awareness campaign with wraps

The American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Cares Foundation and Facing Fentanyl have joined forces to sound the alarm about the increasing threat of the illicit fentanyl epidemic.


Cities and towns nationwide are awash in lethal fentanyl. DEA reports that at least 7 in 10 counterfeit pills are deadly.  


Fentanyl poisoning claims the lives of over 70,000 Americans each year, with a fentanyl-related death occurring approximately once every five minutes.  Fentanyl continues to be the number one killer of adults 18-45, and children under 14 are dying of fentanyl poisoning faster than any other age group. The trucking industry is fighting to reverse these statistics.  


Read the full Truckers News Article here.

CDOT using new technology to control traffic speeds on I-70 
Join us for the Safety Awards Banquet on April 12th!
The Safety Management Council of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association is pleased to host the 2024 Safety Awards Banquet. This is a great opportunity to recognize companies, drivers, and safety professionals for their dedication to highway safety.
Road-Aware Interview on Heavy Duty Trucking
Watch our very own member, Brian Bullock, and Road-Aware, discuss safe driving for conditions on Heavy Duty Trucking.

Colorado Motor Carriers Maintenance Council Announces Dates for the TopTech Competition


The 2024 Colorado State TopTech Skills Competition will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the Lincoln College of Technology Denver Campus 11194 E. 45th Ave. Denver, CO 80239. 

Encourage your technicians to participate in the Colorado TopTech Skills Competition. Please make copies for your technicians.  


Click here to Register.


Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities. 
Red Cross CPR/AED Seminar on April 17th
Stay late after the April Board meeting to get your CPR/AED certification from the Red Cross. 
The seminar will be held from 1pm-4pm on April 17th, and cost to attend is $175/student. 





ATRI Issues Call for Motor Carriers to Participate in Annual Operational Costs Data Collection



Washington, D.C. – The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a request for motor carriers to participate in ATRI’s annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.


ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking is one of the most trusted resources in the industry for benchmarking costs and operations. ATRI collects data confidentially from for-hire motor carriers of all sectors, regions, and sizes – from 1-truck owner-operators to 10,000-truck fleets – to produce insights on key industry trends that guide decision-makers of all kinds.


Cost metrics requested by ATRI include driver pay, insurance premiums, and equipment lease or purchase payments. Carriers and owner-operators can submit these costs for the year 2023 on a per-mile or per-hour basis with an easy-to-use online data entry form or an emailed PDF form. Additional questions cover operational metrics such as the percentage of empty miles, dwell time per stop, and driver turnover.


All participating motor carriers receive a customized report that compares their fleet’s costs and operations to peer carriers of the same sector and size, as well as an advance copy of the full report.


“We contribute data to ATRI’s Operational Costs every year because its findings are indispensable to our operations,” said Jason Higginbotham, Ozark Motor Lines Chief Financial Officer. “The customized peer-group analysis provides us an essential update on how our fleet performs, while the full report allows us to identify industry-wide trends and communicate them to our partners.”


For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, April 26, 2024. ATRI’s data collection form is available online here, along with a sample customized report and FAQ. All confidential information is protected, and it is published only in anonymized, aggregate form.


ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.


Join us as the Allied Conference hosts the annual Sporting Clay Shoot – bring your friends, co-workers and customers.  Sponsors provide breakfast, lunch and fun prizes; so this is a great opportunity to be recognized as a food and beverage or a station sponsor.  This is such a fun event that you don’t want to miss it. 


View sponsorship opportunities here. Registration coming soon!

The Allied Conference hosts a yearly golf tournament at some of Colorado’s most beautiful golf courses in the state. This is a friendly scramble-style tournament so bring your customers, friends and co-workers too. View sponsorship opportunities here. Registration coming soon! 

Apply for a Scholarship Today!
This is a yearly scholarship program sponsored by the Colorado Motor Carriers Foundation. We encourage all of our member companies to spread the word about this valuable program throughout your driver, mechanic, and safety management teams. This scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors or college bound returning students who intend to enter a technical/diesel/mechanical school or an accredited college.
Download an ACADEMIC Application to apply!
Download a VOCATIONAL Application to apply!
Deadline to apply is May 3, 2024!
 Know Before You Go
I-70 Bridges over Ward Road
Downtown Estes Loop Project
US 285/CO 9 Intersection Improvements & Bridge Replacement
Note: Oversized loads in excess of 11 feet will not be permitted on US 285 in Fairplay by the bridge during overnight hours on Feb. 6 
US 50 Little Blue Creek Improvements
I-25 Bridge Preventative Maintenance in Adams County
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