Specially trained truckers may soon have the power to report aggressive drivers, block off crash sites and help stranded motorists in a handful of states. "Operation Highway Watch" has been on a trial run in the state of Colorado since fall of '98. Two hundred trained truckers in Colorado have made more than 150 calls since the end of November, says Colorado DOT, decreasing police response time by nearly half.
The program will expand to California and Minnesota in March. Florida, Indiana and Pennsylvania are scheduled to join in late spring. Each driver will be assigned his own handle, or special ID code and will report accidents, road rage, and bad weather. Truckers won't be able to arrest anyone, but will be able to call situations to the attention of authorities.