The upcoming safety initiative for the trucking industry, CSA 2010 is beginning to show signs of becoming a big money maker for the States. According to a report received from a driver, a Georgia state officer was reported as saying that the State of Georgia is currently in the process of hiring and training 200 – 300 law enforcement officers that will perform DOT inspections on truck drivers when trucks are pulled over for any type of violation within the CSA 2010 safety analysis.
Due to the recession, many municipalities experienced cutting back on police officers and other law enforcement personnel due to city, county and state budgets. Thanks to the new safety plan for the trucking industry, it appears states are beginning to see a huge windfall of income. If this is true, Georgia and other states that will surely follow, must be looking at CSA 2010 as their means of a new plan for profit.
If the state of Georgia can come up with enough money to hire, train and pay for 200 – 300 more officers, then they must be looking at CSA 2010 on paying the bill. Of course, who will really be paying the bill are the truck drivers and the motor carriers.
Can you see the abuse of a new trucking safety plan taking place? You can come up with new safety initiatives and programs every day to help stop unsafe behavior, but you can never stop political greed.
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