This week, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced the implementation of a traffic alert system designed to keep commercial vehicle drivers aware of upcoming traffic slowdowns to help them avoid crashes.
NJDOT announced the rollout of the commercial vehicle traffic alert system on January 11.
Officials say that the new system will provide truck drivers with in-cab traffic congestion updates and slowdown alerts via Drivewyze PreClear software for 647 miles of New Jersey’s highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway.
Drivers will be alerted to traffic backups or slowdowns two to three miles before they begin to allow them to slow down and prevent possible collisions.
“The ability to alert commercial vehicle drivers to unexpected traffic conditions will improve safety for everyone driving on New Jersey’s highways,” NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “By warning drivers of congestion that is miles ahead, drivers of large commercial vehicles will have the extra time needed to safely slow down.”
“The New Jersey Motor Truck Association applauds the efforts to provide advance safety alerts to commercial truck drivers via Drivewyze,” said Gail Toth of the NJ Motor Trucker Association. “These efforts will help to keep our workplace – the highways – safer for all.”