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20 May 2008
Highway Watch Going Out of Business

Is this a waste of government money or what?  This makes me mad! 


Hard times seems to be the word of the day in the trucking industry.  The American Trucking Association (ATA) just lost government funding for the “Highway Watch” program. They were getting about $10 million a year. 

The Department of Homeland Security just awarded a new $15.5 million dollar contract to HMS Company to fund an anti-terrorism and security awareness program for highway professionals in support of the National Preparedness Guidelines. Until this year, it had been administered through ATA and was referred to as the “Highway Watch” program.  

A report by the Homeland Security inspector general found that over 10 months the program administered by ATA spent nearly $10 million on administration and marketing, even though it had only about 14 direct employees.  The report also indicates that ATA was using the program as an advertising vehicle. 

The program is supposed to train truck drivers as well as other transportation professionals, to recognize potential safety and security threats. It was established in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001.  The State of Georgia requires this training prior to issuing a CDL. Probably others do too or will soon follow.   

So a bunch of suits get paid phenomenal wages to develop a program that requires drivers to get training and they earn all the money.  I got an idea – since the training is Internet based – I'll post the training on the web – look for suspicious stuff – pay drivers $100 dollars to take the one hour course – pretty good pay – and in one year there will be 150,000 drivers with a 'Highway Watch” certificate – you print it out from my site.  If you see something suspicious, call 911 and say this is a “Highway Watch” report.  All the 911 operators report to Homeland Security once a month so a big report can be compiled.  In 36 months there will be 450,000 trained drivers.  Hell, most drivers report suspicious stuff all the time for free.  I'll bet most consider it their responsibility as Americans. 

Better yet give drivers a tax break for taking the course – that could be worth more than the $100 and would help drivers that are struggling. 

Instead there will be some huge program where rich folks get richer and the guy at the bottom does all the work.  If you think I might be right, please copy this and forward it to your elected representative ( Representative) (Senator) –  tell them George Wilkins asked you to do it!  I get tired of crap like this – they're wasting our money! 

Posted by george wilkins at 9:49 AM  |  LINK to this post  |  4 comment s  |  Subscribe


You obviously knew nothing about HWW. It was a great SAFETY PROGRAM long before they started training us to identify Terrorists. Anyway...shouldn't you be on strike with the rest of the lazy OOIDA scumbags? You are a dumb ass... 35 years I've drove truck and never read or heard such ignorance. You Sir...are a fool.
Posted by Bill Gillen on July 24, 2008 at 12:14 AM


Your commentary is right on target. This has happened in every aspect of security because the TSA DHS et al are enept, unskilled and surely uneducated on the real world. They each have an agenda, the ability to milk a situation for life, friends in the business and the motivation of every beltway bandit, greed. For 7 years our gov under every adminstrator has failed to offer any viable approach to cargo security on the roads, ports, air and rail. They have wasted billions but made sure the Unisis's of the world made big bucks. It will never change and just getting frustrated about it will accomplish nothing. I have been preaching this for years. I am glad someone else understands. Sincerely, erik hoffer
Posted by Erik Hoffer on September 8, 2008 at 11:27 AM


Administrator has failed to offer any viable approach to cargo security on the roads, ports, air and rail. They have wasted billions but made sure the Unisis's of the world made big bucks. It will never change and just getting frustrated about it will accomplish nothing. I have been preaching this for years. I am glad someone else understands.
Posted by harionamitech on September 15, 2008 at 8:26 PM


This is an excellent post! I am a Marine and a 15 year veteran trucker. I was always leary of this highway watch program. It is no surpise that this program ended up being all about helping the ATA boost its own revenue through advertising. I was just thinking about what I could do to help fight the war on terror and went to the Highway Watch website. Of course it says that the TSA is taking over the program and doing their own version. I want to support any efforts to aid in the war on terror, but to see millions of wasted dollars. My tax dollars that I have paid in the amount of tens of thousands are just being given to whoever kisses the right behind.
Posted by Wayne on October 31, 2009 at 6:46 PM