As everyone is aware of the un-rest going in the US over the past week, we wanted to advise you to be cautious about your personal safety.

Most of the unrest that is causing personal safety concerns are taking place in city centres across the U.S and parts of Canada. We are monitoring the situation and receiving information from industry partners such as the MTA.

We strongly advise following the measures below. The safety of our drivers is our primary concern.

  • Stay at truck stops. Don’t stay overnight at the shipper/receiver lots. Stay at a truck stop and do your pick up/deliver in the morning
  • Check reports when you’re going through or near urban centres. Most of the protests are taking place in the evenings and at night. There are reports of Interstates being blocked and trucks being targeted
  • Observe and follow all local curfews that are in place. (A list of current ones is below courtesy of the Manitoba Trucking Association)
  • Do not put yourself in a dangerous situation. If a pick up/delivery is delayed, call dispatch and other arrangements will be made
  • Call clients before arriving to ensure they are open and can receive you

If you have any questions or concerns please call dispatch immediately.

Current U.S places with curfews:

  • Arizona: Weeklong statewide curfew
  • California: Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, San Jose
  • Colorado: Denver
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida: Miami, Orange County, Jacksonville, Orlando
  • Georgia: Atlanta
  • Illinois: Chicago
  • Indiana: Indianapolis
  • Kentucky: Louisville
  • Michigan: Detroit
  • Minnesota: Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • Missouri: Kansas City
  • New Jersey: Atlantic City
  • New York: Rochester
  • Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo
  • Oregon: Portland, Eugene
  • Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
  • South Carolina: Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach
  • Tennessee: Nashville
  • Texas: Dallas, San Antonio
  • Utah: Salt Lake City
  • Virginia: Richmond
  • Washington: Seattle
  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison

State of disaster/emergency:

  • Arizona: The governor said the emergency declaration will allow police to “be equipped to make arrests of individuals who are planning to riot, loot or cause damage and unrest.”
  • Texas: This allows federal agents are able to serve as Texas peace officers.
  • Virginia: This allows for the mobilization of resources, including the Virginia National Guard, and pre-position people and equipment to assist cities addressing violent protests.

Other things to note:

The city of Chicago closed the central business district and the Loop area to only employees whose businesses are located in the business and residents who live in the central business district.

Major highways into and out of Minneapolis-St Paul were closed Sunday night-Monday morning.