DOT Officer Highlights Commercial Truck Route Safety

DOT Officer Matt Macik, a Texas City Police Department officer who specializes in commercial vehicle enforcement, visited our Texas City location last week to speak about commercial vehicle routes and rules in and around Texas City. The presentation took place at the branch office’s weekly safety meeting, with more than 30 drivers, diesel technicians, dispatchers and office staff attending.

Texas City, approximately 35 miles southeast of Houston and straddling I-45 and Galveston Bay, is home to some of the world’s largest refining and petrochemical complexes, and a focal point for industrial and commercial activity. Like many cities across our region, Texas City has enacted truck route ordinances to improve safety, reduce noise and decrease road damage associated with increased heavy truck traffic.

Officer Macik explained Texas City restricts large commercial vehicles to certain roads that can handle the heavier trucks, and prohibits through traffic and shortcuts through smaller streets and residential areas. The goal of these laws is to require truck drivers to use the safest and shortest routes possible to reach their destinations without allowing shortcuts through neighborhoods and residential streets. 

Sprint Waste Safety Manager Robert Blanco said he invited Macik to the safety meeting to make sure Sprint Waste drivers understand the rules in Texas City and the reasons behind them. “More and more cities across our region are enacting these truck route ordinances, and it’s not always easy for drivers to understand which roadways are prohibited,” Blanco said. “We service numerous large client sites in and around Texas City, so we want to make sure we’re on the right side of these ordinances. That means our drivers and dispatchers need to know exactly which roads are prohibited before the route begins.”

Officer Macik was generous with his time and knowledge, and took extra time to answer drivers’ questions after the session,” Blanco added. “Our thanks go out to him and the entire Texas City Police Department for supporting our safety efforts and for their service to our community.”