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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Crime Prevention for Truckers

Project Goal:

To determine the prevalence of threats and assaults against minority and female truckers, to identify trends, and to understand potential impacts to the current truck driver shortage.


At the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), representatives from “Women in Trucking” (a nonprofit association) suggested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) develop crime prevention measures for truckers. This same suggestion was discussed during a subsequent teleconference with Women in Trucking. FMCSA currently does not provide materials or training to truckers, particularly minority and women truckers, on how to protect themselves from being stalked, harassed, assaulted, or robbed. Before any effective solutions to reducing harassment and assaults against truckers can be developed and implemented, there needs to be an understanding of the prevalence, seriousness, and nature of the problem.


In this project, the research team will collect data on the prevalence of crimes involving threats and assaults against minority and female truckers. In addition to conducting a literature review, the research team will survey a sample of the truck driver population, gathering data on how many female/minority drivers have been threatened or assaulted; the nature of the offenses (e.g., verbal threat, physical assault, etc.); times and locations of the incidents (e.g., day versus night; truck terminal, shipping dock, fueling station, etc.); and characteristics of both the perpetrators and the victims. The survey will also ask whether victims have reported the incidents to law enforcement officials, and if they have not reported the incidents, the survey will ascertain the reasons why. After the survey has been implemented and all data have been collected, the research team will analyze the data and identify any trends. Findings will be summarized in a final report and will be used in future Agency outreach and education initiatives.




October 2017: Kick-off meeting and project work plan. (X)



December 2017: Literature review complete. (X)



March 2018: Peer review meeting of data collection and analysis plan. (X)



April 2018: Obtain Institutional Review Board approval of survey protocol. (X)



January 2021: Obtain Office of Management and Budget approval of information collection request.



April 2021: Implement survey.



June 2021: Conduct analysis.



August 2021: Peer review meeting of draft final report.



September 2021: Submit final report and public-use dataset; brief FMCSA senior management on findings.




Total Funding: $ 285,831,00


 Battelle Memorial Institute

Last updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2021