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Highway ISAC asks truckers to watch CB language

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) is asking truckers to use discretion...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) is asking truckers to use discretion when chatting over the CB radio.

A number of incidents have recently resulted in law enforcement launching investigations as a result of CB chatter among truckers that was overheard and misconstrued. Usually, the reported transmissions were taken out of context, but law enforcement has had to devote time and manpower to looking into the situation.

As a result, the Highway ISAC is appealing to truckers to use “airport etiquette” when chatting on the CB radio. The organization says just as passengers can’t use certain words such as “bomb” or “terrorist” at an airport, professional drivers should refrain from using language which could be taken out of context.

“In the spirit of this consciousness being applied to air transportation, we therefore request the same effort to avoid phrases and/or words that may be misconstrued or taken out of context be paid by professionals in the highway sector,” the Highway ISAC said in a release. “When using CB radios, remember, you are being overheard! No CB conversation is a private one, and a person may overhear your transmission and notify the authorities.”

The organization goes on to request truckers refrain from using words such a: bomb; gun; kill; terrorist; blow up; attack; or anything else that may frighten someone who overhears the conversation.

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