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Fifteen Texas employers who have demonstrated a proven commitment to traffic safety have been recognized by the National Safety Council through the Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards program.
Awards are presented annually in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation.
In 2017, award recipients ranged from businesses with as few as 13 employees to as many as 20,000, and from nonprofits to municipal organizations. It is the first time winners were selected in three different categories, and the number of recipients was record-breaking – a nod to the level of commitment employers in Texas have made to protecting employees on the road.
“As traffic fatalities continue rising nationwide, it is more important than ever to look out for one another,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “These employers are taking the lead, and we are proud to recognize their efforts.”
NSC and Our Driving Concern recognized the following employers:
Exemplary Award Recipient
- Buffalo Gap Instrumentation & Electrical Co. Inc.
- City of Arlington
- Dallas ISD
- MedStar Mobile Healthcare
- City of Irving
- City of San Antonio, Office of Risk Management
- City of Waco
- LeMeilleur’s RV Truck & Equipment Repair Co., Inc.
- Port of Corpus Christi
Honorable Mention Award Recipient
- AFC Transportation
- Brown Integrity, LLC.
- CECO Pipeline Services & CECO Compressor
- Erath County Offices of TxDOT
- Service First Distribution/Mid-South Baking
- Titan Directional Drilling
Employee education, training and other activities centered on traffic safety were considered in evaluating nominees.
Some say talking to yourself is a sign of genius. When your car talks to you, it is a sign you need to pay attention. Let me share a story to illustrate why I have come to trust my car’s safety features.
On a recent return trip from the airport, my car told me I was tired. Yep, it was talking to me. Well, not in so many words, but rather it sent me an alert via my dashboard. The iconic image of a steaming cup of coffee was telling me I was beat.
I live 90 minutes from the airport. It was 11 p.m., and I had a long day, starting before 6 a.m.
My car recognized it was time for me to pull over. How did it know? The answer: technology. Common drowsiness alert systems track how often you depart from your lane over a short period of time to determine if you may be drowsy.
A: Take those three words and think about how your organization can benefit from studying risks associated with fatigue and drowsy driving. Dr. Charles Czeisler is the renown “Sleep Doctor” from Harvard who has worked with professional athletes and aerospace engineers to help them obtain adequate rest and reach peak performance.
Drivers and passengers are three to 10 times more likely to be killed in crashes in
The proximity of trauma care is one reason. Another: Seat belt use is lower in rural areas.
CDC found 61% of drivers and passengers killed in America’s most rural counties were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. In Texas, about 92% of drivers and passengers buckle up, a dramatic increase from 76% when the Texas Department of Transportation first launched its Click It or Ticket program in 2002.
Still, TxDOT reports more than 43% of people killed in crashes statewide were not properly restrained in 2016. And it’s not just pickup truck drivers involved in incidents on country roads. Three out of four kids are not buckled correctly. Make a connection with your employees by sharing TxDOT’s child protection resources.
A: A driver’s field of vision can be narrowed to include only areas illuminated by headlights and fixed road lights. Depth perception and peripheral vision can be compromised. And then, there is fatigue.
Fatigue is caused by sleep-deprivation, time-on-task tedium and body-clock disruption. All can be factors leading to drowsy driving. The ability to sustain attention, see and react to hazards dips when drivers are drowsy. In a National Safety Council survey, one in five working Americans admitted to falling asleep while driving in the past month.
October is a good time to talk about risks associated with night driving and pedestrian safety because the month typically is reserved for fall festivals and Halloween activities and concludes as daylight savings time nears an end. Your drivers and employees will be driving during more in the dark.
Education is vital component when it comes to shifting culture and altering risky driving behaviors. Smoking once was considered a fanciful mainstream activity. Now, smoking is banned in almost all public places. How long before cell phone use is banned in all vehicles — handheld and hand-free?
While that question does not come with a ready-made answer, some others do. How often should you talk about traffic safety? Every day? Once a month? Every six months?
The answer is whatever works best at your organization. Be sure your traffic safety efforts are consistent and ongoing. Let us help with our free resources, including our 2017-2018 calendar and wall poster collection:
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One way to connect with your workforce during this difficult time is to talk about the importance of properly securing loads. Our Safety Huddle resources provide talking points on a variety of traffic safety issues, including securing your load.
Most drivers recognize speeding is a threat to their own safety and that speeding can put others around them on the road in jeopardy, too. Yet, speeding remains one of the most common risky driving behaviors, and few view this risky behavior in the same social context as being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
When you talk with your employees and your drivers about speeding, ask if they are familiar with the hurry-up-and-get-there syndrome. You know the one: A person zooms by, then a minute or two later can be spotted only a few yards ahead in congested traffic.