National Safety Month:
In recognition of National Safety Month, the Transporter will publish a series of articles in June to promote safety. The ITD Safety Team encourages employees to put an extra focus this month into weekly safety meetings at work and to use the information at home as applicable.
ITD experienced a high number of vehicle accidents in the past 12 months and will start the safety promotion with the following tips on driving defensively.
Remember to assess the hazards every day before you start your work so that you can "plan in prevention." If you need assistance with a hazard analysis, please contact your district safety coordinator: D-1, Bill Kaufman; D-2, Mike Ahlers; D-3, Terry Meiners; D-4, Randy Norris; D-5, Evan Snow, D-6, Randy Drake, or at Headquarters Cheryl Rost, Safety & Risk Management Manager.
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More than 41,000 people nationwide lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes each year, and more than 2 million others who suffer disabling injuries, according to the National Safety Council. The triple threat of high speeds, impaired or careless driving and not using occupant restraints threatens every driver – regardless of how careful or how skilled.
Driving defensively means not only taking responsibility for yourself and your actions but also keeping an eye on "the other guy." The National Safety Council suggests the following guidelines to help reduce your risks on the road.