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Q. Why Do Crashes Happen?
May I take just a moment of your time today and share with you a recent event that took place in my personal life? My wife and I were traveling from Alabama to Northern Illinois on Sunday, April 2 when we experienced a heavy traffic delay on Interstate 57 in Southern Illinois.
Please see the following for details:
ORIGINAL: 4:15 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017
FRANKLIN CO. – The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency has closed I-57 southbound between Exit 71 and 65 due to a crash involving a passenger car and semi.
The crash occurred around 3:00 p.m. today. Traffic is currently backed up between Benton and West Frankfort. A press release from the Illinois State police says traffic is being re-routed to Illinois Route 37 at Benton.
UPDATED: 5:00 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017
FRANKLIN CO. – ISP confirmed the crash was a head-on collision, resulting in at least one fatality.
UPDATED: 6:30 p.m. SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017
FRANKLIN COUNTY – Illinois State Police released the names of the drivers involved in the crash on I-57 at milepost 67. Investigators identified the drivers as 29-year-old Franklin Raymond Reid of Emory, Texas and 24-year-old Lauren M. Reeves of Cabot, Arkansas.
Investigators say the 2015 Volvo Truck Tractor Reid was driving crossed the center median and struck the 2015 Toyota Camry Reeves was driving. Reeves died as a result of the impact of the crash, investigators say.
Traffic was diverted to Illinois Route 37 for several hours as emergency crews worked to clear the scene.
Road Construction – Zipper Merge
Q. I would like some information concerning the “zipper merge”. In our area of the country, when road construction signs alert you of a lane closure, it is understood that everyone will merge into one lane. In my mind, I have always believed that the road sign indicated that you should merge as soon as possible. I am now being told by different people that we are supposed to “zipper merge”.
Please help me settle a very heated discussion.
Q. We are reviewing our fleet safety program and we realize Distracted Driving is a hot topic, as it should be. Our question is about “eating lunch on the go.” Many of our sales people and technicians tell us they just do not have the time to stop and eat lunch… if they are not moving, they have the feeling they are losing ground.
Our new fleet safety policy will address this issue under Distracted Driving…and it will state that the policy does not allow for eating while driving.
Now, we are already being challenged with “what is eating and driving;” is it a donut and coffee, is it a bottle of water and a candy bar? People are taking a simple policy and blowing it up…any suggestions on how to address these “not so flagrant fouls?”
Q. Our company received a complaint about one of our best service technicians and his aggressive driving a few weeks ago. In the past we simply reviewed the details with the driver and manager, but then just moved past the complaint and went on our way with business as usual.
With the New Year just beginning, I would like to change the way we handle this type of situation. Do you have some recommendations for aggressive drivers?
Q. On a regular basis I send out little reminders to my associates…reminders that driving safe is important, not only for the company, but more importantly for their own safety and health.
I am working on my winter “reminders”…do you have a few items I could share with my team in the next couple of weeks as we prepare for the cold and the snow?