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Time… Behind the Wheel

Q. As a Fleet Manager with driver safety responsibilities, I am always looking for some unique information to share with my team. In a recent meeting with my technicians, we were comparing hours worked versus hours driving…and the team realized they are behind the wheel and driving most of the day. I used this information to reinforce our commitment to driver safety training and show them that our ongoing training is necessary.

I like the fact that my team is thinking more about their own personal driving safety and considering how important it is to work safe every-day.

Considering this subject of hours spent working and driving, would you have any information that I could add to our next team meeting?

Fleet Manager

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Good Driver Training is More Important Than Ever

Our Ask The Expert section for June pays a visit to one of Driving Dynamics’ safety experts. Join our senior instructor, Kathy Rude, for a quick conversation about aggressive and distracted driving.

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A Common Occurrence – The Rear-end Collision:

Q. Thank you for sending out the Driver Advantage newsletter each month. I use it as part of my safety talks with our sales team and the equipment technicians who are on the road serving our clients.

Recently we have had a number of our drivers being rear-ended while sitting at a stop light. Could you provide some information I could share with our team to reduce this type of collision?

Thank you,

Health & Safety Specialist

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A Recent Tragic Event – My Personal Reflection

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.

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