June 2023 Newsletter: Be Prepared for Incidents, Be Kind to Those Who Watch Out for Us

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This is a depiction of a little girl flexing her "big muscles" for road safety.

Flexing Safety Muscles

In 2021, one person was injured every 2 minutes 12 seconds in a crash on Texas roads, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. One reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds. Are you ready to handle an incident involving one of your drivers and/or one of your vehicles?

Join us from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 22, for our next free online training session. Learn from the man who wrote the book on driving safety – literally – Brian Fielkow. He is the author of Driving to Perfection: Achieving Business Excellence by Creating a Vibrant Culture. Register to attend now:

Fielkow, who now works as a consultant and executive vice president of risk resources for Acrisure, will discuss best practices for employers to manage incidents and injuries. He says employers must manage incidents leading to claims and not simply delegate them to their insurance companies.

Find out why it is important to follow a claims management process in your safety program.

An officer secures the area while EMS personnel respond to a fire down the road.
Let’s work together to keep the men and women who look after us safe.

Return the Favor

Unless you or a loved one have been impacted by a crash involving first responders or road crews, you likely have grown numb to the headlines. There are so many:

Let’s work together to keep law enforcement personnel, first responders, and road construction and maintenance workers safe so they, in turn, can continue to help keep us safe. Here are some ways you can raise awareness of traffic safety risks when drivers fail to move over and slow down – and say thank you to all those working on the frontlines:

  • Get free resources to amplify the “Move Over or Slow Down” campaign from the Texas Department of Transportation, including video public service announcements and print materials. While drivers long have been required to yield to police and emergency vehicles, the “Move Over or Slow Down” law in Texas has expanded to provide the same protection for roadside work crews.
  • Download our free Traffic Safety Huddle on emergency vehicles. Use the sheet to guide a brief safety talk and reinforce your driver and transportation safety culture.

Finally, share these safe-driving tips on your intranet safety page or in a digital communication with your team:

  • Move over a lane or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when approaching emergency or law enforcement vehicles, tow trucks, road construction or utility service vehicles
  • Drive distraction-free: Silence your phone and set your GPS device before you get behind the wheel
  • Merge to the proper lane, follow instructions from flaggers and obey the posted speed limit
  • Know before you go: Check Texas road conditions
  • Buckle up on every trip and in every seat

Let’s show the men and women working to rebuild our infrastructure and provide us with emergency care how much we appreciate their efforts. Together we can make our roads safer for all road users.