Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Truck drivers teach safety in Bland County

Because Bland County is home to a major interstate, local drivers are used to weaving through traffic with tractor-trailers. But that doesn’t make it any easier.

If fact, most adults have not learned how to properly drive with trucks along the highway – a detail that has not escaped the American Trucking Association, which is teaching students nationwide how to stay safe around big rigs.

Recently, the ATA’s Share the Road program came to Bland County.

“We want to show you how to share the road safely with a truck so you won’t be so afraid of trucks,” said David Boyer, a road driver for ABF Freight System Inc. in Wytheville.

Boyer was one of three million-mile, accident-free professional truck drivers delivering life-saving safety tips to students at Bland High School. The drivers also visited Rural Retreat High School, George Wythe High School and Fort Chiswell High School.

According to Boyer, 75 percent of all truck-involved fatalities are unintentionally initiated by car drivers.  Full Story............

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