Operation Lifesaver : Wednesday March 15, 2000
Operation Lifesaver, ATA and DOT Unveil "Your License or Your Life" A Truck Driver Training Video
In the year since the truck-train tragedy at Bourbonnais, Illinois, Operation Lifesaver and its safety partners, including the American
Trucking Associations, have developed a new truck driver safety video and training module. Your License or Your Life came about to help prevent future catastrophes at highway-rail grade
New federal regulations now specify a 60-day suspension from driving for those convicted of disobeying highway-railroad crossing laws.
Information about this and "what-to-do-to avoid five critical driving situations at railroad crossings" are included in the video.
OL and its safety partners came together to assist professional truck drivers with up-to-the-minute safety information. "A little precaution
goes a long way when it comes to crossing railroad tracks safely," Operation Lifesaver's President Gerri Hall said. "This training program stresses prevention by providing drivers with a step-by-step
plan for safety before, during and after they cross the tracks."
Jolene Molitoris, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration, noted, "Approximately 25 percent of all highway-rail grade crossing
collisions involve trucks, and this truck driver safety video is an important new educational tool to help increase safety among commercial drivers." Commenting on this safety project, she said, "The
video outlines some of the common scenarios that cause highway-rail grade crossing incidents, and instructs truck drivers on how to avoid them. It will help us to reach our goal of zero tolerance for
incidents, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings. This is such an important video; it is all about saving lives!"
Vickie Carpenter, an American Trucking Associations America's Road Team Captain who participated in the video, said, "As a truck driver, it is
of utmost importance to me that our roads are as safe as they can be. I am happy to play a role in getting this message about safety at railroad crossings out to other truck drivers. If we can get
even a few drivers to improve their habits after watching this video, all motorists will benefit."
Operation Lifesaver, which has programs in 49 states, has been credited with helping to save 10,000 lives and preventing 40,000 injuries since
its inception in 1972 in Idaho. Operation Lifesaver is a nationwide, nonprofit, public information organization dedicated to reducing collisions, injuries and fatalities at highway-rail grade
crossings and on railroad rights-of-way, tracks and trestles. Operation Lifesaver programs have helped to reduce crashes and fatalities by over 70% since OL was created, even though vehicular and
train traffic both have increased by more than 20 percent, just in the last decade.
Note: A copy of the video, Your License or Your Life, will be available on the American Trucking Associations web site. Copies of the truck
driver safety training kit will be available at the beginning of April.
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