We wanted to share a story from last month that highlights something good that happened on the roads. UPS has a group called the Circle of Honor for drivers who have gone 25 years without an accident. Globalnewswire has the story. 12 drivers from Louisiana were inducted into the circle last month. This year’s class has 1,316 drivers who meet the qualifications. There are 98 UPS drivers from this state in the circle out of 1,170 total full-time drivers. The most senior driver from the state has gone 42 years without an accident on the job. UPS drivers receive additional driving training beyond a CDL to ensure the supply lines stay open. They deliver 20 million packages a day, and in this time of crisis we need that pipeline to stay open. More shipping companies should have safety promotions like this. Safe driving should be incentivized. It could reduce trucking accidents if people knew that they would get a permanent bonus if they went years without getting into an accident. At any rate, congratulations to the 98 drivers in the circle! Thank you for staying safe on the roads and making all of our driving a safer experience.
Baton Rouge Truck Accidents News
The trucking industry is undeniably a linchpin of the American economy. All kinds of materials are hauled every day on the roads. Some of these are dangerous. This means that when an accident happens with a truck carrying hazardous materials, the delays can stretch for hours and cause damage to the local area. An accident like this may have just happened according to WWLTV.com. State police say that a car collided with a tanker truck near the Gramercy exit on I-10. The accident happened just before rush hour. The tanker caught fire from the impact. That fire spread to another vehicle. It is unreported what material the trucker was hauling, but it has been said it was a corrosive material. When DOTD came to investigate, they said they had to bring out a hazmat crew to assess the situation. Delays of 4-5 hours were reported while the crews worked to put out the flames and remove the vehicles. No report was made about the condition of the drivers in the matter. While many drivers fear to be near a tanker, it may be safer than being around other commercial vehicles. Driving a tanker requires certifications and licensing that goes well beyond what is required to drive an 18-wheeler. That said, if you drive unsafely around them an accident may be unavoidable. Always leave extra room so they can stop.