Drowsy Driving…

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809

E-mail: info@agcvt.org 


April 18, 2016

Vermont Highway


2016 Year-to-Date: 15

2015 At this time: 6

2014 At this time: 10

2013 At this time: 11

Source: Vermont AOT


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Governor’s Highway Safety


A Pledge to End  

Distracted  Driving

I pledge to:

 * Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.

* Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is


* Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free.


Talk with us about traffic safety: contact 

Norman James (njames@agcvt.org


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Norman James, Manager

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A preventable collision is one in which the driver fails to do everything

reasonable to avoid it.


Studies show that 40% to 50% of traffic crash fatalities could have been prevented by wearing seat belts. Aren’t
you glad you use yours?






Equipment Operation and Servicing

Ensure that construction vehicles and equipment operating onsite are maintained in safe operating condition at all times by developing and
implementing the following:

** A scheduled maintenance program for
all roadway construction vehicles and equipment.

** Safety features (reverse alarm, video
camera) are installed in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications, which operate as intended, and function properly.

** Inspection of all vehicles, equipment,
and safety devices at the beginning of each work shift. Defective vehicles, equipment, and safety devices should be reported immediately and removed from service until repairs are made.

** Installation of collision avoidance
or proximity warning systems are made on construction vehicles and equipment.


Talk with me about defensive driving:

contact Norman James (njames@agcvt.org)


A recent ad in a newspaper in another state:



DO NOT apply if you oversleep, have court often, do not have a baby sitter every day, and have to get rides to work later than our workday begins, experience flat tires every week, have to hold on to a cell phone all day, become an expert at your job
with no need to learn or take advice after the first day. Must be able to talk and work at the same time. Must also remember to come back to work after lunch. Should not expect to receive gold stars for being on time.


Attitude Drives Behavior



Drowsy Driving…

  According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 25 adult drivers (age 18 or older) reported falling asleep while driving
in the 30 days before they were questioned. The CDC says drowsy driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue and can affect your ability to drive safely even if you don’t fall asleep.

  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes across the country are the direct result of driver fatigueeach
year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. NHTSA also says these figures may be the tip of the iceberg because it is difficult to attribute crashes to sleepiness since there is no test to determine
sleepiness as there is for impairment.

  Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of workplace death in the United States. Off-the-job crashes are especially costly, accounting for 80% of motor-vehicle
crash health-related fringe benefit costs and 92% of employer crash-related health care costs.

  The CDC says drowsiness:

  • Makes drivers less able to pay attention to the road
  • Slows reaction time if you have to brake or steer suddenly
  • Affects a driver’s ability to make good decisions
  • Men are more likely than women to drive while drowsy (56% to 45%)
  • Adults with children in the household are more likely to drive drowsy than those without children (59% to 45%)
  • Shift workers are more likely than those who work a regular daytime schedule to drive to or from work drowsy at least a few days a month (36% to 25%)
  • Sleep deprivation increases the risk of sleep-related crashes; the less people sleep, the greater the risk



 A Free Driver Safety Class

   * Does your company have a motor vehicle fleet (two or more vehicles) with above average insurance premiums?

   * Do you feel your fleet has more than its share of motor vehicle crashes?

   * Does your company have a safe driver program?

If these questions cause concern, contact Norman James at AGC/VT (njames@agcvt.org) to talk about a free driver
safety class for your drivers.



Motor Vehicle Deaths Take A Jump in Vermont

  According to data from the Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vtrans), the highway death toll in Vermont took an unofficial 23% increase in 2015 over 2014. Data
from Vtrans show 57 people were killed on Vermont’s highways last year compared to 44 motor vehicle deaths in 2014, which was the lowest annual death toll since the 1940s, some 70+ years ago!!

  Vermont was not alone in recording a huge jump in roadway fatalities. Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were
8% higher across the nation in 2015 than they were in 2014 – the largest year-over-year percent increase in 50 years.

   The National Safety Council estimated 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million people were seriously injured on U.S. roads in 2015. That means 2015 was likely
the deadliest driving year since 2008.

   Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council said Americans apparently take their safety on the roadways for granted. She said, “Driving
a car is one of the riskiest activities any of us undertake in spite of decades of vehicle design improvements and traffic safety advancements. Engaging defensive driving skills and staying alert can help reverse this trend in 2016.” 



 Drive Like You
Really Care!!


FMCSA Proposes New CDL Training Rule

  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a new rule aimed at to expanding training requirements for entry-level commercial drivers.

  The proposed rule would require first-time commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants, drivers seeking a license upgrade or an additional endorsement, and previously
disqualified CDL holders seeking to reacquire a license to undergo training that meets certain standards. If the rule is approved the compliance date would be 3 years after the effective date of the final rule.

  According to the new rule, the training would consist of a combination of behind-the-wheel and classroom elements, with the specifics depending on the type of
license the applicant is seeking. There is no proposed minimum number of hours that driver trainees must spend on classroom training, but the training must cover all required curriculum topics appropriate for the type of license or endorsement the applicant
is seeking.

  Drivers seeking a necessary for operating a combination tractor-trailer vehicle weighing 26,001 pounds or more, would need to obtain at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel
training, including a minimum of 10 hours of operating the vehicle on a practice driving range.

  Drivers seeking a CDL necessary for operating a heavy straight truck such as a dump truck or box truck or a school bus, city transit bus, or motorcoach, would
be required to obtain at least 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including a minimum of 7 hours of practice range training.

  According to the proposed rule, the driver training must be given by a provider listed on the FMCSA’s proposed Training Provider Registry (TPR).



Attitude Drives Behavior



Follow the Four-Second Rule for Safety Spacing

  Nobody wants to be a tailgater on the road, or to be followed by one, but how do you know how close is too close? There is an easier method than trying to imagine
one car length for every 10 mph, and all it takes is counting to four, like this: 

    1) Note when the vehicle ahead passes a checkpoint such as a sign, driveway, pole, or parked vehicle.

    2) Start counting seconds (one thousand one, one thousand two…) as the vehicle in front passes the checkpoint.

    3) Stop counting when your vehicle reaches the checkpoint.

    4) If it takes less than four seconds, you are following too closely and must increase your following distance. If it takes four or more
seconds to pass the checkpoint, you have a safe following distance.

  This should give you enough time to react in case you must stop quickly under normal conditions and at all speeds. Add at least another second for wet roads,
and two, three or more seconds for snow, ice or fog. Too many seconds is never a problem, so if you’re not sure, feel free to add a few extra seconds.


Associated General Contractors of Vermont | (802) 223-2374 |
njames@agcvt.org |

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatal occupational injuries. RoadSafe, produced by The Associated Contractors of Vermont, is an electronic newsletter concerning
workplace driver safety. The purpose of RoadSafe is to distribute data, facts, and other materials to help employers create, maintain, and/or improve their workplace driver safety policies and programs.

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