ATA, Codega Add Safety Training Videos

March 1, 2010

The American Trucking Associations and Codega say their trucking safety videos feature the latest in educational animation technology to help hold drivers’ attention.

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The American Trucking Associations and Codega introduced three new trucking safety videos and accompanying educational materials featuring the latest in educational animation technology, along with corresponding workbooks and quizzes to measure comprehension and progress.
• “Taking a Look at: Drug & Alcohol Awareness” provides professional drivers with a trucking-specific overview of the statistics and federal regulations related to drugs and alcohol.
•“The Mystery of: Interpreting Vital Signs” offers professional drivers a comprehensive refresher of the various shapes, colors and types of signs and what they all mean.
• “Investigating: Following & Stopping Distances” examines the basics of perception, reaction and inertia, as well as environmental conditions and their influence on stopping distance.
To order the ATA-Codega ProTraining Safety Series videos or for more information, call 866-729-3932 or go to www.atabusinesssolutions.com.

LaHood commends Alabama for first-ever statewide summit on distracted driving
In what is likely the a sign of things to come, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently delivered the keynote speech at the Alabama Distracted Driving Summit in Birmingham, addressing the dangerous and growing trend of distracted driving. LaHood also commended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Transportation Centers in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa for their leadership in convening the first-ever statewide summit on the issue.

“Distracted driving is a serious life-and-death problem,” LaHood said. “There are proven strategies we can use to help combat this epidemic, but it will also take leadership and coordination to protect our communities and the traveling public. The University of Alabama-Birmingham’s summit – the first of its kind outside Washington – helps continue the national conversation on distracted driving and will put more good ideas on the table to prevent needless deaths. I hope other states will follow its lead.”

Modeled on the national Distracted Driving Summit that LaHood convened this past fall, Alabama’s summit was cosponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s University Transportation Center, part of the UAB Injury Control and Research Center, and the University Transportation Center for Alabama. “Secretary LaHood issued a challenge to the states to move quickly to address the issues of distracted driving,” said Dr. Russ Fine, director of the UAB UTC. “Alabama’s response has been gratifying.”

Research findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show nearly 6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver, and more than half a million were injured. On any given day in 2008, more than 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a handheld cell phone. The worst offenders are the youngest drivers: men and women under 20 years of age.

Connie Heiss Multimedia Manager, Office of Public Affairs
American Trucking Associations
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