During the next few months we will see an increase in travel as families schedule vacation periods to enjoy their summer months. We are requesting that all Safety Advocates remind them to remember these basic safe driving tips:
1. Always wearing your safety belt
2. Obey the speed limit
3. Always Drive Sober
4. Prior to any travel, get adequate rest!
5. Drive without Distractions (texting, cell phone, etc...)
It is important that we share this message with our agencies, co-workers, the community and our family members. In addition, June is National Rail Safety Awareness Month. ALDOT, Operation Lifesaver and a host of federal, state and local safety advocates will join forces to promote the importance of this highway-rail grade crossing safety campaign. Please see all the activities planned for this month on the actual Safety Calendar.
Last year, preliminary data reveals that 85 crashes involve trains. There were 45 injuries and 5 fatalities in Alabama and unfortunately, Alabama is ranked 6th among the top 15 states with the highest number of highway-rail grade crossing collisions in 2013.