Project RoadSafe Newsletter – June 1st, 2015

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont

PO Box 750, 1 Graves Street

Montpelier, VT 05601

Tel: (802) 223-2374

FAX: (802) 223-1809



Project RoadSafe is funded by a grant from  


Governor’s Highway Safety



Remember, when large trucks turn, they need more space than regular vehicles. Don’t every try to squeeze by them
or pass them while they are making their turn.






Rather Confusing

   According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, too many Americans report they regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting
devices or drive drowsy, despite the fact that one in three has a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash.

   The results of their Traffic Safety Culture Index further indicate that unsafe behaviors persist even though one in five drivers have
themselves been involved in a serious crash, and one in ten has been seriously injured in a crash. 



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.



Aggressive Drivers:

** Pass other cars during congestion or bad road conditions.

** Pass slower moving vehicles on the shoulder or in the right lane.

** Speed more than 80 mph.

** Run red lights and stop signs.

** Tailgate.

** Weave in and out of traffic.

** Change lanes frequently and abruptly without the use of signals.

** Threaten other drivers verbally or through gestures.


If you encounter aggressive drivers:

** Make very attempt to get out of their way.

** Do not challenge them by speeding up.

** Avoid eye contact.

** Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.





Vice President 





   We are past the Memorial Day weekend and moving on into summer – the long awaited summer months filled with fun family gatherings, graduations,
and celebrations. We are also well into the construction season. Contractors are busy erecting buildings, fixing roads, and building bridges. The orange colored “Road Construction Ahead” signs have popped up all over the state, from the Interstate System to
state and municipal roadways.

   Like two sides of a coin, there are two sides of work zone safety – one on either side of the cones. On the one side are the workers whose
only protection are those yellow cones. On the other side of the cones are the motorists, casual travelers or those driving for work, which are literally the safety threat to the construction crews.  There is one more piece to this safety picture – the flaggers
who are the safety face of the construction company; similar to tellers in a bank. These are the men and women who control traffic through the work zones–who’s job is to protect.  AGC/VT member-firms take great care to make sure their crews are protected
by the signs, signals and the flaggers on duty.

   We strongly feel that the traveling public has an obligation to our construction crews by adhering to the directions given by signs, signals,
and flaggers through a construction work zone.  Please, think about the families of those who are working in the construction zone and slow down, pay attention and:

Drive Like You Really Do Care.. 



Does Increasing the Speed Limit Save Lives?

Motorists in Wisconsin will soon be able to cruise the state’s freeways and expressways at 70 miles per hour thanks to recent legislation
signed into law by Governor Scott Walker. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will determine which segments of their state highway system would be raised to the new limit. Beginning in June, Wisconsin’s 700 miles of interstate highway will be posted
for 70 miles per hour.



June is National Safety Month



Vermont’s Cell Phone Ban is Stronger

   In the waning days of the Legislative session, the Vermont General Assembly approved and amendment to the present law that bans the use
of hand-held phones while driving. 

   The new law now not only prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, it prohibits the use of hand-held cell phones while
stopped on the highway for traffic delays, traffic lights, signs, etc., and this prohibition covers phone calls and texting for all licensed drivers.



Studies show that 60% to 75% of all traffic crash
injuries could have been prevented by using a seat belt!



and Driver Safety

   One of the major components of AGCVT’s Safety Training Curriculum is Project RoadSafe, our driver safety awareness program. 

   This program, now in its third year at AGC, provides businesses with an awareness of the need for driver safety. 

   This program has been a part of our MSHA and OSHA training courses as well as its own stand-alone Defensive Driving and Alive @ 25 courses,
both sanctioned by the National Safety Council. 

   The Project RoadSafe programs have also been used by several AGC/VT members as part of their annual Employee Safety Day programs. Complete
information about Project RoadSafe is available on our website:



Attitude Drives Behavior



Annual CVSA Roadcheck 2015 At Hand

   The 28th annual Roadcheck is focusing on medical records, MCS 150 biennial reports and cargo securement as thousands of local, state,
provincial and federal inspectors (including Vermont enforcement) check out trucks and buses in the first week of June.

   Officials say confusion about whether truckers should carry their medical cards with them has led to the recommendation that drivers carry
their medical certificates during this exercise.

   Enforcement will also be checking whether the MCS-150 biennial report has been updated. Failure to do so may cause the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) to deactivate a carrier’s registration.

   A third major area of concern that will be inspected is cargo securement. Officials will be checking whether the load is properly secured.



Twenty Percent of Fatal Crashes Involve Fatigue

    According to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving is a factor in more than one out of five deadly crashes
and more than 6,000 fatigue-related crashes each year result in at least one fatality.

   According to AAA, warning signs of drowsy driving include:

** Not being able to recall the past few miles traveled

** Having disconnected or wandering thoughts

** Feeling as though your head is heavy

** Drifting out of the lane, and possibly driving on rumble strips

** Having difficulty focusing or keeping eyes open

** Yawning repeatedly

** Accidentally tailgating other vehicles

** Missing traffic signs

   Data indicates that 95 percent of Americans say it is ‘unacceptable’ to drive when they are so tired that they have a hard time keeping
their eyes open. However the data also show that more than 28 percent of drivers admit to doing just that.




This photo is a graphic example of safety perils on our roadways. Note the flagger is stopping traffic while a camper vehicle, followed by two 18-wheel
tractor trailer units approach. Similar scenes will be prevalent in Vermont this summer. Motorists are advised to be extra vigilant when approaching and transiting work zones.



Associated General Contractors of Vermont | (802) 223-2374 | |

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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