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6/10/2003
SPECIAL REPORT: Virginia governor names June Truck Safety Month

Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia has signed a certificate of recognition declaring June as Virginia Truck Safety Month.

The certificate was suggested by John and Martha Taylor of Cross Junction, VA. John is a member of the board of directors of OOIDA.

The certificate reads:

“By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

“Virginia Truck Safety Month

“Whereas, over 1,000,000 long-haul trucks and 138,000,000 automobiles share the Nation’s highways each day; and

“Whereas, in 1999, Virginia recorded a total of 1,166 vehicles involved in fatal crashes, and of these vehicles, 107 were large trucks; and

“Whereas, truckdrivers experience more workplace fatalities than any other single occupation and are acutely aware of their responsibility to contribute to highway safety; and

“Whereas, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, seventy percent of all truck-related car fatalities are attributed to an action by the car driver, thirty-five percent occurring in the blind spot around trucks, making it important for automobile operators to be aware of the four blind spots around tractor-trailers where cars cannot be seen; and

“Whereas, trucking partners in our Commonwealth continue to stree safety through strengthening the Commercial Driver’s License program to ensure that all commercial truckdrivers are qualified professionals, creating common sense drug and alcohol testing, banning radar detectors, creating additional safe rest stop places for trucks, and seeking an increase for roadside inspection programs;

“Now, therefore, I, Mark R. Warner, do hereby recognize June 2003, as Truck Safety Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.”

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