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7/2/2003
SPECIAL REPORT: Safety Month survey shows 33 percent saw positive results

According to Land Line Magazine's Web site survey, more than 33 percent of participants saw positive results come from OOIDA's June Safety Month. Nearly one-fourth of the respondents who weighed in on Land Line's Web site survey indicated June Safety Month had produced improvement in loading/unloading times and the treatment of truckers by shippers and receivers.

Final survey results showed 7 percent said they'd seen definite signs of improvement; 15.8 percent reported some signs of improvement. Of the respondents, 10.5 percent said there are still problems, but the attitude's better.

Roughly sixty-six percent reported the "same old crap" was happening on the road.

“We don't consider this three-week online survey to be high science, but we were definitely encouraged as we watched the positive input grow daily,” said Sandi Soendker, managing editor of Land Line Magazine. “Today, we are looking at 33 percent positive input, and that's a significant beginning, considering that just one short month ago, that improvement was nonexistent.”

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer agrees the results are noteworthy.

“The work environment that places sometimes impossible demands on drivers wasn't created overnight, and it won't be changed overnight,” Spencer said. “But most drivers agree change is badly needed.”

Spencer says most truckers understand that drivers themselves are in the best position to initiate change by simply complying with the rules. Standing up to sometimes tremendous pressure isn't easy, but according to the hundreds of reports received by OOIDA during June, many drivers learned that standing up to pressure and coercion isn't as tough as they thought it might be.

“Many drivers were pleasantly surprised that when shippers were notified that the service demands requested could not be met in compliance with the safety rules, the shippers modified delivery times,” he says.

“Safety month created momentum for change,” says Spencer, “and that momentum needs to grow even larger.”

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