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DRIVE SMART Virginia honored with safety award

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Posted at 9:51 AM, Jun 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-12 08:16:02-04

RICHMOND, Va (DRIVE SMART) – Governor Bob McDonnell awarded DRIVE SMART Virginia the 2012 Edgar P. Layman, Jr. Award for Motor Carrier Safety last week. The award goes to organizations who educate commuters about transportation safety.

The Share the Road with Trucks curriculum was added to Drivers Ed Training in 2011 through a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The program helps teens learn to share the road with large trucks. It is now taught in every high school in Virginia.

The Sharing the Road with Trucks curriculum includes the following info:

•  No zone – front, rear left and right, areas around the truck where crashes are most likely to occur

•  Passing – drivers should signal and move steadily around the truck

•  Merging – truck blind spots make it difficult to see passenger cars

•  Stopping distance – for trucks, 40% greater than cars

To view the curriculum go to http://drivesmartva.org/current-projects/share-the-road/share-the-road-with-trucks/