Countdown to Emergency Preparedness/Road Safety Event

June 13, 2013

Next Tuesday’s joint Emergency Preparedness Fair and Road Safety Day is shaping up to be an exciting event where dozens of exhibits, demonstrations, and suppliers will be offering Lab employees the tools they need to safely navigate roads and be better prepared for an emergency. Stop by the Cafeteria Parking Lot on June 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to join the festivities. Bring your bike for a simple tune-up and attend the bike class. Additionally, keep an eye out in TABL next week for a series of informative videos that spotlight emergency preparedness and road safety. More>

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3 Responses to “Countdown to Emergency Preparedness/Road Safety Event”

  1. Kevin says:

    I do hope that one simple rule for drivers will be emphasized: PAY ATTENTION.

  2. Tennessee Gock says:

    Thank you Kevin for sharing your thought! Yes, you are absolutely right! The simple rule of “PAY ATTENTION” should have been emphasized. In fact, there were studies that show distracted drivers are a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. From the distraction.gov website: “Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passengers, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include: texting, using a cell phone or smartphone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading including maps, using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting a radio or CD/MP3 player. Because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.” I would also add “daydreaming” to the list.

    Check out the key facts and statistics from this article entitled: “What is Distracted Driving?”:
    http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html
    Also read this latest article entitled “Daydreaming leading cause of distracted driving accidents”:
    http://www.kanoski.com/blog/2013/04/daydreaming-leading-cause-of-distracted-driving-accidents.shtml

    Kevin, thanks again for your feedback. Keep them coming!
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    Tennessee Gock, Project Manager of Road Safety Day, Subcommittee of LBNL Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee

  3. Tennessee Gock says:

    While I agree with Kevin that drivers need to pay attention, I do still want to stress that our main problem (on-site and off-site) is lacking respect on the road. I have encountered countless cases of motorists (and some cyclists) not yielding to pedestrians, many of those took place at LBNL and some in Berkeley and Albany streets. I have also heard many motorists say “tell the cyclists that they need to follow the same traffic rules too!” but at the same time a big number of cyclists said they were hassled by motorists who think they own the road and the cyclists don’t belong there! So what are we going to do with this discord? How do we promote the idea of “Road Respect – Share The Road” at LBNL? We need the entire Lab community to work together to make our roads safer! The LBNL Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee welcome suggestions to improve the road safety culture at the Lab. Send your ideas to roadsafety@lbl.gov. We look forward to hearing from you!

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