Wednesday, January 9, 2019

'Buckle Up for Safety, Buckle Up!'

Buckle up for safety, buckle up!
Buckle up for safety, always buckle up!
Pull your seat belt snug, give an extra tug,
Buckle up for safety, buckle up!

Buckle up for safety, buckle up!
Buckle up for safety, always buckle up!
Show the world you care by the belt you wear,
Buckle up for safety, when you're driving buckle up!

Buckle up for safety, buckle up!
Buckle up for safety, always buckle up!
Put your mind at ease, tell your riders, please
Get your seat belts buckled, everybody buckle up!

Buckle up for safety, everybody buckle up!

--- National Safety Council Public Service Announcement (1964)

On Monday, January 7, 2019, a privately-owned vehicle ran a red light and broadsided a Long-Life Vehicle (LLV) in South Florida. The Letter Carrier was not injured, but had he not been wearing his seatbelt, the results could have been tragic.  

The South Florida Leadership Team wants you to return home safely and without injury each day.  Wearing your seat belt can ensure that our most valued delivery is delivered each day. That’s YOU

Wearing a seat belt is the simplest and most effective way to stay safe, yet too many drivers do not take the time to buckle up.

Crash-related injuries attributed not to wearing a seat belt can effect a driver’s livelihood and can have a tremendous emotional and financial impact on the driver and his or her family. Not to mention the fact that forgetting the simple act of putting on your seatbelt can cost you your life!

Buckling up is the most important safety measure you can take to protect yourself in a crash as it helps keep you safe and secure inside your delivery vehicle. Seat belts also are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.

Some Rules of the Road

·   Be attentive and keep your eyes on the road at all times. Distractions are easy to come by, but it is your personal decision to maintain focus.
·   Be sure that all vehicle doors are closed when you are traveling to and from your route, moving between park and relay points, and entering or crossing intersecting roadways.
·   When you are operating a vehicle on curb line delivery routes and traveling in intervals of 500 feet (1/10 mile) or less at speeds no greater than 15 miles per hour between delivery stops, you may leave the door open on the driver's side. You must still close the door when traveling through intersections.
·   Postal drivers must wear seat belts when their vehicles are in motion. When driving an LLV, wear your lap belt and shoulder belt when your vehicle is in motion. Exception: When shoulder belts prevent drivers from reaching to deliver to or collect from curbside mailboxes, they may unfasten the shoulder belt, but never the lap belt.

Please buckle up! Your life depends on it!

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