Safe driving no easy accomplishment

Grinnell, KS, Rural Carrier Joe Rehmer

Grinnell, KS, Rural Carrier Joe Rehmer

Delivering mail safely day after day is no easy accomplishment. It takes concentration on the task at hand and a keen awareness of one’s surroundings. Recently, one rural carrier in Grinnell, KS, received an award for his dedication to safe delivery.

Joe Rehmer received the coveted Million Mile Award earlier this month for 30 years of accident-free driving. Since he started in 1985, Rehmer has focused on the safe operation of his vehicle to ensure that he and his customers enjoyed consistent delivery without injury. He looks forward to continuing that effort.

“He’s a great example for others to follow,” said Oakley Postmaster Susie Paintin. “We’re proud of his accomplishment.”

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Don’t Let a Distraction Become a Fatal Decision

Distractions kill

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 3,328 people killed and an estimated 421,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers in 2012.

Distraction kills.

What exactly is a distraction? Anything that diverts a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving is a distraction. This includes tasks such as:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smart phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or iPod

Don’t let a distraction become a fatal decision. Never engage in any distraction that can take your attention from the road. Your life, and the lives of those around you, depend on it.

Click It

Click it

When entering any automobile, do you click your seat belt each and every time you get in?

Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, no excuse to avoid wearing one is worth the risk of severe injury – or worse.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the use of seat belts saved 12,174 lives in 2012. If 3,031 other individuals had chosen to wear their seat belts that same year, their lives would have been saved as well.

Each and every time you enter a vehicle, make safety your first priority by strapping on the seat belt before you turn on the ignition.

Staying Safe Behind the Wheel

Staying safe behind the wheel

Whether driving a work or personal vehicle, there’s one essential piece of equipment that should never be forgotten – the seat belt.

Seat belts save lives, but only when drivers choose to use them. Recently in Arizona, a rural carrier was delivering mail along his route when another vehicle crossed multiple lanes of traffic and struck the front, driver’s side corner of the LLV. The impact spun the LLV around and pushed it across the road. After striking the LLV, the other vehicle smashed through mailboxes and rolled over in a field.

The carrier was injured in the accident, but remained alive inside the LLV thanks to the conscious effort to buckle up.

Even when one takes every precaution to drive safely, another driver might not use similar judgment. Always protect yourself from their mistakes by making the conscious decision to buckle up. It could be the difference that prevents a bad situation from becoming a fatal one.

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