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During a press conference held at Con-way Truckload's headquarters in
Joplin, Mo., representatives from the three organizations highlighted key safety tips for
sharing the road with trucks, including distracted driving and blind spot awareness, as well as safe following and passing distances. Con-way professional drivers and ART Captains
Stephanie Klang and
David May were also on hand to offer firsthand safety perspectives and demonstrate safe driving skills during ride-alongs in ATA's "Share the Road" tractor-trailer.
"A fully loaded tractor-trailer can take the length of a football field to come to a complete stop," noted ART Captain and Con-way Professional Driver Stephanie Klang. "This is probably a surprise to the motoring public. There's simply no room for distraction on the roads — events like these present a powerful way to educate the public that we all play a role in keeping our roadways safe."
At the event, the MSHP introduced its "Gone Too Soon" campaign, a multimedia program focused on educating drivers about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving, seatbelt safety and speeding. According to Lt.
John Hotz, assistant director, public information and education division, Missouri State Highway Patrol, the state recorded nearly 20,000 distracted driver related crashes in the first three quarters of 2012 alone.
Con-way Truckload executives also spoke about the various safety and training programs at the company, stressing the importance of driver awareness and their commitment to keeping roads safe.