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ABA | FMCSA EXCLUSIVE
Chicago Bus Driver Brings a
Powerful Voice to National
Safety Campaign

T

he U.S. Department of
Transportation's Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) recently launched
"Voices of Safety," a national public awareness campaign designed to teach all road
users about sharing the road safely with
large trucks and buses. The campaign was
produced by FMCSA's Our Roads, Our
Safety partnership for responsible driving-a group of 27 industry, safety, insurance, and driver education stakeholders
representing the wide range of road users,
including passenger cars, large trucks,
buses, pedestrians, and cyclists.
As one of the key members of this partnership, the American Bus Association
(ABA) worked with FMCSA to promote
a public service announcement (PSA)
featuring Keith Cummings, a bus driver
for Greyhound in Chicago. Cummings
has been driving professionally for
more than 20 years and logs nearly
65,000 miles per year. His experience

lends a powerful and insightful voice to
FMCSA's safety mission to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large
trucks and buses.
In the PSA, Cummings describes his
experience and shares important safety tips:
"What a young, new driver should
know is that we are always looking
for accident-producing situations as
professional drivers. We're anticipating
what the nonprofessional driver is going
to do next. We're looking at our mirrors
constantly. We're looking for vehicles that
are distracted; looking for drivers who are
distracted. We see it all the time.
"What I wish they would know about
our challenges-and I say 'our' as professional drivers-is that we have a hard time
stopping something bigger than them.
They don't realize that when they cut us
off, or they cut in, and they're too close
or we have to re-establish a following
distance, that it takes over 200 yards for us
to stop at 65 miles an hour.
Greyhound bus
driver Keith
Cummings shares
his safety tips in
FMCSA's Voices
of Safety PSA.

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez.

"What we all need to do, all of us, to be
safe on the road, is to be aware that it takes
longer for a big vehicle to stop. We need
more room to turn. So be patient."
The power and effectiveness of
Cummings' words come from his experience on the road. Each day, he is behind
the wheel, driving safely and ensuring
that his passengers reach their destinations. We know that being a professional
driver is not easy, so the hundreds of
thousands of safe commercial drivers
like Cummings deserve our praise
and appreciation.
By showing motorists, motorcyclists,
and pedestrians a view from a bus driver's
perspective, FMCSA hopes to provide
greater awareness about the challenges
commercial drivers face when operating
buses and large trucks. Wider turns, longer
stopping distances, and greater blind spots
are just some of the challenges bus drivers
deal with that the rest of us may not consider when using the road.
With nearly 12 million large trucks and
buses operating on our nation's roadways,
we must inform the public about how
best to share the road with commercial
motor vehicles. To learn more about Our
Roads, Our Safety, the "Voices of Safety"
campaign, and how you can help promote
Cummings' message, visit www.share
theroadsafely.gov. Together, we can make
a difference in making the roads safer
for everyone.
Raymond Martinez is the sixth
administrator of the U.S. Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration.

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