Truck safety class in Demopolis today

Published 10:09 am Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) and the Alabama Loggers Council (ALC) will host “Truck Driver Safety Day” programs Tuesday, Nov. 8, at RockTenn at Demopolis and Wednesday at the International Paper facility at Naheola.

The program, “Logging Zero Accidents,” includes a series of truck and driver safety days at Alabama’s pulp and paper mills, where a free lunch is provided for participating truck drivers, as well as safe-driving information and a free safety analysis of the truck.

Alabama’s timber haulers have an outstanding safety record. Accident statistics from the last two years show that log trucks are involved in less than one percent of the state’s vehicle accidents.

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“Safety is a top priority,” said ALC Director Ray Clifton. “Our goal is to help our members operate in a safe and responsible manner and to provide information about sharing the roads with log trucks. In addition to being good business, safe driving is of utmost importance to our families, friends, and the driving public. Our goal is to be accident-free.”

The “Logging Zero Accidents” program kicked off at International Paper in Pine Hill Oct. 11 and will continue at eleven other facilities across the state before concluding in mid-December. Driver education programs and public service announcements will follow in 2012.