Alabama Forestry Assn., Alabama Loggers Council announce log truck safety campaign aimed at eliminating log truck accidents on state's roadways

MONTGOMERY, Alabama , September 28, 2011 (press release) – The Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) and the Alabama Loggers Council (ALC) have announced a log truck safety campaign aimed at reducing and eliminating log truck accidents on all Alabama roadways.

The program, “Logging Zero Accidents,” will kick off with a series of truck and driver safety days at each of Alabama’s pulp and paper mills scattered across the state. Each event will provide a free lunch 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. This is a remarkable statistic considering the total number of loads of timber that are hauled over the roads each day as a part of the state’s top industry. Even so, the AFA and ALC are determined to reduce the rate even more.

“Safety is one of our top priorities,” 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. Not only is safe driving good business, but it is of upmost importance to our families, friends, and the driving public. Our goal is to be accident-free.”

The “Logging Zero Accidents” program will kickoff at International Paper in Pine Hill on Tuesday, October 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.

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