DRIVE SMART Virginia is a dynamic statewide non-profit located in Richmond, Virginia whose mission is to improve the safety of Virginia’s roadways by raising awareness about traffic safety. We execute public information and education campaigns on distracted and impaired driving, teen driving, occupant protection, sharing the road, etc. We partner with companies, localities, law enforcement, state and federal agencies, and schools to deliver our message.
We are looking for one sharp cookie to join our team. Our Grants and Operations Coordinator works behind the scenes to make sure that all of our administrative processes move forward. State or federal grants administration experience is a plus. This is a full-time exempt position that reports to the Executive Director.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, salary history, and current resume to Leah Hostetler at email@example.com no later than COB September 21, 2016.
Robert L. Sumwalt has been a member of the NTSB since 2006 and has been a fierce advocate for improving safety in all modes of transportation, including teen driver safety, impaired driving, distractions in transportation, and several rail safety initiatives. Sumwalt will deliver a keynote address for the 2014 Virginia Distracted Driving Summit on September 15 in Richmond.
Cpl. Rebecca Ellison of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department recently stopped a woman near the school’s medical campus for traveling the wrong way on a one-way street.
Every day in this county, an average of nine people die in traffic crashes where the proximate cause was driver distraction, usually a distraction from technology.
A recent study by Virginia Tech showed 80 percent of all crashes, and 65 percent of all near-crashes, involved a distracted driving incident within three seconds of the event.
I went through the drive-through of McDonalds, extremely hungry, and bought a burger and fries. As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I was looking down and eating my fries.
The conversation always begins with a knock on a door. It’s one of the hardest responsibilities of a public safety professional’s job – delivering a death message. Telling someone that his or her loved one won’t be coming home today, tonight, tomorrow, ever.
For those of us who understand the distractions of talking or texting on a cell phone while driving and acknowledge this is not a safe thing to do, we probably avoid picking up the phone to use while the vehicle is in motion.
Bicycling is a joyous thing. The wind rustles your clothes and cools you. The colors around you are vivid. You smell the scents of the world. Hear the sounds of children playing, your chain making little whisperings, dogs barking, and trains, and people talking as you roll by. It’s a joyous life-affirming thing.
We all know that distracted driving has become a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel.
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