Posted by: project151 | November 20, 2007

Project 151 talks with Virginia Truck Safety Coalition

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Project 151 is working with the Virginia-based Truck Safety Coalition (TSC)  on ways to improve road safety in the Rockfish Valley. Home to thousands, and a destination for people living at and visiting Wintergreen Resort, the Valley’s main highways, Rts. 151 and 6, are a popular cut through for large rigs. On Tuesday, John Lannen, TSC Executive Director, spoke with P-151 discussing ways they could work together over the coming months. “We are an organization working with families who have lost loved ones as a result of accidents involving trucks of varying sizes. We’re not there only when the accidents happen, but months and years later after the emotional trauma is over,” he says.

The TSC is a partnership between The Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) Foundation, and Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T). The Coalition is dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes, providing compassionate support to truck crash survivors and families of truck crash victims, and educating the public, policy-makers and media about truck safety issues.

P-151 founder Tommy Stafford says working with The Truck Safety Coalition is an excellent step in preventing future catastrophic accidents that are bound to happen.

“Right now by VDOT’s estimation, over 500 semi trucks a day use Routes 151 and 6 as a cut through between I-64 and Route 29. Our organization believes the community and those visiting the Rockfish Valley would benefit by having commercial traffic utilize interstates and U.S. Highways designed for that type of traffic. We certainly aren’t targeting local trucks or those making deliveries here, but those simply cutting through. Nelson gains no benefit from that type of transient truck traffic whatsoever It’s only a matter of time before we see an accident along this these two highways greater than anything seen before.”

Visit Truck Safety Coalition’s website by clicking here.

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