Employee safety is the common denominator that links each of these award recipients.
Itasca, IL – One reportable crash occurs every minute on Texas roads. Thousands die every year, and tens of thousands more suffer severe injuries. The National Safety Council and representatives with the Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program are thrilled to recognize 12 traffic safety award recipients and six others who earned honorable mention for 2020.
These Texas employers are working to keep their employees and others safe on our roadways and, in turn, reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.
Since 2014, Our Driving Concern officials have presented these awards annually in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation. This year, the actual presentation of the awards will be different than in the past, just as our world is different because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Award recipients will be featured on the Our Driving Concern website and in social media posts. In addition, a video highlights presentation will be shared at the Texas A and M Virtual Traffic Safety Conference June 10-12. We will mail plaques and banners to the 12 recipients commemorating their work promoting safe driving behaviors and will ask them to share photographs from their own in-person celebrations when it is safe to pull their teams together once again.
“Working together to keep everyone safe remains a constant – even in this environment,” said Lisa Robinson, a senior program manager with the National Safety Council and head of the Our Driving Concern program. “We all have been disheartened to learn about the surge in speeding and reckless driving incidents that have occurred during this time of crisis, both in Texas and across the nation. While our lives have changed, the rules of the road have not. Safety is non-negotiable. Leaders at these organizations understand that.”
Award recipients exemplify the highest standards of achievement in the field of employee education and outreach. Their training efforts serve as models for Texas employers to emulate in developing or reviewing their own workplace traffic safety or driver behavior programs.
This is the seventh year for employer recognition and the fourth straight year NSC and Our Driving Concern have called out traffic safety leaders in three categories. This year, four Texas employers went above and beyond to earn Exemplary distinction and eight others were designated as Award Recipients (promoting traffic safety at work and encouraging employees to take learnings home):
Exemplary Award Recipients
- City of Arlington
- Port of Corpus Christi Authority
- Shell Exploration and Production Company
- Texas Mutual Insurance Company
- City of Austin Public Works Department
- City of Irving
- City of Waco
- Indeca Crude Xpress
- Northside Independent School District
- Pioneer Natural Resources
- ProFrac Services
- USIC (U.S. Infrastructure Company)
The efforts of six other Texas employers are highlighted in the Honorable Mention category.
Honorable Mention Recipients
- Capital Metro (Austin Public Transit)
- City of El Paso (Municipal Court)
- City of New Braunfels
- Faust Distributing Company
- San Antonio Municipal Court
- Star Shuttle and Charter
Visit txdrivingconcern.org for more information about the Texas Employer Traffic Safety Awards and the Our Driving Concern program.
About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we work to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury, focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. We create a culture of safety to not only keep people safer at work, but also beyond the workplace so they can live their fullest lives.
About the Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program
The Our Driving Concern Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program is a driving initiative of the National Safety Council funded, in part, by the Texas Department of Transportation. This initiative supports a statewide network of employer involvement in crash prevention. Our Driving Concern provides a variety of free resources, training opportunities and educational materials to help employers engage their employees in safe driving behaviors. Have a question or a request for your organization? Please contact Lisa Robinson, head of the Our Driving Concern program, (512) 466-7383.