State Troopers talk safety with diesel students at BOCES
Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES
MEDINA – Students in Ed Wallace’s Heavy Equipment/Diesel Technology Program at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center recently had two guest speakers show up in class.
Steven Flower, a sergeant with the State Police, and Trooper Matt Luft were invited by Mr. Wallace to talk to the students about CDL license classes, DOT regulations and what they look for when they perform a commercial vehicle safety inspection.
The two troopers from the State Police went over license classes needed for each vehicle due to weight, dimension and type of material being transported. They addressed what they look for when inspecting a commercial vehicle and showed the students the list they use to make sure the drivers are in compliance.
The troopers also discussed the rules of the road – no alcohol or drugs, wearing seatbelts, no use of cellular phones or texting while driving and obeying regular traffic laws.
They talked about how to drive defensively and safely. With a PowerPoint they went over a checklist of what drivers and technicians are responsible to inspect before a vehicle leaves or returns for any trip.
Patrick Lang and Randy Librock from Relco Systems generously volunteered their time and brought out a tractor trailer so that the students could watch the troopers perform an inspection. The class asked questions as the troopers went through the inspection process.
Mr. Wallace said he thought the guests were very helpful to the students.
“I feel it’s very important for the students to understand commercial vehicle safety regulations,” he said. “Drivers and technicians play a huge role in commercial vehicle safety. I am very appreciative of everyone sharing their time and expertise with the students.”